Outdoor First Aid

This accredited Outdoor First Aid course is suitable for, and recognised by the majority of National Governing Bodies, such as Mountain Training UK, Sports Leaders UK, etc., for their awards i.e. Lowland Leader Award; Hill and Moorland Leader Award; Mountain Leader Award; Level 3 Qualification in Lowland Expedition Leadership (formally BEL). It involves 16 hours of tuition and includes an element of assessment. The course also includes the QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF).

The course is accredited through West Midlands Medical Services Limited, and the first day is often led by Simon Cusack MSc, DIMC, RCD (Ed), Outdoor First Aid Coursewhose credentials and experience include: Clinical & Professional Specialist Advisor (Care Quality Commission), HEMS Critical Care Paramedic (The Air Ambulance Service); Examiner Diploma Urgent Medical Care & Examiner Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh); Assessor United Kingdom Rescue Organisation; Associate Clinical Lecturer (Warwick Medical School); Associate Lecturer (Fire Service College); Trustee at West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Accident and Emergency (CARE) Team.

“Just a quick note re this weekends FA course. I can honestly say the best and most comprehensive one I’ve attended over the last 20 years. I’ll certainly encourage my staff to book with you when they need their refreshers.”
– Lecturer (Sixth Form College)

“Dave, thanks for a great weekend. Very different from my last training, really enjoyed it! I found the intensive role plays really drove home the methods, also really found Simon´s professional knowledge really added value.”
– DofE Leader

The training is delivered by fully experienced professional practitioners and trainers, who have an active interest and commitment to the outdoor environment and fully understand the issues, dilemmas and judgements required when dealing with incidents in potentially hostile remote environments, sharing their practical experience of real life first aid incidents, making the training highly relevant to your needs.

“I shall be recommending these courses as the standard for our DofE team.”
– Head Teacher

“Great to have such experienced tutors who had ‘hands on’ experience and could understand the outdoor scenario.”
– DofE Leader

“Very good course. I have been on 5 previous courses and this one is by far the best. Will book again!”
– Teacher (Secondary School)


21st – 22nd March (Blackwell Adventure, Worcestershire) – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
6th – 7th June – (Blackwell Adventure, Worcestershire) – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
29th – 30th August – (Blackwell Adventure, Worcestershire) – COMPLETED
7th – 8th November – (Blackwell Adventure, Worcestershire)

The course is intended for those leading and working with groups in an outdoor environment and is of a practical nature, involving ‘treating casualties’, both indoors and outdoors.

“The practical scenarios were particularly useful, especially the medical ones, as these are not usually covered on other courses.”
– Teacher (Secondary School)

The aim of the course is to enable students, with no special equipment, to manage an emergency where help is not imminently available.  Emphasis is on incident management and monitoring casualties. Minimal equipment is assumed (similar to what is already on your back) and plenty of practical scenarios are provided, with feedback and analysis given upon completion. This is a practical course, concentrating on what you do in different situations, rather than what you know, and the course covers the following:

  • Collapse – Causes and treatment
  • Accident procedure
  • External and internal bleeding
  • Shock
  • Resuscitation procedures
  • Choking
  • Burns
  • Treatment of sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Minor injury
  • Medical emergencies
  • Bites and stings
  • Hypothermia
  • Hyperthermia
  • Incident management scenarios
  • Dealing with incidents safely/ systematic approach
  • Remote improvised technique
  • Decisions for remote situations

In order to receive the certificate, delegates must attend the whole course and meet the required standard. On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded an Outdoor First Aid (16hrs) certificate, and QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) which are valid for 3 years.

“Thank you so much for an excellent training course! The method of delivery was excellent, especially the practical situations. Please pass on my thanks to Simon and all the others assisting on the course. The course was well worth the travel and I completely enjoyed it.”
– Teacher (Independent School)

The Outdoor First Aid course is delivered over 2 days and delegates can either camp overnight or travel daily to the venue.

Outdoor First OutdoorThe course fee is *£90.00 plus VAT, plus £6.00 for camping, if required. Saturday night camping is available for those travelling greater distances to the venue.
*Schools and VAT registered organisations are able to reclaim the VAT charged on the invoices we raise.

CTS organises three ‘open to all’ Outdoor First Aid courses per year, in partnership with West Midlands Medical Services Limited.

If you wish to discuss arranging a bespoke Outdoor First Aid course for your group or organisation, please contact us.

Testimonials from our Outdoor First Aid courses

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