First Aid course at Phoenix Outdoor Centre 18th May

| April 24, 2013

First Aid for Kayakers. Image courtesy of Presda Press

Phoenix Outdoor Centre are running a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) First Aid course (8 hours) on Saturday 18th May 2013 between 9.30am and 6.00pm. The course is being run by a RYA First Aid instructor and is limited to 8 students.

Participants will be issued with a current edition of the St. Johns / St Andrews / Red Cross First Aid Manual. Phoenix Outdoor Centre will provide tea / coffee and biscuits, please bring your own packed lunch.

The course is recognised as suitable for RYA Instructors and BCU / UKCC Coaches (not suitable for Level 3 upwards or four star / five star Leaders working in remote areas).

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Perform CPR to current protocols, and understand the differential for drowning.
  • Understand the importance of the recovery position and the need to modify it for a small space.
  • Apply direct pressure to a wound to control bleeding.
  • Understand the term shock, recognise and treat it, with particular reference to internal and external bleeding.
  • Understand the treatment for cold shock and hypothermia following immersion and/or exposure.
  • Recognise the signs of a reduced level of response, with particular reference to serious head injuries.
  • Also be aware of the general treatment for:
  • a) breathing difficulties b) anaphylaxis c) chest pain d) hyperthermia e) seasickness f) fractures g) diabetic emergency h) seizures i) burns
  • Choose suitable first aid equipment for their boat.
  • Understand how to get medical advice or assistance by radio.
  • Understand how to prepare for the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter.

To book a place, go to http://www.phoenixcanoeclub.co.uk/book-courses/ and click on the RYA First Aid Course> button to be taken to our secure WebCollect booking and payment system.

Cost £60 / £50 PCC & WHSA members / £25 PCC Coaches. All costs include free First Aid Manual and Certificate.

RYA First Aid Course Syllabus. (Revised 2011)

The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for all those who go afloat, on inland waters or up to 60 miles offshore. The syllabus is based on the recommendations of the HSE and the MCA.

The certificate is valid for 3 years and fulfils the requirements for:

  • The MCA Code of Practice for skippers of small commercial vessels up to
  • category 2, including boatmasters
  • A first aid certificate for offshore racers subject to ISAF regulations on first aid
  • training (OSR: 6.05i )
  • All RYA practical instructors

The course may only be run by an RYA Recognised Training Centre (RTC)
RTC’s are required to ensure:

  • Only an RYA First Aid instructor teaches the course.
  • All candidates are issued with the current edition of the St. Johns/St Andrews/Red

Cross First Aid Manual
The duration of the course is 8 hours, with a maximum of 12 students.
Resuscitation manikins (1:4 is recommended) and bandages are provided for
practical sessions.
A category C kit and pocket mask are available, if that part of the syllabus is to be
covered. (Required by skippers of MCA coded boats ONLY.)
A record is kept of all courses run and certificates issued for at least 3 years.

Course objectives

By the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Perform CPR to current protocols, and understand the differential for drowning.
  • Understand the importance of the recovery position and the need to modify it for a
  • small space.
  • Apply direct pressure to a wound to control bleeding.
  • Understand the term shock, recognise and treat it, with particular reference to internal
  • and external bleeding.
  • Understand the treatment for cold shock and hypothermia following immersion and/or
  • exposure.
  • Recognise the signs of a reduced level of response, with particular reference to serious
  • head injuries.
  • Also be aware of the general treatment for:
  1. a) breathing difficulties c) chest pain e) seasickness g) diabetic emergency
  2. b) anaphylaxis d) hyperthermia f) fractures h) seizures i) burns
  3. Choose suitable first aid equipment for their boat.
  4. Understand how to get medical advice or assistance by radio.
  5. Understand how to prepare for the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter.
  6. Skippers of MCA Coded Vessels only: Be aware of the content and use of Category C
  7. Medical Stores, including the pocket mask.

Syllabus

Session 1

  • Assessment, immediate actions and the priorities within first aid.
  • Unconsciousness and the recovery position
  • CPR, including an awareness of AEDs *
  • Drowning
  • Breathing difficulties

Session 2

  • Failure of the circulation: shock
  • Blood loss and the control of bleeding
  • Recognition of internal bleeding
  • Angina and heart attack.

Session 3

  • Levels of response and the AVPU scale.
  • Head injury: concussion and compression.
  • Immersion hypothermia and cold shock
  • Burns, including sunburn.
  • Exposure hypothermia/hyperthermia
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Diabetic emergency.
  • Seizures

Session 4

  • Fractures, including spinal injuries
  • First aid kits
  • Advice or assistance by radio
  • Medivac…..the evacuation of a casualty by helicopter.

Session 5

  • For the skippers of MCA coded boats:
  • The contents and use of the category C first aid kit, including the pocket mask.

Or

  • Subject of special interest to the group:
  • Weils disease, blue/green algae, child CPR, marine stings, fish hooks, etc

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I enjoy exploring the UK’s wild spaces, rivers & seas, especially in & around London. I promote kayaking, canoeing & SUP opportunities across London at www.canoelondon.com and I walk away from the beaten track at www.remotelondon.com - Ian Tokelove