Expedition / Advanced First Aid

Expedition and advanced first aid is a highly practical addition to our standard outdoor first aid course. Candidates must have attended a standard 16 hour outdoor first aid course and be proficient in the skills taught, prior to attending this course.

Expedition and advanced first aid looks at more advanced first aid procedures where either extra equipment is available or, you are long way from any rescue service or definitive care. It specifically covers the extra challenges brought about by high altitude. A great enhancement to your knowledge if you are planning on leading an expedition or just want training in providing advanced care and coping with more challenging environments.

Who is it for ?

Outdoor practitioners who want a higher level of knowledge and confidence to deal with common first aid scenarios both in the UK and overseas.  It is especially suited to those who are working on or leading expeditions in remote locations.

Expedition & Advanced First Aid – Course Overview

First aid training delivered by highly experienced tutors. Our small, highly experienced team are either Paramedics or Mountain Rescuers who have significant expeditioning and hostile environment experience. We have considerable first hand experience of dealing with challenging situations all over the globe.

In essence, we cover advanced first aid and the extra problems produced by the expedition environment, what extra equipment to take and how to use it. Its a mix of theory and practical training so you leave confident in knowing what you need to do.

Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of mountain experiences and courses. We strive to make our training both fun, friendly and highly informative. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further adventures and courses.

Expedition & Advanced First Aid – Course Format

After some introductions at 9 am we look at the different types of environment we may find ourself and the challenges each one provides. From hot and steamy snake infested jungles to extreme high altitude. During the two days we look at:

    • First Aid planning and research
    • Common expedition problems (Eg. Kathmandu quickstep)
    • Creepy crawlies, how to avoid and what to do if…
    • Triage and Primary & Secondary Survey
    • Altitude Sickness & altitude drugs
    • Pulse oximetry and PAC bags
    • Oxygen therapy, assisted ventilation, oral and nasal airways
    • Managing a casualty in extreme heat / cold / high altitude
    • Advanced splinting (cervical collars, pelvic binders and traction splints)
    • Casualty stabilisation & evacuation with advanced equipment
    • Planning for heli / air evacuation
    • An introduction to hostile situation management.

    We finish each day at 5pm.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £175 per person
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:6
  • Level: Intermediate / Advanced
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More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Bespoke Dates and Locations

    We can if required deliver these course at your place of work or add some modules to fit your individual requirements.

    Please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

  • Meeting Point

    The course will meet at The Sir William Hotel at 0900 in the village of Grindleford. The village has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

    The hotel has ample free parking.

  • Equipment Required

    Please bring yourself and a notebook, lunch and warm and waterproof outdoor clothing you don’t mind getting muddy.

    A full equipment list is contained in the joining instructions.

  • Eligibility

    You need to have a current First Aid certificate to attend the course. It is best if this is an outdoor orientated course rather than a standard HSAW course.

  • Accommodation Options

    This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discount and this course runs from here.

    Further details and other options are listed on our Accommodation page.

    If you want a hand booking something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.


  • How do I book ?

    The best way is via this webpage. Choose the date from the options on the above and then submit your booking. You only need to pay the deposit if your course is more than six weeks away.

    For bespoke events get in touch first so we can check diaries and if required give you a quote. Get in touch by either calling the office on 01142 631 155 or emailing us.

  • Does the course include accommodation ?

    Not usually! We prefer to let you choose where you will be most comfortable. This may be in a tent or in a luxury hotel.

    In the Peak District we work out of the The Sir William hotel. This is a comfortable Inn with stunning views over the Hope valley and it also serves great food. We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers, offer a discount to BtE clients and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room!

    Further details and other accommodation options in the area are listed on our accommodation page.

    For bespoke courses and events we can arrange whatever you desire from a bivouac under the stars to a spa hotel.

  • Children, Parking, Dogs, COVID and everything else...

    You will find all of the most frequently asked questions and their answers on our FAQ webpage.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £175 per person
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:6
  • Level: Intermediate / Advanced
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