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RYA First Aid

Courses continue regardless of the number of students.

Language is English

A 1 day course starting at 09.00 until approximately 17.00 at Huizen (at and business unit 3 at watersportcentrum Huizen)  25 minutes by car from Amsterdam Rai / Utrecht Overvecht /Almere – Stad.

A well equipped professional teaching location with a lovely view over Huizen harbour. All Corona/Covid 19 proof (see homepage and facebook).


A maximum of 12 students and 1 certified instructor (up to 12 students possible for clubs/groups/companies), there is no minimum age, however the advised minimum age is 13 to 14 years.


The course is aimed at providing the usual first aid training, but from a boating experience. No prior experience is required. If you go afloat (or on land) accidents can happen. This course provides essential knowledge and hands-on training you can use on (confined) boats as well as on land. After completion of the course the certification is valid for 3 years.

You can join the Dutch hartslag nu ( heartbeat now) volunteer organisation based on this certificate as well. We are fully recognised and in their list.


The certificate fulfils the requirements of

  • professional skippers working under the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency Codes of Practice for Small Vessels Operated Commercially
  • the Senior First Aid certificate needed by offshore racers subject to World Sailing’s regulations on first aid training (OSR 4.08.4)
  • the UK Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations, 1981 for the purposes of Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Valid for IJspegel, Fastnet, Sydney-Hobart, 24 uurs zeilrace and most races
  • RYA Yachtmaster
  • Sensible boat users

The course ends with a training exercise where you put you new knowledge into practise. The exercise is regularly updated. The exercise is regarded as vey very very useful by most participants. If you take part in this course you are expected to tell no one what the exercise contains of so future students can learn by experiencing and learning from the training exercise themselves! Do not share any pictures or videos (if any) of this exercise!

Price 183 euro (including training, use of bandages, modern CPR mannikins, AED trainer, anatomical models,  Crash & Carry exercise model,  act fast Heimlich trainer, coffee/tea/water/cookies, lunch (bread) free parking, course book in English and VAT).

  • If you use a banktransfer as payment from a non dutch bank account payment must be completed  within 14 days but ultimately before the start of the course (whichever comes first) . Any later date for payment completion and your booking will be rejected. 

(For companies outside The Netherlands, for First Aid courses it is not possible to Reverse Charge VAT (Value Added Taxes) / Umkehrung der Steuerschuldnerschafft / BTW verleggen. This possibility is excluded by the Dutch Tax system, Safe Haven Training is required to pay the VAT in the Netherlands.)



Training syllabus

  • Boating subjects
  • Drowning, secondary drowning
  • Immersion hypothermia and cold water shock
  • Seasickness and dehydration
  • Medical advice/assistance by VHF Marine Radio
  • Medevac by helicopter
  • Contents of Category C first aid kit including pocket mask
  • Blue green algae/Weils disease/Fish hooks
  • general subjects
  • Assessment, immediate actions and priorities (treat wat kills first)
  • Recovery position
  • CPR including AED
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Medical Shock
  • Blood loss, bleeding control, use of trauma dressings
  • Internal bleeding recognition
  • Angina, heart attack
  • Level of Response (AVPU)
  • Head injury
  • Burns including sun burn
  • Diabetic emergency
  • Seizures
  • Fractures
  • First Aid kit


RYA first Aid (9.00 to 17.00)

For dates please look at the page training data


Via the page training dates, select a course and date and complete the online enrolment. Payment via check out (ideal).  We do not accept creditcards as the this would mean we have to increase the prices with the creditcard fees.

  • If you use a banktransfer as payment from a non dutch bank account payment must be completed  directly.  Any later date for payment completion and your booking will be rejected. Unfortunately some bad experiences in the past.


Companies/clubs There are possibilities to give this training at your location, please send an email to the above mailadres for inquiries.