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Old 17 December 2012, 08:58   #1
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RYA First Aid course - opinions please

I would be interested to know if you have done the RYA FA course and if so what for you were the highlights and which bits needed improving?

If you have not done one, is it something you are considering and if so what would encourage you to do so?

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 17 December 2012, 10:11   #2
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I should add that I am not after names of training centres etc, but the impression of the course as you found it. Thanks.
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I've done it a few times now as per requirements for commercial operators. I loath it! It's very "dry", and I hate the bit where you have to resuscitate the doll in front of the rest of the group!!
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Harsh comments. not the most fun day, but fit for purpose? Its never going to make you a paramedic, but hopefully may make a difference in the absence of more experienced persons.

Didn't talk about stuff like bends which I felt may be handy. I wonder if a more commercialised version may be better suited to some?
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ofc you cant blame the subject matter on its own. The instructor leading the course as a lot to answer for.
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ofc you cant blame the subject matter on its own. The instructor leading the course as a lot to answer for.
We have to do the HSE 3 day First Aid At Work course & then the 3 yearly 1 day refresher. It's not the worst course I have to do & I always come out of it feeling that I know more than I did when I went in. The instructor makes or breaks any course. The one that ran my speed awareness course was a terwatt
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Needs to be more marine specific including items such as;
  1. Hypothermia
  2. Sun Stroke and dehydration
  3. Crushing injuries
  4. Burns inc rope burn
  5. Chemicals (Petrol in the eye!)
  6. Head injuries
  7. Sea sickness

and as nearly every child is born with an asthma inhaler this could be a useful subject to cover in a bit more detail!

There should also be a bit more discussion on making the decision on whether to spend time patching somebody up or getting them to safety ashore. (I don't think there is an answer to this but a structured discussion is very helpful.)

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I would have to agree that with what can be a very dry subject, it is almost purely down to the instructor, to make this subject interesting, interactive and enjoyable.
As an instructor for both HSE FAAW and the RYA course, i must say on some occasions when the students are on the course as part of there work and its being paid for by there employer they can have an uninterested attitude.
This is more common on the HSE course, however this can lead to all students taking less away from the course.

The key for instructors i feel is a good mix of real life experience in a variety of situations as well as knowing exactly what the students expect. Same for all subjects.

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getting them to safety ashore.
Such as running a boat up a beach, car jacking a car and driving them to an abandoned hospital

(Sorry, in-joke)
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