Outdoor First Aid (16 hrs)

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  • Poynings, East Sussex, BN45 7BA

    Monday 6 June 2022

    • £150.00 excl.
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    Session 1
    Mon 06 Jun 09:00 - 18:00
    Poynings, East Sussex, BN45 7BA
    Session 2
    Tue 07 Jun 09:00 - 18:00
    Poynings, East Sussex, BN45 7BA
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  • Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9TH

    Saturday 9 July 2022

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    Sat 09 Jul 09:00 - 18:00
    Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9TH
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    Sun 10 Jul 09:00 - 18:00
    Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9TH
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Outdoor First Aid (16 hours)

Qualification:      ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (RQF)

Duration:            2 days / 16 hours

Certificate:          Certified by ITC First and valid for 3 years

Learner age:       18 years +

Elements began in the mountains – it’s part of our heart and soul. From mountains to beaches, rivers and forests, First Aid in the outdoors comes with its own unique set of challenges. This is not just about First Aid, but about managing incidents with a huge variety of different ‘ELEMENTS’ to consider. 

We take the basic principles of First Aid and apply it to situations where weather, varied terrain, limited equipment and isolation can challenge even the most simple of scenarios. The first day covers essential lifesaving techniques with the second day building upon this with more in depth First Aid and plenty of practical scenarios outdoors. Concentrating on issues involved with the longer-term care of casualties in remote environments we focus on incident management, casualty monitoring and relaying information to rescue teams. 

This qualification is accredited by the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) at band 3, is regulated by Ofqual and can be found on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Suitable for

Anyone that spends time in the outdoors for work or play. Meets the requirements for many National Governing Body Instructor Awards such as Mountain Leaders (ML, WML, MIA, MIC, IML), Climbing Instructors (SPA), Ski/Snowboarding Instructors (BASI), Mountain Guides (BMG), Canoe and Kayak Instructors (BCU), Mountain Bike Instructors (MIAS), Sailing Instructors (RYA), Watersports Instructors plus Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leaders (DofE), Forest School Practitioners, Walking Guides, Orienteers (BOF) and many more. 

Core Content

Incident management, vital signs, recovery position, CPR including safe use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), drowning, choking, casualty monitoring, bleeding, shock, hypo/hyperthermia, head & spinal injuries, fractures, dislocations, soft tissue injuries, other minor and major injuries, common medical emergencies, bites/stings and other outdoor related illnesses plus outdoor scenarios. 


We’ll observe you throughout the course and make sure you’re completing all the practical tasks correctly. There’s no scary exam or question paper. You’ll need to be there for the full duration and get stuck in with all the practical work and outdoor scenarios. 

Nature of Training

This is an active and practical course that involves rolling around on the floor, CPR on a manikin at floor level and outdoor scenarios. There is some occasional close contact with another learner when there is no alternative for assessment. Learners need to take a full and active part and comply with our Covid-19 mitigation measures at all times. Please contact us prior to the course starting if you are likely to require a reasonable adjustment to the training or assessment.


For safeguarding reasons, learners must be 18 years+ to join a public course. Please contact us if you are under 18 and would like to join as we may have some alternative options for you.

Dual Qualifications

Some learners require multiple qualifications. Additional qualifications may be gained by completing this training, avoiding the need to do multiple courses. Additional qualification available:

ITC Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

This is an optional, additional accredited qualification, often required by places of work to meet their Health & Safety Executive (HSE) requirements.  This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). There is no additional training time required as all the assessment criteria are covered on the two day course. Learners receive an additional certificate valid for 3 years. This can be added as an additional optional item when booking and must be arranged in advance. The additional qualification fee is £20.


Certified by our Awarding Organisation ITC First and valid for 3 years. Electronic certificates are emailed out to learners approximately 2 weeks after the training. This fully accredited qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). 


You need to do the full course again in 3 years time to revalidate. The HSE also strongly recommend that first-aiders attend an annual Basic Skills Refresher course (3 hours) to prevent skill fade and maintain confidence. 


As an ever changing situation, Covid-19 has made the planning and delivery of courses very challenging and subject to change at late notice. We hope that all of our planned public courses can go ahead but if your course needs to be cancelled we will notify you at the earliest opportunity. We will do our best to offer you an alternative or provide a full refund. If you need to cancel your course place due to Covid-19, please contact us asap. We will either transfer your booking to another future course (subject to availability) or provide you with a full refund. Please ensure that any travel or accommodation arrangements are fully flexible.