Expedition First Aid

Expedition first aid is a highly practical one day addition to our standard outdoor first aid course delivered by people who have been there and done it and not just bought the T-shirt!

Expedition first aid looks at the extra complications of high altitude and being a long way from any rescue service or definitive care. Great if you are planning on leading an expedition or just want an insight into providing care in these more challenging environments.

Who is it for ?

Anyone whose idea of a fun overseas holiday is not lying on a beach in Torremolinos.

Expedition First Aid – Course Overview

First aid training delivered by highly experienced tutors. Our team are either Paramedics or experienced Mountain Rescuers who have significant expeditioning and hostile environment experience. We have considerable first hand experience of patching folk up and getting them back to safety when dialling 999 is not an option.

In essence we cover the first aid 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 First Aid – Course Format

After some introductions at 9am 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 day we look at:

  • First Aid planning and research
  • Common expedition problems (Eg. Kathmandu quickstep)
  • Triage and Primary & Secondary Survey
  • Altitude Sickness
  • Pulse oximetry and PAC bags
  • Oxygen therapy & altitude drugs
  • Managing a casualty in extreme heat / cold / high altitude
  • Creepy crawlies, how to avoid and what to do if…
  • Simple immediate casualty evacuation & stabilisation
  • Prolonged casualty management
  • Planning for heli / air evacuation
  • Road traffic collisions
  • An introduction to hostile situation management.

We finish the day at 5pm.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £80 per person
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:8
  • Level: Intermediate
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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 discounted rate and most courses start from here. 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 (try the game pie if it’s on!). We recommend that you stay here as they are well versed in looking after walkers and climbers and it’s a 30 second commute from the breakfast table to our meeting room!

    They can be contacted at info@sirwilliam-grindelford.com which is best as it allows them to answer when they have a spare few minutes or alternatively 01433 630 303 and ask to speak to Helen.

    If this doesn’t suit you for whatever reason, further accommodation options can be found 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: £80 per person
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Ratio: 1:8
  • Level: Intermediate
Select course date

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