Outdoor First Aid 2 days - 16 hours

2 Day Outdoor First Aid Course

Practical, NGB-suitable training courses – from Scotland's leading provider

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Founded by experienced outdoor practitioners, First Aid Training Co-operative specialises in outdoor first aid.

In fact, we've provided more than 3,700 hours of outdoor first aid training in the last 3 years alone, and have over 40 public courses on our calendar for this year, making us the biggest provider of publicly available courses in Scotland.

So it will come as no surprise that our 2 Day Outdoor First Aid Course covers all the requirements of National Governing Body (NGB) Instructor Awards, including:

  • Forest School Practitioner - covers child CPR, illness, choking
  • Mountain Bikers Leaders and Coaches - improvised use of kit
  • Mountain Leaders / Climbers and Instructors (MLA)
  • Ski Instructors (BASI)
  • Paddlesports coaches and instructors (BCU/SCA)
  • Sailors (RYA)
  • Forestry (+F requirements) and Ecologists
  • Remote First Aid
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Aquatic First Aid (BCU/SCA)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Assessors and Supervisors
  • Field Studies Tutors
  • Expedition Leaders

And since all our trainers are experienced outdoor practitioners themselves (as well as professionally qualified teachers who easily surpass HSE Due Diligence requirements) we understand the specifics of what you really need to know.

Accreditation - The First Aid Training Co-operative is an ISO 9001:2015 certified organisation. You can reply on our quality assured systems for the appropriate training assessment and accreditation of your course. The Co-op is also a member of the Scottish First Aid Association and operative is insured through the Association of First Aiders, whom we are also members.

Equivalence - There are currently a variety of systems to give an academic ‘level ‘ to first aid courses. Our Outdoor First Aid course is equivalent to

  • RQF (Regulated Qualification Framework) Level 3 f
  • SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework) Level 6
  • IoL (Institute of Outdoor Learning) Level 3
  • REC (Rescue Emergency Care) Level 3

"Very good course and amazingly instructed" – D. MacDougall

"Really informative, enjoyable and instructor very knowledgeable" – S. Young

But more than that, we understand that you don't want to be stuck inside on some dreary, slide-heavy snorefest of a training session.

That's why we've specifically designed the training to be as practical, interactive and relevant as possible.

It's why the second afternoon of our 16-hour course takes place almost entirely outside.

And why around 70% of the course consists of practical activities.

So you can actually learn by doing, hone your skills there and then, out in the open, and leave with the confidence that you'll know exactly what to do when the situation arises.

Perhaps that's why we frequently receive comments like this:

"Most engaging and practical programme done in a long time. Great Delivery, superb humor and realistic approach to the topic. Pace was appropriate, nice pragmatic view of the content. Great fun, many thanks." – R. Harrison

"Excellent course, well suited for the outdoor sports enthusiast or leader. Definitely better than previous first aid courses I have attended" – M. Brown

"Great Day – delivery was fun, informative + effective, not boring or tiring! Really enjoyable and feel much more confident for First Aid." – N. Soutar

"Pitched very well at the required level. Well resourced, explained and supervised. Thoroughly enjoyable learning." – K. Wood

"Overall, I feel that this has been the most enjoyable and informative first aid course I have attended. I really enjoyed how it was more practical than classroom based. Would definitely recommend to others in the future. Thank you!" – S. Thomson-Mitchell

"Very enjoyable, informative course. Well delivered. Thanks" – A. Dunlop

"Thank you very enjoyable. Good pace & mix of theory and practical, never boring. Much better than other providers." – K. Torrance

"Probably the most enjoyable First Aid course I have been on, much more relaxed and teaching was really good, engaging and this helped to keep my attention throughout. Thanks!" – K. Webster

"Tom made the two days fly by - kept it upbeat and changed activities regularly." – C. Howie

"I have to say it was the most enjoyable and best first aid course I have been on, and I have done loads. Thanks" – A. Cain

To see for yourself how helpful and enjoyable our 2 Day Outdoor First Aid Course can be, book now.

What you'll learn

Whatever activity you specialise in – from mountain biking to kayaking to skiing – our comprehensive 16-hour course will cover all the most important first aid situations you need to know, including:

  • The life signs to look out for in a casualty
  • The ABCDE of managing first aid situations
  • Airway Management – the Recovery Position and other real world variations
  • Breathing Problems – the different types of CPR, and when to use them
  • Head and spinal injuries – working with a team
  • Hypothermia, hyperthermia and cold injuries
  • Common illnesses and medical emergencies – how to spot and treat them effectively
  • Animal bites and stings
  • An up-to-date look at the regulations you need to know

And more… (to see a full list of topics covered, click here)

PLUS, we also teach safe helmet removal as standard – a potentially life-saving technique that many other course providers leave out.

And as much as possible, your trainer will adapt and tailor the course to your specific requirements, and the type of real-life situations you're likely to face.

As Scotland's largest provider of publicly available two-day courses in Outdoor First Aid, we almost certainly have a course starting soon near you.

Just click below to see a list of upcoming courses and book your place.

Or if you'd like a tailored group course for your organisation or club, delivered on-site, just contact us for more information.

Our courses meet the HSE standards for 'Due Diligence' for first aid providers.


Click the course links below to see full details and upcoming dates of public courses.

N.B. Course dates often fill up quickly, so to make sure you don't miss out on your preferred date, book now.

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