High Peak Wilderness First Aid Module 1 & 2 (16hrs) – Outdoor First Aid

£195 inc VAT

Course Description

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.   The drop down boxes below contain more details.

The industry standard is 12 persons per course but due to COVID we reduced the course size to 8; now restrictions are lifted we are keeping to 9 per course.  The lower number to Tutor ratio has been decided on based on feedback as participants receive more time to practice and opportunities to practice inside the immersive classroom and outside in the woodland.

Every course we have been praised for our dedication to keeping you COVID safe and the immersive classroom where you can practice skills in hazardous but safe environments along with noise and smell.  We still go outside but if the weather is atrocious and not conducive to learning the immersive classroom is invaluable. Due to the decreased course size and investment in our COVID precautions, the course fee is more expensive than other providers.  However, we are filling 8-10 open courses a month and additional group bookings.

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 info@highpeakfirstaid.co.uk so we can complete your booking.

Green = Places available
Red = Full and may include a wait list

If you need help with booking please call 01433 621484 for immediate assistance: we have a team of five ready to take your call so no answer phone in working hours and calls are diverted after working hours to the duty administrator.



Who is the course for?

The High Peak Wilderness First Aid 16hr course is suitable for those needing a 16hr outdoor first aid course to validate their National Governing Body Awards.

The course is also applicable to those who are Duke of Edinburgh Award Leaders and Forest School Leaders.

In addition the training can be used for those who want to learn first aid to safely go into the outdoors as a leisure activity.

Course Structure

We have three classrooms and private, varied wilderness terrain on our doorstep. We like to use a variety of teaching methods:

  1. Scenario based either in the immersive classroom or outside in the woodland
  2. Discussion
  3. Group activities
  4. Short videos
  5. Images on a Wide Screen TV
Entry Requirements

No previous experience is necessary to join this course.  You will receive access to our online learning portal so you can prepare before the day.

Access to the portal is for the duration of your certificate which is three years.  New content is regularly added with links to the current guidelines and best practice to keep you up to date.


Assessments are of a practical nature.  The small class size of 9 and not the industry standard of 12 means you receive a lot more practice.

The Immersive Classroom and Outdoor area

The immersive classroom enables you to visit different environments to test your skills.  We can be in a cold or hot environment in a truly remote area or on a busy and noisy street performing CPR.

We can introduce noise and smell to make for a truly memorable experience that enhances your learning.

Each scene can be adjusted for the learner to provide a challenging but not overwhelming experience.



Location for on-site training

Our Peak District training facility is easily located by public transport; train, bus and plane.

  • The train station is Hope which is served by the Manchester-Sheffield Line
  • The bus stop is in Hope
  • The nearest airport is Manchester with links to train and bus
  • There is plenty of accommdoation in the area that can be found by searching Google maps and using out post code S33 6RW
COVID Precautions

This training will adhere to current best practice regarding COVID-19.

  • Lateral Flow test on arrival – well worth the peace of mind according to feedback
  • Masks are individually wrapped and available if required
  • Alcohol 70% hand gel
  • Gloves
  • CO2 metre in each classroom, so we know we are 100% ventilating the classrooms as some activities will increase your CO2 output
  • 400 litres of warm or cool air per minute quietly circulates the training rooms. The Dyson hot and cool fans contain a HEPA 13 filter to catch pollutants
  • Each training room has an additional unit that quietly kills Coronavirus in the air with a 99.9999% kill rate.  This works by air being drawn into the unit and passed over UV-C lamps
  • Our anti-slip hospital grade flooring is hoovered and sanitised by two floor robots during break times
  • Touch points are sanitised every four hours
  • CPR is conducted in compliance with current Coronavirus guidelines
Due diligence

This training course has been accepted by employers and Governing Bodies for 25 years.

We meet the criteria set down by the HSE for selection of a first aid training provider. This includes Tutors that exceed the basic recommendation of First Aid at Work along with a teaching and assessing qualification. There is a quality assurance mechanism in place and all topics are taught to the current best practice.

The training syllabus also includes the recommended topics laid down by various Governing Bodies.

What is included?

You will receive access to our bespoke learning portal for three years along with a waterproof wilderness first aid pocket book.

Two certificates are issued: High Peak Wilderness First Aid 16hrs and Emergency First Aid at Work (+F is optional).

Refreshments are loose leaf tea and Nespresso Coffee along with individually wrapped biscuits.  Drinks are served in biodegradable cups to ensure we keep as COVID safe as possible and consider the environment.


First Aid Supplies

During the course you will have access to a comprehensive range of discounted first aid supplies on top brands.  Some discounts are very generous due to the volume of sales we have on some lines.

SKU: High Peak Wilderness First Aid Module 1 & 2 (16hrs) Categories: ,

Course Content

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



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