Explorers Connect

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.

Duration: 2 days | Location: Bristol | Price: from £235


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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 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 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 manual 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 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

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 a booklet 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



Your course leader is the inimitable Luca Alfatti - winner of Wanderlust ‘Expedition Leader of the Year' award in 2012, HCPC registered Paramedic, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Wilderness Expedition Medicine Faculty Member, PHTLS instructor, Mountain Leader and Water Rescue Technician.

Luca has worked with Explorers Connect from our early days and shares in our ethos of adventure changing the world for the better. He has led many trips and courses with us over the years and perfectly brings to life our ethos of gently encouraging people outside their comfort zone to discover just what they are capable of, whilst ensuring everyone is having a lovely time and making new friends.

You can find out more about the core values that run through all our trips here..


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The course will take place at a 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. The venue will be close to some restaurants and supermarkets but you may prefer to bring your own lunch, (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 Level 3 or ITC Level 4 First Aid qualifications (depending on existing qualifications)


  • Dates: This course runs from 8am Saturday 29 February to approx 7pm Sunday 01 March, 2020

  • Price: £249 (member price: £235)

  • N.B. If you would like to book your place with a deposit please call the office, we’re happy to arrange this for you. Tel 0117 405 7497

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.