First Aid for Sailing and Watersports




First Aid for Sailing and Watersports

Emergency First Aid at Work covering the full HSE syllabus.

First Aid at Sea.

This course is an excellent first aid training package for people to gain invaluable knowledge and skills and learn how to help themselves, family, team mates and friends if they were to have a medical emergency on the water. The content also serves as an excellent  annual refresher covering the full HSE syllabus plus head injuries, heart attack, asthma and much more. This course fulfils all the criteria for Appointed Person first aid training, however a practical course is required in order to be a full First Aider.

This course is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge (and a lot more) needed to accompany the Emergency First Aid at Work 6 hour First Aid course adapted for sailing and watersports. This course does not seek to replace the practical element but allows you to undertake the online training at a time and place to suit you and then book onto practical course should you need to do so.

The course consists of illustrated step by step directions, flow charts, diagrams, videos and test yourself sections fully compatible with all computers and mobile devices. You will be able to stop and start as often as you like and print your Certificate on completion. You will have continuous access to the course for 12 months.

It is impossible to cover all eventualities within this course, or to equip you with the knowledge and skills to appropriately diagnose and treat in unpredictable real life situations. If you suspect serious illness or injury, you should always seek immediate professional medical advice.

The author has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the course, however, this course is merely a guide and the author does not accept any liability or responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any mistreatment or misdiagnosis of any person, however caused.

The First Aid course material has been written by Emma Hammett, qualified nurse, first aid trainer and founder of First Aid for Life in conjunction with other medical and first aid professionals. If you have any queries concerning this course, please contact [email protected]

Course Contents:

Action in an emergency

Keep yourself safe

Priorities of treatment

Preparing for an emergency

Helpful information

What to put in your first aid kit

Information to give the emergency services

Role of the first aider

The primary survey – how to help in an emergency





Unresponsive and breathing

Recovery position

How to put someone into the recovery position

Secondary survey

Unconscious and not breathing


Resuscitating a child

Hygiene during CPR

Compression-only resuscitation

Heart attack and angina

Heart attacks


Breathing problems


How to help a choking adult

How to help a choking child


How to help a drowning casualty


What causes asthma

How to help in an asthma attack

Panic attacks and hyperventilation

Anaphylactic shock

Wounds and bleeding

How to treat a bleeding wound


Embedded objects

How much blood can you afford to lose?

Symptoms of shock


Treatment of shock

Internal bleeding

Amputated parts

Knocked out teeth

Eye injuries

Nose bleeds

Types of wounds


Bites and stings

Marine stings

Bee stings

Animal bites

Snake bites

Tick bites


Breaks, sprains and dislocations

How do you know if they have broken a bone?

Treatment for soft tissue injuries or possible closed fractures

Types of fractures

When to call an ambulance




Head injuries

Head injuries

What to look for and what to do

Suspected brain injury

Compression and concussion

Skull fracture

Spinal injuries

Spinal injury basics

Log rolling someone into recovery position


Extremes of body temperature

Heat exhaustion

Heat stroke


Medical conditions


Low blood sugar/Hypoglycaemia

Sickle cell disease

Useful advice

Accident forms

Final lesson, quiz and certificate