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Adventure and Expedition Medicine Course
29th Feb - 1st March 2020

On this special two-day course, an international paramedic and expedition leader will teach you everything you need to know about First Aid in remote and extreme locations around the world, from jungle and desert to the polar regions.


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In a split second an adventure can become a race against time to save a life. A snake bite in the jungle, a fall from height climbing, an insect-borne disease on expedition, a cardiac arrest sailing off-shore, hyperthermia in the desert, head injuries on the ski slopes, a fin laceration surfing, a pelvic fracture mountain biking. All of these incidents happen in environments that are considered remote, where emergency services may be delayed reaching a casualty. You might be someone’s best chance of survival - would you know what to do?

This course was developed to respond to the growing need for dynamic, challenging, and clinically-sound first aid courses specifically designed for people participating in an adventurous lifestyle, at home or overseas. Written and taught by qualified medics, the course is certified by the U.K Society of Extreme, Expedition and Wilderness Medicine who is a leading authority in remote pre-hospital emergency care. Taught only by qualified health care professionals with expedition medicine experience, you'll have the reassurance of learning skills directly from people already working in the field. 

The qualification certificate from the course will be valid for two years and will state that you have met the requirements for either ITC Level 4 Advanced Outdoor First Aid (when you produce a relevant First Aid certificate and/or provide evidence of relevant First Aid experience completed prior to the date of this certificate) or that you have met requirements for ITC Level 3 Outdoor First Aid, and can therefore be used to validate Mountain Training Association Awards. The course is also compliant with 2015 Resuscitation Council Guidelines (UK), European Resuscitation Guidelines and European First Aid Guidelines. 


On this action-packed weekend you'll get:

  • Pre-course reading and workbooks so you arrive with a base level of knowledge and understanding to build upon

  • Real-time scenarios where the medic will play a live casualty so you can apply your knowledge practically in real-time to increase decision making skills under stress both solo and as part of a team, enhancing confidence to take control, delegate tasks or administer treatment, and so you can recognise your clinical parameters

  • Lectures that are thought-provoking, educational and informative, applicable to outdoor environments

  • Practical and medical kit application for hands-on experience solo and as part of a team

  • Informal Q&A sessions to allow you to ask questions specifically tailored to you

  • Assessments to evoke questions, encourage learning and instill best practice

  • An Adventure and Expedition Medicine qualification and certificate valid for two years and registration on the RRAM First Aid database

Whether you're a First Aid novice, outdoor enthusiast or seasoned expedition leader, you'll come away with in-depth and practical knowledge on how to deal with any medical situation across a whole range of remote and extreme environments - this is not one to miss.

The course is certified as 32 hours, made up of 14 hours of pre-reading and 18 hours of contact time. A few months before the course, you will be provided with booklets containing the reading material. We recommend you schedule in a good chunk of time for the reading as this will make the course itself a lot easier to follow and enjoy on the weekend.

You can download the itinerary for the weekend below (please note the times and order of the lectures may change):

  • Download the schedule for Day 1 HERE

  • Download the schedule for Day 2 HERE


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The course will take place at the Benjamin Perry Boathouse in central Bristol (postcode BS1 6TJ). 

The boathouse has one large hall which we will be using for teaching the course, but it also has a kitchen, fridge, toilets and showers.

We'll provide tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the course, but we're not providing any meals. The venue will be close to some restaurants and supermarkets but you may prefer to bring your own food, (there is a fridge if you need to store anything).


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  • Two full days' (18 hours) adventure and expedition medicine tuition by an international paramedic and expedition leader

  • All specialist equipment for the course

  • Course pre-reading material (approximately 14 hours) sent out to you before the course

  • Coffee, tea and biscuits throughout the weekend

  • Regular breaks and opportunities for discussion and networking with the course leader

  • Adventure and Expedition Medicine Certificate, valid for two years and equivalent to ITC Level 3 or ITC Level 4 First Aid qualifications (depending on existing qualifications)

  • Optional registration on the RRAM First Aid database as a qualified course graduate (validated after certificate issue)


  • Dates: This course runs from 8am Saturday 29 February to approx 5pm Sunday 01 March, 2020

  • Price: £249 (member price: £235)

  • Earlybird: Book before 30th June 2019 and get £15 off

If the trip is full, this button will take you to join the waiting list


A fantastic practical course, jam packed full of essential information for anyone wanting to tackle medicine in the great outdoors! This has set me up really well for my summer as an Expedition Medic
First rate courses, structured and professionally delivered by experienced expedition members. A remarkably useful piece of kit to have that weighs nothing.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking for more in-depth training. I now feel confident to administer First Aid anywhere at any time.


If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.