Outdoor First Aid (NGB recognised)

A highly practical outdoor first aid course delivered by highly experienced tutors who are either Paramedics or experienced Mountain Rescuers.

This course is recognised by Mountain Training, British Canoeing, RYA and many other governing bodies as fulfilling the requirements for Outdoor First Aid.

“The best first aid course I have ever done, and, I have done lots” Graeme

Who is it for ?

Lowland Leaders, Hill and Moorland Leaders, Mountain Leaders, Rock Climbing Instructors, Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors, DofE leaders, Forest School Leaders, Local Cave Leaders, HF holiday leaders, Canoe & kayak Instructors, Mountain Bike leaders, tree surgeons the list could go on…
Basically, anyone who works and plays in the outdoors and needs a 16hr Outdoor First Aid qualification.

Outdoor First Aid – Course Overview

Practical first aid training delivered at lower ratios than most other courses and by highly experienced tutors who, as Paramedics or experienced Mountain Rescuers are regularly delivering life saving first aid outdoors.

First aid in the outdoors is about doing the basics quickly and thoroughly and not how much equipment you carry (although we do cover first aid kits!).

We cover the basics using the DrCABCDE format and then practice them. We use state of the art training manikins, fun, highly interactive and realistic emergency scenarios to ensure learning is embedded and confidence is increased. We guarantee you won’t want to leave it three years before you come back!

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.

Importantly we train at a lower ratio than most other First Aid providers so you actually get to do the hands on practical learning.  We aim for our First Aid training to help save a life and not just tick a box!

Outdoor First Aid – Course Format

After some introductions at 9am we are straight into the syllabus. HSE set broadly what needs to be covered. Our expertise adds the reality of giving life saving first aid treatment in the outdoors. When you are on a small, wet and windy ledge with a 100m drop behind you, it is not quite as straightforward as in a warm office! Over the two days we cover:

  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Catastrophic haemorrhage
  • CPR and use of an AED
  • Choking and drowning
  • Bleeding, breaks and burns
  • Unconscious casualties & shock
  • Chest & Eye injuries
  • Hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Poisoning and anaphylactic shock
  • Major illnesses such as asthma, stroke, epilepsy and diabetes.

The content of this course is matched with the IOL statement of Good Practice on Outdoor First Aid at Band 3.

If you only need an 8 hour first aid certificate (eg Climbing Wall Instructors, Sheltered water paddlesport leaders) then you can just attend the first day. We don’t recommend this as the chances are you personally do more than your qualification and saving one day of your time rather than potentially saving your mates life might be a decision you regret.

If you are an employing organisation conducting due diligence in accordance with HSE guidelines for your employees then please contact the office for our full compliance details and Quality Assurance policy.

Course Details

  • Location: Peak District
  • Cost: £155 per person
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:9
  • Level: Introduction
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More Information

  • Course Dates
  • Bespoke Dates and Locations

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

    If you or your workers operate in hostile situations please enquire about our bespoke first aid and hostile situation training.

    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 in the joining instructions.

  • 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.


  • 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 and request an invoice or pay.  If your course is under six weeks away you must pay the full amount.

    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 options 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: £155 per person
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:9
  • Level: Introduction
Select course date

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