Outdoor First Aid

The 2 day (16 hour) Outdoor First Aid course is a standard course for outdoor instructors. This series of blogs will help those who work in the outdoors to learn more about adapting first aid skills to their environment.

Whether taking groups hill walking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking or ski-ing this is the course for outdoor instructors. The course is also appropriate for Forest Schools and Outdoor Woodland Learning groups, countryside rangers, ecologists and estate workers.

First Aid Training Flowchart

7 top tips for retaining your First Aid knowledge

Most first aid certificates last for 3 years, some for just one year. In between, your knowledge and possible ability to respond, naturally fades. If we deal with very few incidents in the workplace, this lack of practice in skills is compounded and can lead to a poor response to an incident. There is no…

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Identifying and treating Giant Hogweed burns

Updated August, 2021 What is Giant Hogweed? Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a plant in the same family as parsley, carrot, parsnip, cumin and coriander. Its growth pattern is similar but it is definitely not edible and can cause serious injury if you come into contact with it. Giant hogweed is found across the UK,…

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Assessing and treating a sprained ankle

Assessing and treating a sprained ankle Ankle injuries are very common but difficult to diagnose. Slips, trips and falls are common in the outdoors. If someone takes a tumble and hurts their ankle, how do we know if it is broken, sprained or strained? Unless you see a bone sticking out then it is very…

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First Aid for Lightning Strike

First Aid for Lightning Strike Some facts and falsehoods about Lightning Strikes: The average lightning bolt is only one inch in diameter. TRUE. That one inch bolt can carry as much as 100 million-plus volts and is three times hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning never strikes the same spot twice. FALSE.  The Empire…

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Cold Water Shock and Drowning: what you need to know – and do

Updated August, 2021 What is Cold Water Shock? Immersing yourself in cold water is increasingly popular and being touted to provide many health benefits, but sudden immersion in water less than 15ºC, can be very dangerous. ‘Seasoned’ cold water swimmers enjoy repeated visits and as a result their body acclimatises to cold more readily. For others,…

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How To Perform CPR on a Drowning Casualty

How To Perform CPR on a Drowning Casualty in 10 steps: Stop and assess for danger and make sure it’s safe for you to proceed. If they’re lying in the water, drag them out of the water onto the shore or vessel and lie them on their back on a hard surface such as the…

Camping Trip First Aid Basics

Camping Trip First Aid Basics Updated July 2021 We all love the great outdoors. Imagine the situation: You’ve arrived at a beautiful, picturesque lake and have just set up camp. You sit to enjoy the view and listen to the tranquil bird song. It is during these idyllic moments that a minor lapse in concentration can…

Sepsis – What You Need To Know

Updated July 2021 What is Sepsis? Sepsis is life threatening and can be hard to spot. It is a form of blood poisoning that is caused by the immune system over-reacting to an infection or injury. The reasons for this occurring are still not fully understood. Normally the immune system should fight an infection. But…

How To Treat A Jellyfish Sting

Updated July, 2021. Jellyfish are simple sea creatures with a dome and tentacles. They move by pulsating their body but are at the mercy of tides and ocean currents. The tentacles are the ‘business end’ of the animal that contain a stinging mechanism. In some species, these may be a few metres long. Their numbers…

4 Steps to Treat Sunburn

4 Steps To Treat Sunburn

When it comes to sunburn we know that prevention is better than a cure and that we should avoid becoming sunburnt in the first place, but accidents happen, and sometimes we do end up sporting the lobster look.  It can be tricky to identify whether you or someone with you is becoming burnt, especially in bright…

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