Wilderness First Aid

21 years of Outdoor First Aid

High Peak First Aid was established 21 years ago and has provided first aid training from basic to advanced levels to well in excess of 20,000 people in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

We are about to add a host of new first aid qualifications to our website along with more dates for the First Response Emergency Care Level 3 and the FPOS I conversion to FREC 3.

If you are an outdoor pursuits instructor, the High Peak Wilderness First Aid 16hrs is an established 16hr outdoor first aid course that has been accepted by Governing Bodies for the past twenty-one years. Taking this practical outdoor course will ensure that you are first aid skills are kept up to date and your outdoor qualifications are validated.

Eight Outdoor First Aid courses a month

High Peak First Aid has eight outdoor first aid courses a month held at our training facility in the Peak District.  These 16hr first aid courses meet the requirements for a number of governing bodies.  Following the links to these organisations will demonstrate the requirements for each sport. Hillwalking and climbing activities are supported by the Mountain Training Association and paddle sport by British Canoeing.

Mountain biking has a number of awarding bodies such as MIAS (Mountain-bike Instructors Award Scheme).  British Cycling states that training providers should meet criteria as laid down by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  Mountain Bike Coaching (MBC UK) also lays down clear guidelines.

High Peak First Aid 16hr first aid courses for the outdoors are not limited to the above sports, so please contact us if further details are needed.  All of our first aid courses offer you the opportunity to learn in two dedicated classrooms before skills are transferred to a variety of wilderness terrain.  We are lucky to be situiated in the middle of private land in the Hope Valley, Peak District which gives us immediate access to the outdoors.

We are not limited to outdoor first aid for the UK.  There is the opportunity to take a three day first aid training course for expedition leaders. The Wilderness First Aid Modules 1-3 is popular for those taking expeditions overseas and is currently accepted by a number of leading expedition providers.  If you are short on time, it is possible to attend the Wilderness First Aid Module 3 for one day to add on to your existing first aid training.

There is also the option of taking your first aid training up a notch to attend the First Response Emergency Care suite of qualifications.  High Peak First Aid is a Qualsafe approved centre (no: 906483) for the provision of the First Response Emergency Care Level 3 and the First Response Emergency Care Level 4.   To complete your guided learning hours High Peak First Aid can offer you modules from the range of courses to include topics such as altitude illness, bites and stings, and expedition medical kits. This approach makes a truly unique outdoor qualification that not only prepares you for working in a remote seeting but may just give you the edge when applying for a post as an expedition leader.  Your guided learning hours can demonstrate your interests and knowledge.

All of the above first aid courses include training in the use of haemostats and tourniquets as laid down in the current European Resuscitation Council Guidelines. To find out more about the first aid courses, please look at the following links or contact High Peak First Aid on 01433 621484 where our receptionist will be happy to help.  We take calls outside office hours or you can email on info@highpeakfirstaid.co.uk





Free Outdoor First Aid Training 16hrs

Free outdoor first aid training is currently available for anyone who is considering taking the First Response Emergency Care Level 3 at High Peak First Aid. The outdoor first aid courses have been recognised by the major governing bodies for outdoor education for the past twenty years.  Details for the outdoor first aid courses can be seen here.  The First Response Emergency Care Level 3 is a five day regulated qualification plus guided learning hours.  The FREC 3 is an ideal opportunity to gain a regulated qualification combined with guided learning hours orientated to the outdoor environment and specific to the individual. The High Peak Wilderness First Aid 16hr course can be used as part of the guided learning hours and we offer full support for free after the FREC 3 to complete the learning.

This would be an ideal opportunity for a person who hopes to gain expedition work in the uk or overseas, for event first aiders who are likely to work in more remote prehospital settings and for those who provide first aid cover at motocross events.  It would be ideally suited to security consultants working on contracts in remote or hostile environments where help may be delayed.  If you are interested in this great opportunity please contact info@highpeakfirstaid.co.uk


Eight outdoor first aid courses a month

High Peak First Aid has eight outdoor first aid courses running every month.  These first aid courses for the outdoors are recognised and have been accepted by the major governing bodies for the past twenty years.  These governing bodies are the British Canoeing, Mountain Training, MBCUK, MIAS and British Caving Association. For a complete list please contact us.  At High Peak First Aid, we named our outdoor courses wilderness first aid back in 2001.  A wilderness environment is defined as a remote location an hour from definitive medical care.  These wilderness first aid courses are suitable for those who may need to perform first aid in a remote environment or under hazardous conditions.

For those who are leading groups on expeditions in remote areas, we offer modular based first aid courses.  The three-day wilderness first aid course is a favourite for many universities who are sending students and lecturers on field trips.  The High Peak Wilderness First Aid Modules 4 and 5 are categorised as medic assist and ensure a participant is a valuable assistant to a qualified expedition medic. The High Peak Wilderness First Aid Modules 1-5 are held once a month and include the Haemostat and Tourniquet training to comply with current guidelines for the outdoors and industry.

Training in the use of Haemostats such as Celox, the Mechanical Advantage Tourniquet (MAT Tourniquet) and Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT Tourniquet) takes place regularly at our training facility at Hope, in the Peak District.  We are now providing the Haemostat and Tourniquet training every Tuesday and every Friday:  courses are guaranteed to run.  We can also travel out to your venue to provide training to enable participants to deal with life threatening bleeding. We have ample free parking on site and are ideally placed for public transport by train with links to Manchester and Sheffield, so within easy access of Manchester Airport.


High Peak First Aid Supplies

High Peak First Aid Supplies is based at the same address as High Peak First Aid Training.  In addition to our classroom’s we have a large office space where all our first aid supplies are packed and posted out.  We are currently reviewing our postage and are looking to make some items postage free as well as offering the option to pick up goods.  In addition to this, our PDF price list is almost finished and new items are almost ready for showing in the shop area.

We have a varied selection of stock that is suitable for equipping a first aid room from Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) to eye pads.  There is also a good selection of first aid kits for the outdoors, so if you are involved in any outdoor activities then we will have a suitable first aid kit for you.  If you are attending any assessments for Single Pitch Award (SPA), Mountain Leader Summer or Winter then we can provide you with robust first aid kits that will withstand the outdoor environment. We have a selection of first aid kits for Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards that contain burn dressings which is a requirement under the D of E guidelines. If you work in a high risk environment we now stock the full range of Celox and always have tourniquets in stock as well as trauma dressings.

By attending a first aid course at High Peak First Aid participants will have the opportunity to use some of the products we have for sale and to receive discounted prices. In addition to this we have a first aid kit module on each course so depending on which High Peak Wilderness First Aid Module is chosen a participant will gain a thorough understanding on what to put in a first aid kit.  Attendance on First Aid at Work courses or outdoor courses allows access to free CPD events such as Celox and Tourniquet training.