This qualification is ideal for any teachers wishing to be well-equipped and prepared for working with young people in the outdoors. It is the essential qualification for anyone wanting to do their Countryside Leader’s award, Walking Group Leader’s award or Mountain Leader’s award. It is also seen by many schools and DofE operating authorities as a key first aid qualification for teachers running trips or expeditions. This qualification is accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is externally regulated and meets the standards which appear on a national qualifications framework. It is a 16hr course which meets the requirements of organisations including BCU and Mountain Leader UK.

In the outdoors casualties cannot except to receive medical treatment as quickly as in the urban environment. Where it might take 20minutes for an ambulance to arrive in a urban setting it might be well over 2 hrs at the earliest in a mountainous setting and depending on where many more hours. This course is therefore designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate assistance in remote and/or wilderness regions.

The certificate entitles the candidate to be a First Aider for 3 years from date of issue. It includes  Emergency First Aid at Work training. No previous first aid experience is required to attend this course.

This course is accredited by ITC

Course Content

What to do in case of an incident and assessing casualties in the following areas:

  • Breathing, level of consciousness, temperature, colour
  • How to manage First Aid incidents systematically: ABCDE
  • Managing unconscious casualties-  Safe Airway Positions, collapse, choking
  • Circulation problems – internal and external bleeding and treatment for shock
  • Not breathing – cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Injuries and treatment to the head, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, leg & arm, including remote improvised techniques
  • Environmental issues  – hypothermia, hyperthermia and cold injuries, acute mountain sickness
  • Managing illness – asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, Weils disease, Lyme disease
  • Information about current regulations
  • Advice on safe best practice

Course Dates – see panel over to the right.

Each course is run over two days.


Cost: £130

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