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Remote First Aid Training Course
16th - 17th November 2019

If you're looking to be more confident in the outdoors, would like to know what to do in an emergency or simply looking to revalidate your first aid qualification for NGB awards, this hands-on EC training course delivering a 16hr Certificate in Outdoor First Aid is perfect for you.


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This practical, scenario based qualification is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate assistance (more than 30 mins) in the remote and rural regions of the UK and is externally regulated meeting the standards to appear upon the national qualifications frameworks of England and Wales. This course is recognised throughout the UK and is the course of choice for experienced practitioners who use the outdoors.  

It is suitable for workers in rural and remote settings and will maintain the license to practice for those with Outdoor National Governing Body Instructor awards. 

Topics include roles & responsibilities, dealing with collapse (with and without breathing), choking, bleeding, shock, torso and limb injuries, environmental effects, heat and cold injuries, using first aid kit, outdoor specific scenarios and outdoor incident management, answering queries such as when or how to remove boots, helmets and looking after a casualty for some hours.

This qualification is designed to provide outdoor incident management skills. Typical delivery methods are predominantly practical, with elements occurring out of doors in outdoor clothing and on various terrains.  The course is assessed by continual observation of candidate performance.

The two-day (16 hour) course draws on the most recent peer-reviewed evidence for the initial treatment of injuries and illnesses in remote areas.  As such, some protocols would not be appropriate in an urban setting.

Course content is based on current guidelines published by:

UK Resuscitation Council, American Heart Association, Wilderness Medical Society and currently accepted guidance and best-practice from advisory bodies and published evidence for the treatment of First Aid in a remote or wilderness context.

Designed expressly for those who work or play off far from help, this course satisfies the criteria for First Aid training for all Outdoor NGB qualifications including MLT, British Canoeing, Canoe Wales, NCLA, and RYA.


  • Scene Management

  • ABCDEFG - Incident Protocol

  • Airway Opening & Safe Airway Position

  • Choking, Heart Attack & Angina

  • CPR - remote protocols

  • Defibrillation in remote environments

  • Serious Bleeding

  • Hypovolaemic shock

  • Management of Head Injuries, Spinal Injuries and Bone & Joint Injuries

  • Monitoring Vital Signs

  • Hypothermia & dehydration - remote protocols

  • Hyperthermia - remote protocols

  • Asthma - remote protocols

  • Anaphylaxis - remote protocols

  • Diabetes, Epilepsy, Drowning

  • Triage

  • Communication


This course is continually assessed with formative feedback throughout.


On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive a Certificate for this 16 hour Remote First Aid course, valid for 3 years.



The course is two days long and will start at 08.00 on Saturday 16 November at the Benjamin Perry Boathouse in central Bristol (postcode BS1 6TJ) and end at around 17:00 on Sunday 17 November. 

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.

No meals are included so you'll need to bring your own food and snacks for the breaks (you can store it in the fridge at the boathouse) or cash to buy your food when you're there. There will be regular, short breaks and also longer breaks for you to get more substantial food.

It's probably best to at least bring your breakfast so you don't have to worry about time constraints in the morning.


  • 2 full days’ Outdoor First Aid Training with 16 hours contact time

  • Regular breaks and opportunities for discussion with the course leader

  • Certificate in Outdoor First Aid with a valid (licence to practice) lifetime of 3 years from date of completion


  • Dates: This course runs from Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th November 2019

  • Price: £159 (member price: £149)

  • Earlybird: Book before 24th May 2019 and get £10 off

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Great instruction from very well informed instructors. One of the best First Aid courses I’ve done in the last 20 odd years
Really enjoyed the Outdoor First Aid course - great delivery, lots of enthusiasm
The course was for a group of outdoor instructors and outdoor enthusiasts and met our needs perfectly


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.