Outdoor First Aid Course

Our two day, 16-hour outdoor first aid course is perfect for outdoor leaders, mountain leaders, scout leaders, teachers and youth workers. A wide range of National Governing Body Awards recognises our outdoor first aid course. Including Mountain Training UK, British Canoe Union, British Cycling, Mountain Bike Instructors’ Award Scheme (MIAS), Scottish Rafting Association and Sports Leaders UK. The Institute for Outdoor Learning accredits the course at Band 3.

Perfect for those working and leading groups outdoors. During the course, you will learn the necessary skills to deal with a range of emergencies in a remote environment, up to two hours away from help. You’ll gain an understanding of a variety of medical conditions and how, as a first aider, to treat them. As a result, you will have a strong understanding of the role and responsibility of a first aider. Above all, developing the skills to minimize the impact of the environment on the casualty.


Course Contents

On the outdoor first aid course, you will learn lots over the two days. For example, the necessary protocols for examining and managing a casualty in a first aid situation. You’ll also learn how to look after an unconscious casualty who is breathing. However, If they are not breathing, how to perform CPR. You’ll also learn how to insulate a casualty from the cold to stop them from becoming hypothermic, and what to pack in your first aid kitClick here for a full syllabus list.

Is the course accredited?

Our two-day outdoor first aid course is a part of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at level 6 and is regulated by SQA Accreditation. When you successfully complete the course, you will be awarded ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid at SCQF Level 6.

In addition, the course is accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning, at Band 3. It’s suitable for all outdoor enthusiasts and those who require a first aid qualification for a National Governing Body Award or employment working in a remote environment. Our previous customers include mountain leaders, paddlesports coaches, forest school practitioners and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Supervisors.

Course Assessment

As the course is a regulated qualification, we gather evidence of a candidate’s learning and development over the course. During the assessment, candidates will demonstrate an understanding of effective first aid practises in emergencies. The assessment requirements for this course include:

  • Practical Assessments: your trainer will carry out ongoing practical assessments throughout the course. Feedback is offered after the practical assessments, and you will have the opportunity to correct any errors.
  • 1x Casualty Card: during one of the scenarios, you will complete a casualty card, this will test your ability to monitor and record casualty information.
  • 1x Written Question Paper: this takes the form of a multiple-choice question paper and consists of 10 questions. This is marked on the day, and candidates will be offered the opportunity to resit if required.

Upcoming Dates

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Outdoor First Aid Course Syllabus

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • How to manage an incident in an outdoor environment
  • Monitor and record vital signs, including:
    • Breathing
    • Level of consciousness
    • Pallor
  • Providing first aid to a casualty that is unresponsive and not breathing normally
  • Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
  • Deal with an external bleed
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty who is in shock
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty affected by immersion in cold water
  • Conducting a secondary survey
  • Provide first aid to a casualty with suspected injuries to bones, muscles and joints in an outdoor environment
  • Administer first aid to a casualty with a suspected spinal injury
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty with burns and scalds
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty with an eye injury
  • Identify a casualty who has been bitten or stung (Including ticks and Lymes disease)
  • Know how to proved first aid to a casualty with anaphylaxis
  • How to recognise and provide first aid to a casualty with suspected major illnesses, including:
    • Heart Attack
    • Stroke
    • Epileptic seizure
    • Asthma attack
    • Diabetic emergency
  • How to provide first aid to a casualty who is experiencing the effects of heat and cold

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