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"I completed a 7 hour Sports First Aid course for Sports, Exercise & Fitness at Russell Square London. Many thanks to Charlie for being an excellent instructor, who managed to deliver a lot of information in a short amount of time. All was delivered in a very professional way & making everyone feel comfortable & at ease in the classroom. Very nice venue located about a 2 minute walk from Russell Square tube station. I would highly recommend React First to other professionals who want to update their skills & learn more or a beginner just starting out. Also want to thank Michelle for advising me on what course to do & a big thanks for the very fast email responses, which was very much appreciated. Thank you"
Anne Sillett - Personal Trainer
"This was the best first aid course I've ever been on (this is my 4th course)!Will recommend to friends and colleagues. Thanks for a very informative and hands-on day."
First Aid for Sport, Exercise and Fitness Attendee
"This was my third time taking a first aid course and I thought it would be another one of those 'boring' days. I was pleasantly surprised how great it was. I loved the fact that there was A LOT of interactive exercises. Both tutors, Charles and Luke were brilliant."
First Aid for Sport, Exercise and Fitness Attendee
"I enjoyed the course. Charlie was fantastic. It was by far the best first aid course I have ever been on in 25 years of teaching, in which I did first aid and also lifeguard courses every 2 years. I liked it because it was very practical and so we actually felt we had a bit of experience and had made our mistakes when practising and hopefully not in a real incident. Also we didn't have loads of time spent on powerpoint presentations but Charlie did show some useful photos of injuries. I really feel the children and staff around me will be safer because I feel a lot more competent and confident."
Jill - Teacher
"Thank you again very much or helping me organise myself and take part in the Pitchside first aid course which was brilliant. Has been very helpful lately with all the football I have been doing. Has given me a confidence to be part of the team that my other first aid certificate didn't. It was a brilliant crowd and I learned from everyone I worked with over the weekend. Thanks again for all your help and congratulations on running a great course. Will be back in 3 years!"
Mandy - Massage Therapist
Guernsey Football Club
"The PSFA course has been both, an opportunity to become more confident with First Aid procedures (not only in sport) and also a chance to improve my English. So I should pay twice probably ... I hope not! What I really appreciate was the method direct, effective and immediately put into practice with simulation, continuous feedback and challenging situations."
Alessandro - Physiotherapist
Pitchside Sports First Aid Course attendee
"We all very much enjoyed the First Aid Training! The general consensus was that there was a good balance between practical and theory, and I think quite a few of us came away from the day having not just re-learnt basic first aid and CPR, but also remembering what we’d learnt throughout the day making us more confident in being able to administer it, because at the beginning of the day, most of us who had been on previous training would come away quickly forgetting what we’d learnt. We especially liked the fact that throughout the day we were repeating things that we’d learnt earlier on in the day which helps us remember!"
Christina - Administration Officer
Bexley Women’s Aid
"The course was fantastic. Jenny (the other one) was brilliant and took the course at a great pace, made it relevant to the coaches and ensured that we all had a full understanding before moving on with different topics. We would recommend her highly! Thanks for your help with organising the course. I will be sure to pass your details to our other members with a recommendation."
Lucy Llewellyn, Performance Administrator
Scottish Golf Union
"The Year 6 children at Kew Green have covered the First Aid Course with React First for two years. This has been a successful day, the children developing a greater awareness of their well being and how they can strive to make a positive contribution to others including their peers. The course is well structured offering support to all the children. React First will be coming back next year to continue ensuring the children leave Kew Green Preparatory School with knowledge of basic first aid."
Gina Nicholson, Director of Studies
Kew Green Preparatory School
"As a twist of fate, I cut my finger using a machette while gardening on Monday. Very bad cut, but remembered your stuff about elevation, 10 min clotting and most of all how not to waste time washing under water. So I elevated, wrapped in kitchen roll and got my neighbour to take me to Whipps X hospital. Yesterday, I had surgery at Broomfield to repair a cut extensor tendon. So now months of hand therapy etc. But thanks for such a good (and useful!) course. I will try not to practice the rest of the course personally on myself!"
Ian Archer
Outdoor First Aid Course Attendee
"As the Regional Director of the London area for Sports Xtra and a former tutor of Sports First Aid Course via NSMI with accreditation through the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, I believe there is a great need for a first aid course that focuses on sports injuries and their treatments and return to play or training.Currently, there is a gap in the field of first aid for sports which needs to be filled. After observing a course taught by React First ltd, I believe that they are the company to achieve this. I fully support their Sports First Aid course as the course that will fill that void."
Andrew Franco, Regional Director (London)
Sports Xtra
"I work outside the classroom with my students a great deal: whether its in the school garden or on school trips. This course has increased my confidence to prepare against and deal with emergencies that may occur in these scenarios. Highly recommended."
Martin Crabbe, Chair
London Sustainable Schools Forum
"I would like to say that I have been on a few first aid courses before this one and was expecting to be bored out of my mind! But I have to say that this was definitely not the case, Charlie was clear, precise, very well organised, very accommodating to everybody's learning styles, and made the course real fun, a real credit to your team. I will definitely be recommending you to other people. Many thanks for an amazing course. Elliott"
Elliott Blain, ML
"Although I had great aspirations to get out there and teach the world first aid it was never going to be an easy decision to take on a career change and become a trainer. I chose to train as an ITC Trainer with React First having been thoroughly impressed with an Outdoor First Aid course which I attended with them previously. From day one for my First Aid Instructor Training Jenny and Charlie’s enthusiasm rubbed off. Their upbeat teaching methods made learning fun and their use of positive feedback was always so constructive. Their continued support throughout my training period was second to none, many hours being spent rehearsing sessions and putting the final professional touches to my deliveries. I can’t thank you both enough for being such brilliant tutors and for all of the encouragement and friendship you have given me."
Tricia Moulton, ITC Trainer
"React First has been training my students at the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM) regularly for the last five years.  During this time I have had consistent positive feedback.  It is delivered in a way that is specific to the students and practical.  Attendees report that they found it very worthwhile and fun.  Consequently I have increased the frequency of courses and the number of attendees on them.  I have been impressed by the instructor''s ability to adapt to the needs of the student, making their learning needs a priority.  React First is reliable and professional in all aspects, from their courses to administration."
Susan Findlay - BSc, RGN, Dip SMRP, MISRM
"We asked React First to carry out our first aid at work training course this year and were very happy with how it went. The staff were very positive about how the course was handled and how interesting it was kept throughout the day. I will not hesitate to invite React First back to the Draycott when we require further training courses."
John Alexander - Assistant Manager
Draycott Hotel
"Hot Bikram Yoga enjoys regular 1 day first aid training sessions for all their staff. React First have always been a pleasure to work with and we are enjoying out ongoing relationship with them.React First have taylored the course to make sure the training sessions suit our needs. The staff at Hot Bikram Yoga always come away feeling enthused and confident that they are better equipped to deal with first aid situations. The sessions are enjoyable and informative and the staff are really supportive. They have also been happy to answer any follow up questions.Many thanks to all the staff at React First and we look forward to our next training session with you!"
Olga Allon
Hot Bikram Yoga
"I found the day both enjoyable and worthwhile and feel that I gained a valuable experience in first aid, more so than on previous courses.  The continual peer assessment was very effective as I feel that I developed a deeper understanding! I also think the manual that we were given is a great document to refer to if ever in need."
Emma Kennett, Sports Massage Student
"I enjoyed the way in which the course was presented and the fact that we were having to apply our knowledge to changing scenarios every time. By the end of the course we had been given lots of opportunity to practice how we should respond to different scenarios.I also enjoyed the number of different feedback mechanisms that were utilised throughout the course. Going outside was particularly relevant!"
Dean Seeliger - Senior Sports Lecturer
Hartpury College
"Thank you for an excellent course which has thoroughly prepared me for becoming a sports first aider for trauma management in a multitude of different sports and environments.No other course that I attended has provided me with so much practical application and practice which has inevitably left me more than confident in dealing with scenarios which would ordinarily be beyond my physiotherapy ‘comfort zone''.I will definitely be recommending your course to my physiotherapy colleagues who have an interest in sports. Thank you."
Lisa Newey - Sports Physiotherapist
"Having read through the testimonials on your website, I can only agree with the comments made. As a regular pitch-side mother, and a practicing paediatrician, I feel duty-bound to attend to any first-aid situation. However, no matter how in-depth one''s medical experience is within a hospital setting, it is very hard to feel prepared when out of the hospital comfort-zone, and away from your team and advanced equipment.I feel that by attending your course I have acquired the capability to make immediate first-aid decisions and have consolidated my existing knowledge with a fantastic new set of skills.I feel much more prepared for the new rugby season and feel able to respond to any number of potential injuries thanks to your ALS-style teaching and scenario practicals.I would, and will, strongly recommend any of my hospital colleagues to attend your course if they are spending time watching or coaching their sporting children as I have no doubt that many of them are volunteered as ''the doctor'' without having the necessary Incident management training behind them."
Dr Clare Edmonds - Paediatrician and Pitch-side first aider
Chippenham RFC
"As part of our clubs personal development, 10 of our coaches, instructors and senior members undertook the one day Sport First Aid course. After careful consideration of several course providers, Gurumu Taekwondo decided to use React First - we were not disappointed.As the Chief Instructor of the club and Head Coach at competitions I was keen to ensure that my team was suitably equipped with the knowledge, skills and the confidence to deal with any unexpected emergency situations. In a full contact sport, such as Taekwondo, accidents can be frequent - the course instilled in the participants the confidence to manage any situation effectively.We, as a team, were impressed by React Firsts'' accreditations, their organisation and regular contact prior to the course, their knowledge and most of all the understanding and professionalism with which the course was delivered.The 7-hour course was well structured and the day passed quickly. Throughout the day my team were motivated from start to finish through the interactive exercises we engaged in, and with the messages hopefully well embedded in our minds. Thank you to Charles and Jenny for a job well done.STOP A-ASSESSWe definitely will be using React First again."
Mr SivaKumar Renganathan - Chief Instructor
Gurumu Taekwondo
"For the last five years React First has provided full day training courses for our girls in the IIs and IIIs (Year 8 & 9) as part of our outdoor education programme. We feel very strongly at Tudor Hall that the girls need a good understanding of First Aid in case of an emergency, preparing them for further training in D of E.The two-year progressive course from React First is pitched just right for our girls, so that our girls learn the theory in a fun and interactive way and have lots of practical hands-on training. Charlie and his team liaise closely with the staff, with whom he has built a sound relationship over the last few years.Thank you, we look forward to seeing you this coming year."
Jackie Webb, Boarding Coordinator
Tudor Hall School
"We really have to thank you for the fantastic job you''ve done training our students. The course was perfectly adapted to their needs and the methods used, a combination of short teaching and practical sessions, really kept everyone motivated and interested.The group we have are often adults who struggled in education and who may have been long-term unemployed, so it is especially impressive that they were all engaged and able to achieve. The one-to-one support and extra time given to those struggling really made the difference.When we had our very own first aid emergency and I wasn''t able to complete the course, I very much appreciated the offer to attend an extra day to complete it!Thank you again, we look forward to working together in the future."
Em Cooper, AU Director
Adventure Unlimited
"University of London Union Sport prides itself on the variety courses that we can provide to our students at a great rate, which will not only benefit their careers but also benefit themselves and the community. The courses that React First provides to us, in specific the Sports and Outdoor First Aid Courses, are tailored to individual needs and requirements whilst also ensuring that all the essential requirements are met. The feedback from our students has been extremely positive for all the courses run by React First.On the administration side, the team of Jenny and Charles are always extremely efficient whilst remaining a pleasure to deal with. I hope that ULU Sport and React First can continue their partnership for many years to come and we would definitely recommend them to anyone for their professionalism and excellent service."
Karl Cummin, ULU Sports Administrator
University of London
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the excellent Paediatric First Aid training you gave us last week.I have had so many comments from the staff about the day; how enjoyable it was, how much they learnt and how useful it was. The repetative element, building up of the skills gradually, has really stuck in people''s minds, particularly the ''STOP. ASSESS'' (combined with the hands out!)It was also lovely to be spoken to as intelligent adults; so many trainers pitch this wrongly.Thanks again for an enjoyable and informative day."
Lucy Pike
Ravenscourt Park Prep School
"React First came to site to teach a 4 Day First Aid at Work (FAW) course for us on a remediation project in the Docklands. The reason for us using React First was that the training could be delivered in a flexible and convenient way for us without having key staff taken out of operation and off site for 4 days at a key time in the programme. Afternoon/evening sessions and a 0600 start on the Friday allowed everyone to be assessed by 12 by noon. This allowed everyone who took part the ability to continue with their duties during the course.It soon became clear that the course had been well thought through and was extremely meaningful to our heavy industry. The instructor took the time to find out about the machinery and hazards around the site and presented the course and training in context with possible incidents that could occur in our working environment.I have no hesitation in recommending React First to anyone in the construction industry and having attended the course myself found it most useful and relevant."
Andrew Shaw, Director
KKB Group
"I attended the React First outdoor first aid course, and just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic weekend. I really enjoyed the course and felt it had lots of practical tips that I would definitely feel confident in using if I''m ever confronted with a real life situation.All the staff were encouraging and helpful, and were able to answer my questions thoroughly. It was very useful that lots of the skills practiced were geared towards the outdoors as I am a member of the Kings College London Mountaineering Club.Finally, as a medical student at Kings College London I have attended about 3 Basic Life Support sessions as part of my course in the first year alone. However this 2 day outdoor course went much further, and dealt with difficult and advanced issues that would not be covered on a less intensive course. So thanks a lot for a brilliant course that I feel has really equipped me with the knowledge and skills to venture into the outdoors safely!"
Martin Davies, First Year MBBS
Kings College London
"Working in a sporting capacity I was keen to undertake a first aid course particular to the requirements of the industry. The sport first aid course created by React First does just that, offering thorough, expertly tailored training that covered all aspects of first aid within a sporting context, with the unique possibility of additional areas of input as requested by individual participants and/or organisations.The approach to teaching was clear, methodical and patient, which greatly helped in mastering some otherwise challenging concepts, leaving me fully confident in my abilities to implement potentially life-saving first aid, whether on or off the pitch.I have and will continue to encourage others in the industry to undertake this highly recommended sports-specific first aid training with React First."
Marvin Wratten, Sports Osteopath
"The course was tailored specifically for our needs and took into consideration the types of incidents that we, as a climbing centre, were most likely to encounter. For example, we requested some additional information on suspension trauma.The course was very practical which kept everyone interested and challenged. By focusing on the fundamentals of First Aid, the teaching was not bogged down by overly complicated or technical explanations.After this training, I am confident that my staff are able to deal competently with any First Aid situation that they come across. I am looking forward to having Charles come back and teach us again."
Audrey Seguy - Managing Director
The Castle Climbing Centre
"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
"Thank you for the great outdoor first aid course that you delivered for The Westway. The practical scenarios were excellent for getting people used to what they should be thinking about when faced with a real first aid situation. This is the first courses that I have been on where I can still remember weeks later what we learnt."
Shannon Law - Director
Westway Climbing Centre
"I found the React First Sport Course very valuable for me as a physiotherapy student. I have become more aware and competent in how to carry out emergency first aid in sports and on the side line. The two day course was diverse, challenging and above all fun. The professional communication and performance skills I learned will no doubt further develop my physiotherapy training. Prior to the course I was unsure of how to respond in an emergency situation however now due to the practical and theoretical expertise offered I feel I am competent to manage an emergency incident both on an off the sports field.The practical training I received was extremely useful. The educator mimicked real life scenarios introducing an element of pressure in order to teach us how to react to the unexpected, non text book situations. Previous first aid courses I have attended never incorporated this and I found it both unique and most beneficial. From the practical training I felt I learned to communicate effectively with others, enhance my leadership skills in directing and delegating roles for help to bystanders whilst remaining calm, prioritising the casualty's management and above all being confident in the emergency action I was carrying out.The course has taught me the importance of personal and public safety. Managing airways, breathing problems and various injuries and emergencies in both the young and the old is applicable in every situation which will further my development as both a first aider and a future physiotherapist. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to do First Aid for a sports club as the training I received has taught me a skill for life:  The skill to help and save others."
Alison Kelly, Physiotherapy Student
"I would just like to thank you for the 2 day outdoor first aid course that I have just attended. I cannot tell you enough, just how much I enjoyed the course from start to finish.The course content was perfect and dealt with every aspect of outdoor first aid. Whether it was for fell walkers,mountaineers,skiers and myself an outdoor charity worker in Asian climates (Habitat for Humanity).This course has given me more practical, hands on experience of first aid that I have ever attended.It was nice to be able to practice and develop our skills as we were learning them rather than being bombarded with power point over load. I now feel more at ease and capable to react if the cry for HELP WE NEED A FIRST AIDER is ever given out. I have also now got the skills to be able to prioritise and manage any situation where first aid skills are required and it has given me the confidence to be able to step forward and to be able to manage situations where the need for aid may change and also to deal with multiple casualty situations.I cannot thank Charlie enough for his encouragement and for the way he delivered the course. He is definitely a person dedicated to his profession and for the care of others and his teaching skills are fantastic.Well done to you and to React First.P.S. Seriously considering taking the advanced course...might help if I get sent further afield than India!"
Chris Walton, Volunteer
Habitat for Humanity
"There is a reason why I thought of emailing you today  - I had to use my first aid skills for the first time. And guess what, it was similar to the last scenario you made me do last Sunday – luckily the guy was not bleeding – he ONLY broke his legHe climbed over a fence, fell and broke his lower leg. To cut a long story short I needed to cut his trousers and boots off to make sure that the blood supply was ok etc. Anyway while I was inspecting the leg (had called the ambulance and answered all of the questions of course as a good pupil does) another person came to assist and passed out when he saw the leg – luckily he came straight back and did not hurt himself but stillSo that''s why I thought I tell you – as I gave you a hard time last week that my scenario was not gonna happen – ha – that''ll teach meThanks again for a great course – and the manual."
Claudia Mayer-Scott, Team Leader
Habitat for Humanity
"The First Aid Course held at St Catherine's Lighthouse was a great success, and what is gratifying is that all the volunteer guides participating passed and enjoyed the course.There was no easy hand-out, the passes were earned, otherwise they would be of no use whatsoeverAlthough I am certainly not a pessimist, I had somewhat unwittingly already pre-assessed the forthcoming First Aid Course as somewhat of a repeat of the rushed and barely memorable St Johns Ambulance and Red Cross Courses I have attended before.I have had to throw those premonitions out of the window, and judge this First Aid course on its own merit, and what I feel was absorbed by the participants.  it was a great success.There was an element of changing the location and changing people around in the groups, thus ensuring that there was a continual mix in the groups which in real life would be much truer situation…it also meant that everyone had a different role to play, and thus had to consider the necessary actions for the varying forms of accidents or situations which they suddenly found themselves in. Scores were given within the groups, and it was soon realised and adopted that there was no easy fix or answer….if your colleague made a mistake, it was shown in a true score…a zero!  That greatly helped the understanding and the want to comprehend and arrive at the right result….the participants sought to find the right way to handle each different situation. Having the guidelines, but also depending on instinctive response and action to an emergency incident.Thank you."
Michael H Walter MA (Maritime Studies)
Maritime Heritage Tours Ltd
"Just a quick message to say a BIG thanks for a very good and thorough First Aid course.I thought it was top class. You have a very good training style and I and learnt so much.I will certainly be promoting your company/training to other depts and services."
Mark Gadsden, Youth Development Worker
London Borough of Havering
"As part of the Outdoor Education course at Pencoed College we felt that a First Aid Course was an essential element to the course whereby as potential leaders/instructors it was important to gain not only a relevant technical qualification, but also the necessary experience and training to deal with any minor or emergency situation. At the beginning of January, we invited Charles Holmes to deliver a three day First Aid course to a number of our studentsI couldn''t fault it. It was very practical course that gave me the confidence to deal with potentially life-threatening situations Joshua Hughes

The First Aid Course was warmly received by both staff and students and the “hands-on” approach in delivering the course kept all the students enthusiastic and attentive throughout the course.  Competence, especially where this relates to safe practice, can only be assured by appropriate on-going training and regular revalidation to complement continuing  involvement with outdoors activities and because of this positive experience from the course we would certainly look to run the same type of course again next year."
Michael Bird - Outdoor Education Director
Pencoed College
"I just wanted to send my thanks to React First for the outdoor first aid training course I was on back on the 26/27th of April at Banbury. Its one of those things that you do the course to prepare yourself but hope that you never have to you it.I was required to use my training this week while at work; a gentleman fell to the fall in our cashiers queue. I was in my interview room with my manager when someone came in to let him know that some had collapsed. We both went over and I could see that no one attending to him correctly, so I jumped in and took control!!! He wasn''t breathing and pulse was extremely weak, so I started CRP, to cut a long story short the ambulance arrived and took over after about 15 minutes of me working on.They actually came back later to thank me for my effort and said that if I had no done anything he would have been dead before they arrived. The gentleman is still in the ICU and is still critical but I have been told by his son who came back in to see me as well that he is so grateful, as the hospital say that so many times no one does anything and at least he has the chance to say goodbye and be with him as he heart is very weak and may not make it.So I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the skills and confidence to have a go. I felt that I was the best person to do the job even though I am not the first aider at work; I took control, and did the best I could. I did forget a few of the steps but it''s an amazing feeling to know that I could do it even with all the stress around me.Thank you again."
Katie Hughes
"Charlie and Jenny of React First are marvellous instructors.  The feedback we received from our volunteers who undertook the React First training was wholly excellent.  Every part of the course was top-notch.  Unbeknownst to Charlie and Jenny, one of our first volunteers was, in his professional life, a trainer supervisor; he had attended hundreds of courses and he said React First was among the very best.  The course was fast paced and very hands-on, but Charlie and Jenny made sure that every person there understood the pertinent points.   The course was intense, highly engaging and enjoyable, and the time flew by.React First went to great lengths to ensure that we, as a house-building charity, were happy with the course content.  Our volunteers go to building sites in hot countries, where accidents have the potential to become very serious indeed.  Charlie and Jenny wrote a bespoke syllabus that covered in detail all the major hazards our volunteers face. The quality and thoroughness of React First training programme has given me confidence that my volunteer first aiders are ready for anything."
Rob Chidley - Training Co-ordinator
Habitat for Humanity
"Over the last few years I have utilised a variety of First Aid training providers for students at the college but the course offered by React First was the most professional by far. The feedback from every one of the attendees was extremely positive both about the quality of the course and the course delivery. I will definitely use React First again for future 1st Aid training days at the college."
Sue Hall - Principal
British Kinesiology Centre
"Dear Charlie and Jenny,I just wanted to thank you both for a really excellent course. I did not expect anything other than the standard fare when I travelled to your course; as you know I just needed a course quick!I have held the MIC for 7 years and SMLTB qualifications since 1992 and as such I have been through a similar syllabus several times with some of the most well established organizations in order to keep my qualifications current. I was also a Royal Marine for 20 years (I left in 2004) and as such had a fair amount of military first aid training.I only have good feedback for you. It was the best course of its type that I have been on. I had been performing CPR for real just two weeks before and the training you delivered was spot on and entirely relevant to that type of immediate first aid and things would have been a lot easier if that incident had come after the course!I and the others really appreciated the amount of practical work we did and the repetition of the simple routines. Having been involved in a lot of training myself I really was struck by the amount of thought you clearly have given to the methods and style of instruction. You managed to keep everyone happy and fully engaged at all times and I know how hard that is to achieve. Simple routines and loads of scenarios with a practical, thought provoking and blame-free scoring system combined with great instructional technique has got to be a winner in the first aid training world.I shall recommend you to my pals and I shall see you in 3 years time.All the very best"
Adrian Cole MBE
"I am extremely pleased with the first aid at work courses that React First have run for us. They were competitively priced, professionally run and all of the attendees gave me extremely positive feedback finding them worthwhile, relevant and enjoyable. React First understood our needs, taking a flexible approach to accommodate our staff shifts."
Desko Portic - Operations Manager
The Sloane Square
"I have been talking to the students and staff who attended on the course. The feed back from them all is that it was a great first aid course and very good value. Two of the people on the course who have done a lot of first aid courses said “it was the best they have done”."
Jethro Moore - Operations Director
Outposts Ltd