Outdoor First Aid
First aid for rural & 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 all Outdoor National Governing Bodies (NGB’s).
Further information on the suitability of our courses for Outdoor Leaders can be found in the Factsheet Download on the right of this page. If you are still unsure about the appropriate level of first aid training please contact us »
Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts including mountaineers, hill walkers, climbers, canoeists, kayakers, cavers, mountain bikers & outdoor instructors / coaches requiring only an 8hr certificate. Please note: the minimum requirement for most outdoor instructors is the 2-day Outdoor First Aid Course.
In addition to the core life saving skills 8hr outdoor first aid covers monitoring a casualty, providing insulation & shelter and first aid in the semi-remote environment until further help arrives.
- Assessing vital signs
Brain activity, breathing & circulation
- Approaching and assessing a casualty
The ABC of first aid
- Treating immediately life threatening conditions
Heart attack, bleeding, shock, burns, scalds & choking
- Basic Life Support
CPR in confined spaces, drowning & use of face masks
- Taking action to prevent further deterioration:
Ensuring a safe airway, stabilising, bandaging & immobilising
- Hot & cold problems
Recognising the symptoms of hypothermia & heat exhaustion
- Scenarios in the non-remote outdoor environment
e.g. sailing & paddlesports»
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 this certificate a part of their coaching qualification.
This 2-day Outdoor First Aid course builds on the 1-day Outdoor First Aid Course by providing extended casualty care in remote UK environments. The course includes associated injuries on water rock & land, trauma injuries, equipment, medical emergencies, basic triage & managing incidents until a rescue team arrive.
- Common outdoor injuries
Breaks, strains & sprains
- Recognising and preventing injuries from heat and cold
Burns, scalds & hypothermia
- Treating common illnesses
Asthma, epilepsy, anaphylaxis, diabetes & angina
- Dealing with major trauma injuries
Head, neck, spine & chest
- Providing extended casualty care in the field
Low-tech equipment, moving, monitoring & evacuation
- Appropriate emergency kit for outdoor instructors & centres
- Record keeping & accident reporting
- Scenarios in remote (UK) environments
Mountains, caves, rivers & sea
All courses are certificated and valid for 3 years