Outdoor First Aid

Outdoor First Aid

First aid for  remote outdoor environments.

Suitable for anyone undertaking outdoor activities, adventurous journeys or leading groups outdoors. Our 2-day Outdoor First Aid Course is the national benchmark for outdoor first aid training in the UK and is recognised by the Outdoor National Governing Bodies (NGB’s).

emergency Outdoor First Aid (8HRS)

Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts including mountaineers, hill walkers, climbers, canoeists, kayakers, cavers, mountain bikers & outdoor instructors / coaches requiring only the 8hr certificate. Please note: the minimum requirement for most outdoor instructors is the 16hr Outdoor First Aid Course.

Course content:

In addition to the core life saving skills 8hr outdoor first aid covers monitoring a casualty, providing insulation & shelter and first aid in an outdoor environment until further help arrives.


  • Approaching and assessing a casualty (D.R. + A.B.C.)
    Performing a primary survey & stabilising a casualty that has collapsed & unresponsive
  • Secondary Survey (C.D.E.)
    Assessing a casualty for further injuries, illnesses & vital information
  • Medical Emergencies
    Treating life threatening conditions including choking, strokes & heart attack
  • Basic Life Support
    Performing CPR, drowning, PPE, preventing cross infection & using a defibrillator
  • Managing severe bleeding
    Treating a person who is bleeding, wounded &/or suffering from shock
  • Hot & cold problems
    Recognising and preventing injuries from burns, heat illness & hypothermia
  • Scenarios in the  outdoor environment
    Stabilising a casualty in a range of outdoor settings

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Outdoor First Aid (16hrs)

This 2-day outdoor first aid course is suitable for those undertaking more adventurous activities or journeys and all outdoor leaders, instructors, mountain guides & coaches requiring the full certificate a part of their coaching / guiding qualification.

Course content:

This course builds on the Emergency Outdoor First Aid Course by providing extended casualty care in remote  environments. This includes associated injuries on water, rock & land, medical emergencies, equipment & basic  incident management until the rescue team arrives.


  • Break & strains
    Finding & treating  common fractures & soft tissue injuries
  • Trauma injuries
    Stabilising head, neck & chest injuries
  • Common illnesses
    Treating medical disorders such as asthma, epilepsy, anaphylaxis, diabetes & angina
  • Outdoor  injuries:
    Treating cuts / grazes, splinters, eye injuries, bites & stings
  • Equipment & record keeping
    Appropriate emergency kit for outdoor settings, monitoring  & handover of a casualty
  • Providing extended casualty care in  remote locations
    Simple techniques for moving & stabilising people to prevent further deterioration

All courses are certificated and valid for 3 years

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At A Glance


Outdoor activities, expeditions, outdoor leaders, instructors, coaches, guides & NGBs

Duration: 1-day (8hrs) or 2-days (16hrs)

Cost: £110 or £135 (includes 20% VAT)

Bandaging a leg outdoors
Multiple casualties outdoors
Unconscious casualty on slope

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