Outdoor First Aid


/live/courses/OutdoorFlyer.jpgReact First runs Outdoor First Aid Courses for a wide range of groups from British Mountain Guides to Forest Schools Leaders and Wilderness Experts. All our first aid qualifications are nationally recognised and valid for 3 years. Have a look on our tips page if you are not sure which course you need.

React First run regular Outdoor First Aid courses in London and the French Alps for individuals to attend. Choose from the list of dates below and book your place now.

We offer the following range of Outdoor First Aid training courses:

  • ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid
    Duration: 16 hours over 2 days
    Suitable for: Mountain Leaders (ML, WML, MIA, MIC, IML), Climbing Instructors (SPA), Ski Instructors (BASI), Mountain Guides (BMG), Canoe and Kayak Instructors (BCU), Mountain Bike Instructors (MIAS), Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leaders, Field Assistants. Anyone spending time in the outdoors or wilderness environments through recreational, voluntary or work related activities.
    Available with an optional, additional, Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate.
  • Advanced Outdoor First Aid
    Duration: 16+ hours over 2 days
    Suitable for: Experienced first aiders wishing to further their knowledge and skills as well as revalidate their outdoor first aid certificate for the UK instructor awards mentioned above..
  • Forest Schools First Aid
    Duration: 16 hours over 2 days
    Suitable for: Forest Schools Leaders 

To arrange a Outdoor First Aid training for your group please contact us on 0207 193 2608 or email info@reactfirst.co.uk 

Course Calendar

Date(s)
Course & Location
Cost
Details
Outdoor First Aid Courses
September - Mon 7 & Tues 8 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Westway Climbing Centre, London, W10 6RP
£140.00
+ vat 
September - Sat 12 & Sun 13 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, 3-4 Shadwell Pierhead, Glamis Road, London E1W 3TD
£140.00
+ vat 
September - Thurs 24 & Fri 25 ADVANCED OUTDOOR FIRST AID - 16+hrs
The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA
£175.00
+ vat 
October - Mon 5 & Tues 6 ITC FOREST SCHOOLS First Aid
Westway Climbing Centre, London, W10 6RP
£125.00
+ vat 
October - Mon 12 & Tues 13 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Westway Climbing Centre, London, W10 6RP
£140.00
+ vat 
October - Sat 24 & Sun 25 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, 3-4 Shadwell Pierhead, Glamis Road, London E1W 3TD
£140.00
+ vat 
October - Mon 26 & Tues 27 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA
£140.00
+ vat 
November - Sat 7 & Sun 8 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, 3-4 Shadwell Pierhead, Glamis Road, London E1W 3TD
£140.00
+ vat 
November - Mon 16 & Tues 17 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Westway Climbing Centre, London, W10 6RP
£140.00
+ vat 
November - Sat 28 & Sun 29 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Student Central (University of London Union), Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
£140.00
+ vat 
December - Sat 5 & Sun 6 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Student Central (University of London Union), Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
£140.00
+ vat 
December - Sat 12 & Sun 13 ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SQA) - 16hrs
Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre, 3-4 Shadwell Pierhead, Glamis Road, London E1W 3TD
£140.00
+ vat 
 

Course - ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid

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This qualification is accredited by the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority). It is the only Outdoor First Aid qualification that is externally regulated and meets the standards to appear upon a national qualifications framework.

The outdoor environment nearly always means that the casualty has to be looked after for a longer time scale than is typical in an urban setting.  This course is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate assistance in the remote and wilderness regions.

It is taught by trainers who are fully at home in the outdoors and understand the issues, dilemmas and judgments required when dealing with incidents in potentially hostile, remote environments.

Certification is dependent on successful continuous assessment of the candidate and successful completion of a multiple choice question sheet. Those who successfully complete the course are awarded a certificate that is valid for three years.  The certificate entitles the candidate to be a First Aider for 3 years from date of issue. No previous first aid experience is required to attend this course.

Course Timings

09:00 -18:00 on both days. We have to have at least 16 contact hours with everyone attending this course which means that it will both start and end promptly.  Full details of course timings are on the course calendar and will be emailed to you in a pre-course information pack once your booking is confirmed. 

Course Content

  • Vital signs – breathing, level of consciousness, temperature, colour
  • Incident management – a systematic approach to managing first aid incidents. ABCDE.
  • Airway Management – causes and treatment of unconscious collapse. Safe Airway Positions.
  • Breathing Problems - choking
  • Circulation Problems – Internal bleeding, external bleeding and treatment for shock
  • Damage – treatment of injury: head, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, leg & arm, including remote improvised techniques
  • Environmental Considerations – hypothermia, hyperthermia and cold injuries. Acute mountain sickness.
  • Casualty Monitoring
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Common Illnesses – asthma, diabetes and epilepsy
  • Other Illnesses - Weils disease, Lyme disease etc
  • Awareness of current regulations
  • Safe best practice

Booking a Course

We can run in-house training at your venue for groups of up to 12 per instructor.  You simply need a room large enough to not only seat everyone but also to allow them to lie on the floor and be rolled around without bumping into furniture or each other. Ask about organising a course for your group >>

/live/courses/Calendar - small.jpgWe also have a programme of public outdoor first aid courses in London and Chamonix, French Alps for individuals to attend. Dates and locations of these courses are on our course calendar.  View public first aid course dates >>

We know all of our trainers personally and our training is consistent regardless of the trainer and the course location. 
These are high quality, fun and practical courses which give all those attending the skills and confidence that they need should a first aid situation arise. We always receive excellent feedback from candidates who always find that they enjoy the day much more that they had expected.

Outdoor First Aid Course

Happy Customers

"Very good course. I would recommend it to any outdoor professional. Trainer was very good - enthusiastic, helpful etc"
Dave Cumming, British Mountain Guide

"The React First ‘Outdoor First Aid'  course provided intensive hands-on training, essential for our staff who work  in all sorts of weather conditions with machinery and tools. The training was very thorough, easy to understand and all staff thoroughly enjoyed the emergency scenarios. I highly recommend this course!"
Kirsty Wedge, Events Coordinator, Trees for Cities

"Out of all the first aid course i have been on the teaching on this one was far superior to the others - meaning that i took in more information and came away more confident"
Alison Culshaw, BASI Level 4 ISTD and AMI member

More testimonials >>



 

Course - Advanced Outdoor First Aid - 16+ hrs

The Advanced Outdoor First Aid course is intensive training for the experienced first aider wanting greater knowledge, understanding and skills. it is an 16+ hrs course run over two intensive days.

If you are an outdoor instructor who has regularly renewed their first aid certificate and you are looking for something a little bit different which will still revalidate your instructor awards then this is the course for you.

It is designed to help you become more advanced at applying basic first aid principals rather than teaching more complex techniques. It also covers the use of AEDs/Defibrillators which are now much more widely available.

If we look at the standard course this tends to focus on looking after people for lets say up to 4 hours before help arrives with a overview of looking after them for further hours. The Advanced course looks at the potential of staying overnight with your casualty and the implications of this, it steps into how the body works in relation to vital signs and improving your skills at recording them.

On previous 2 day courses you will have learnt reactive first aid, on the advanced course you will learn to make proactive decisions as well.

Course Timings

Day 1 08:30 - 18:30

Day 2 08:30 - 18:30

Once your place on the course is confirmed pre-course information with full details of venue, timings and what to bring will be emailed to you.

Course Content

Recap of basic skills:

  • Managing Collapse
  • Breathing Problems - choking
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - Cardiac arrest adult, child & drowning using multiple rescuers
  • Circulation Problems – Internal bleeding, external bleeding and treatment for shock
  • Environmental Considerations – hypothermia, hyperthermia and cold injuries
  • Common Illnesses – asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and anaphylaxis

Additional topics not covered on the standard 2 day Outdoor First Aid course

  • Triage and Vital Signs – trimodal death distribution & proactive casualty monitoring
  • Advanced Incident Management
  • Mental illness - a glance into other potential problems
  • Paediatric / child emergencies - the major differences between children and adults
  • AED / Defibrillator training - more and more places have them, let's look at using them in the outdoors
  • Major blood loss - Israeli bandaging & current thoughts on tourniquets
  • Haemostatic agents / dressings - should you carry them, what are the dangers?
  • Indirect pressure points
  • Infection control & changing of dressings
  • Improvised traction splinting - does it work, will it work!?
  • Further lower leg improvised splinting and the considerations of delayed rescue impact

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Prerequisites

To ensure that everyone gets the most out of this course it is vital that all attendees have a similar base level of experience. Before you start this course we expect you to be familiar with the ABCDE accident procedure and have a knowledge of the basic techniques for dealing with collapse, bleeding, shock and damage.

  • You must have previously attended a 2 day (16hr) ITC Outdoor First Aid or 2 day Pitchside First Aid course with React First and your certificate should still be valid.
  • If you have not previously attended a React First course but do hold a valid 16hr ITC Outdoor First Aid certificate from another provider then please just drop us an email (info@reactfirst.co.uk) with the details so that we can make sure that this is the right course for you.
  • If you have been attending outdoor first aid courses for years and would like to try this course for a change but don't happen to currently hold a valid ITC Outdoor First Aid certificate then please just drop us an email with your first aid experience so that we can double check your suitability for the course.

N.B. If you are a BASI instructor please let us know at the time of booking. After 30 April 2015, as per the update issued in November 2014 regarding first aid certificate requirements, we believe that we will need to issue you an additional certificate in order for you to meet the BASI requirements when attending this course. This is no problem but  we would want to contact BASI to check that no further updates to their requirements had been issued.

 

Course - ITC Forest Schools First Aid

Our Awarding Organisation 'ITC First' has a well established relationship with Andy Forsyth and 'Archimedes Training' who have designed and developed this Forest Schools First Aid course. The course content and context is totally integrated with the Forest School ethos and rationale. This qualification is a must for all Level 3 Practitioners and those supporting Level 3 Practitioners.

By undergoing additional training, trainers who are experienced at delivering ITC Outdoor First Aid and ITC Paediatric First Aid as well as having a knowledge of the forest School sector can be accredited by ITC to deliver this course.  React First has three trainers who are approved to deliver the Forest Schools First Aid course; Charles Holmes, Flora Schnider and Wayne Platt.

Please note: The ITC Forest Schools Fist Aid course covers adult and child (ages 1 - pre-puberty) treatments and not infants (0 - 12 months). This means that it is NOT a Paediatric first aid course and therefore is NOT transferable to early years (EYFS) statutory requirements for Paediatric first aid.

Certification is dependent on successful continuous assessment of the candidate, there is no final examination. Those who complete the course and are deemed to have reached the required standard are awarded a certificate that is valid for three years.  The certificate entitles the candidate to be a First Aider for 3 years from date of issue.

No previous first aid experience is required to attend this course.

Course Timings

09:00-18:00 on both days. (16 hours)

Course Content

  • A systematic approach to incident management
  • Child & Adult Resuscitation procedures
  • Choking - Child and Adult
  • Bleeding - internal/external, major/minor
  • Shock - hypovolemic and anaphylactic
  • Hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Treating Damage - suspected fractures, head, neck and back injuries
  • Eye injuries and foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses
  • Bites and stings
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Electric shock
  • Common illness - epilepsy, asthma, sickle cell anaemia, diabetes

Booking a Course

We can run in-house training at your venue for groups of up to 12 per instructor.  You simply need a room large enough to not only seat everyone but also to allow them to lie on the floor and be rolled around without bumping into furniture or each other. Ask about organising a course for your group >>

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