Outdoor First Aid (16hr)

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  • 2 days

  • Up to 12 people
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    River and Dale Adventures

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    Denholme, GB

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    This is a 2 day activity

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  • Description

    This 16-hour Outdoor First Aid qualification is suitable for outdoor professionals and teachers/leaders operating in the more rural and remote regions of the UK, where professional medical care could be more than 30 minutes away.

    It will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to respond promptly and safely to a range of emergency situations in the outdoors, including how and when to move a casualty, dealing with major illnesses & injuries, administering CPR and managing a casualty who is unresponsive.

    This qualification meets the Outdoor First Aid Band 3 requirements set by the Institute for Outdoor Learning, fulfilling the requirements of most outdoor NGB awarding bodies, and is awarded by First Aid Awards, an awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation. 

    During the comprehensive 2-day course learners will participate in a mix of classroom-based theory and practical outdoor scenarios based on real-world first aid examples.

    Upon successful completion learners will receive a Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid e-certificate valid for 3 years from date of course.

    What to bring

    We run these courses year round, in all weather conditions and recommend that all participants come suitably prepared for being outside for extended periods of time.

    As a minimum we would expect participants to bring:

    1. Waterproof/Windproof Top and Bottoms.
    2. Multiple Warm Layers.
    3. Sturdy shoes, walking boots or Wellies.
    4. Hats, gloves and scarves/Sun hat and Sun Cream.

    Pen & paper is optional for those who like to take notes, however we can provide these on the day if required, and you will be provided one of the comprehensive Outdoor First Aid manuals as part of the course.

    Teas, Coffees and light refreshments will be available during the course, but participants will be required to bring their own packed lunch and water bottles.


    Each day will consist of approximately 8 hours of contact learning time with the instructor and about 30 minutes allowed for lunch around midday. Plenty of toilet and refreshment breaks will be offered throughout the day.

    During the course a range of outdoor first aid related subjects will be covered including:

    1. What is outdoor first aid?
    2. First aid equipment
    3. Primary survey
    4. Secondary assessment
    5. Scene survey
    6. Incident management
    7. Summoning assistance
    8. Monitoring
    9. Resuscitation
    10. Major illnesses
    11. Extreme heat and cold
    12. Wounds and bleeding
    13. Hypo-volaemic shock
    14. Bites and stings
    15. Anaphylaxis
    16. Head and spinal injuries
    17. Bones, joints and muscle injuries 
    18. Chest and abdominal injuries
    19. Disorders of respiration
    20. Poisoning
    21. Burns
    22. Eye injuries

    Summative assessment by the instructor occurs throughout each day of the course through practical demonstrations, oral questioning and a written paper towards the end. As your instructor is also your assessor there is no need for a formal assessment process at the end of the second day.


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