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Outdoor First Aid


Peak District


£130 per person


2 days

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A highly practical first aid course delivered by people who have been there and done it, and not just bought the T-shirt!

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

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 an Outdoor First Aid qualification.

Course Overview

Practical first aid training delivered by highly experienced tutors who are either Paramedics or experienced Mountain Rescuers.

First aid in the outdoors is about doing the basics well and not how much equipment you carry.

We cover the basics using the DrABCDE format and then practice them until they are well honed. We develop these skills with plenty of practice, both within the classroom and in realistic scenarios outdoors.

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.

Course Dates

Thu 1 – Fri 2 Apr (Course Full)
Wed 21 – Thu 22 Apr
Sat 22 – Sun 23 May
Sat 19 – Sun 20 Jun
Mon 5 – Tue 6 July
Tue 3 – Wed 4 Aug
Mon 6 – Tue 7 Sep
Thu 30 Sept – Fri 1 Oct

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

We start the course at 0900 in Grindleford. This has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester. There is ample free parking on site.

Course Format

After some introductions we are straight into the syllabus. HSE set what needs to be covered, but we add the reality of giving treatment in the outdoors where in can be cold wet and windy and therefore not quite as straightforward as in a warm office! Over the two days we cover:

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

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 one day of your time to potentially save your mates life doesn’t seem sensible…

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

Equipment Required

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

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.

Related Courses

After this course you may wish to attend the Expedition First Aid module which is a further day looking at the challenges of high altitude and remote places.

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