Blended Learning
Wilderness First Aid

We have been in discussion with the Institute for Outdoor Learning for several months over this.  We meet and exceed requirements to be compliant to provide you with the best possible learning experience under the current circumstances. You can see our COVID statement here. Please look at the latest news section here for our rationale for blended learning for Outdoor First Aid courses.

This course is suitable for those wishing to have extended skills in Mountain or Wilderness First Aid, to help a casualty in remote areas, to take control of an incident in a hazardous environment and direct others. Successful completion of the course results in a first aid certificate specifically for outdoor activities.  This blended Outdoor First Aid course is accepted by the major Governing Body Awards: Mountain TrainingBritish Canoe UnionBritish CyclingMIAS, MBC UK to name a few and contains an element of assessment.   For higher levels of NGB’s the applicant needs to make sure that the first aid qualification taken is suitable for the environment where they will operate: for a complete list please contact 01433 621484.

A set of procedures are taught that can be adapted to suit any event or environment giving participants a structure to work to.  This will ensure participants feel confident to deal with an incident in a remote or wilderness environment where help is delayed.

This course includes certification for 16hrs that is valid for three years.  Emergency First Aid at Work 6hr (at no extra cost) is also included as these topics are embedded into this module.  By attending this course you are also eligible for discounted first aid supplies sold from our shop on site.

If your organisation is paying for you and does not wish to pay by card through this website, please see dates below and contact us on 01433 621484 or so we can complete your booking.

On receipt of the booking form, course joining instructions are sent out by email.

How to Book?

  1. See the calendar below and select the correct month
  2. Select the black bar abover the calendar for Theory Part 1
  3. Select the date in green you wish to attend and then the time – add to the basket
  4. Select the black bar abover the calendar for Theory Part 2
  5. Select the date in green you wish to attend and then the time – add to the basket
  6. Both Part 1 and Part 2 must be booked at the same time to give a total course price of 195 inc VAT.  This also includes your on-site day. There are two options each day for Part 1 and 2, so make sure you do Book a Part and a 2.  Not accidently book two Part 1’s.  (If you mess it up I will sort it out) 🙂
  7. The on-site dates are in the main body of text just above the calendar and this can be added to the notes section of your booking.

They are two parts to the theory, each part is 2hrs in duration and can be completed in any order. .  We will send out access to our web portal for you to complete some engaging and interactive learning over 4hrs in your own time. Our software monitors your engagement with the learning and a Tutor is available every day and evening if you need assitance. You must complete the 2 x 2hr theory sessions with the Tutor via Zoom and the 4hrs on our portal before the on-site date.

On-site dates for March are: 17, 19, 26, 31 and April 19 and 16 You only need one of these dates and if you have paid for your Part 1 and 2 Theory the total course fee of £195 includes your on-site date.

If you need help with booking please call 07931 360327 for immediate assistance or ask the course Tutor on the chat facility at the bottom of the page.


Course Contents

First aid kits
First aid kits and best products for the wilderness environment

Safety for self, other’s and casualty
Correct PPE for the incident
Hygiene and infection control and prevention

Incident management
Incident management
Awareness of Triage
Awareness of high-risk mechanisms of injury

Communicate effectively with the emergency services
Summoning Help
999/111/Mountain and Cave Rescue/Coast Guard/What 3 Words

Life threatening (catastrophic) haemorrhage
Recognise life threatening haemorrhage
Understand a stepwise approach to managing a catastrophic limb bleed
Apply a tourniquet competently
Competent in use of haemostats

Spinal Injury
Appreciate high risk mechanisms of injury for spinal injury
Manual inline stabilisation (MILS)

Inspect and clear airway
Recognise and treat airway obstruction, choking, stridor
Perform a head/tilt chin lift
Awareness of the airway ladder
Manage an airway by postural drainage

Identify if the casualty is breathing normally
Correctly assess breathing, rate, depth and quality
Identify life-threatening chest conditions
Basic life support for Myocardial Infarction
Basic life support for Drowning
Competent in the use of an AED

Assess presence of circulation
Measure pulse rate and rhythm
Measure capillary refill time
Apply direct pressure
Application of appropriate wound dressings
Elevation of limb where appropriate
Splinting as haemorrhage control method

Assess AVPU
Identifying indicators of underlying head injury – concussion and compression
Perform a FAST Test (acute stroke)

Differentiate cold from hypothermia
Differentiate heat exhaustion from heat stroke
Recognise possibility of and prevent hypothermia
Assessment, treatment and casualty handling of patients exposed to extremss of temperature

The unconscious casualty
Recovery position
Spinal log roll
Primary Survey

Recognition and treatment of shock

Recognition and management of Asthma (including life threatening), Diabetes (hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia), Epilepsy, Allergic reactions, Anaphylaxis (including application of auto-injectors), Myocardial Infarction, Angina (stable and unstable)
Recognition of sudden weakness/paralysis/abnormal sensation
Recognition of collapse/transient loss of consciousness

Thermal Injury
Apply appropriate treatment for burns including dressings
Understand immediate simple chemical and thermal burn management

Recognition and management of the unconscious drowned patient
Recognition and management of conscious patient after immersion in water
Recognition of late complications of drowning

Minor Injuries
Nose bleeds

Treatment of foreign bodies
Snow blindness

Recognition of possible fracture
Identification of suspected dislocation
Recognition & appropriate initial treatment of soft tissue injury

Recognise and treat poisoning
Bites, stings and envenomation including Lyme Disease

Casualty Handling

Physical Exam

Monitoring of vital signs