Outdoor First Aid (2 days / 16 hours)

Outdoor First Aid (2 days / 16 hours)


16 hour outdoor first aid

Suitable for Mountain Leaders, Rock Climbing Instructors, Mountain Bike Leaders, Paddlesport Coaches and more

Trainers with first hand outdoor experience

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Book on to our ITC outdoor first aid course for 2 days of practical training for the outdoors. This course meets the needs of a wide range of outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. Whether you need training for work or for personal activities, this is the ideal course for many people in the outdoors.

Outdoor first aid for instructors

Most outdoor instructors operating away from fixed sites need an outdoor-specific qualification to maintain the validity of their qualifications. This course meets the requirements of British Canoeing, Mountain Training, British Cycling, the British Caving Association and other awarding organisations. This course sits on band 3 of the IOL statement of good practice. The qualification is valid for 3 years following successful completion of the course.

Outdoor first aid for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme

Most Duke of Edinburgh Award Licensed Organisations require expedition supervisors to hold a 16 hour outdoor first aid qualification. This course meets that requirement, so we frequently welcome DofE supervisors on to our courses.

Practical training

First aid is a practical subject best taught through hands-on practice. That’s why our courses include plenty of scenarios to develop and test your skills.

Course content

This is an in-depth course, covering the following areas:

Managing an unconscious casualty in the outdoors (including shelter and insulation)

Heart problems including cardiac arrest, CPR and defibrillator use



Bleeding and shock, including life threatening bleeding and tourniquet use

Burns and scalds

Heat and cold related conditions (hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke)

Medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis

Bites, stings and poisoning

Head and spinal injuries

Torso injuries

Limb injuries including splinting

Managing a casualty whilst awaiting help, including vital signs monitoring

Regulated qualification

Our outdoor first aid course leads to a regulated qualification certificate, awarded by ITC First. The exams regulators for England and Wales (OFQUAL and Qualifications Wales) or Scotland (SQA Accreditation) have oversight of this qualification. By opting for a regulated qualification, you can be assured that your trainer is up to date and qualified to deliver this course. Our experienced trainers include active cavers, climbers, paddlesport coaches and mountain leaders with medical or rescue backgrounds.

Open courses or book a course for your group

We run regular open courses in the Forest of Dean and South Wales. Our outdoor first aid course venues are easily accessible from Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester and Newport, so you should be able to find a course to suit you. If you’d like a private course for your group we can travel to you, just get in touch.