About Outdoor First Aid Courses

Our 2 Day Outdoor First Aid Course covers all the requirements of National Governing Body (NGB) Instructor Awards in the UK.

We are Scotland’s largest provider of publicly available two-day courses.

The course is suitable for a wide range of outdoor practitioners, including:

  • Forest Schools Teachers
  • Paddlesports instructors
  • Mountain Leaders and Guides
  • Snowsports Instructors
  • Mountain Bike Guides and Coaches
  • Forestry workers
  • Ecologists and Rangers
  • Remote Working First Aid
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Aquatic First Aid (BCU/SCA)
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Field Studies Tutors
  • Orienteering coaches
  • Expedition Leaders
  • Sea workers and Sailors (RYA)
  • Scouts and Outdoor Groups
  • And more…
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About the Course

Whatever activity you specialize in – from mountain biking to kayaking to skiing to ecology – 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

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.

Course Equivalence

The First Aid industry can be confusing! There are a variety of systems that give an academic ‘level ‘ to first aid courses. Our Outdoor First Aid 2 Days course is equivalent to:

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

Public or Private Course?

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First Aid Training Co-operative are Outdoor First Aid experts.  All of our trainers are experienced practitioners and highly skilled educators. This means your course will be memorable, informative, and enjoyable!

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.

Book a bespoke private course

Our private first aid courses are delivered at your choice of venue, at a time and date to suit you, at locations across the UK.

We’ll come to you and tailor your course to suit your specific situation.

With up to 12 participants per trainer, private first aid courses provide great value.

Why choose us?

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.

  • High quality, scenario based first aid training, inside and outside. No shortcuts, no irrelevant stories
  • Our trainers all have a background of leadership in the outdoors and have top notch first aid skills as paramedics, as part of mountain rescue teams or as regular practitioners
  • We’ve been delivering Outdoor First Aid courses with our partners since 2007 and have taught 1000’s of students in that time.
  • We work across the UK and worldwide, and are Scotland’s largest provider of outdoor first aid – more dates, more venues, more courses

We’re a Co-operative, we work together to provide the best service and training possible. We deliver First Aid training across Scotland, the UK and internationally to a huge range of different clients.

Our ISO 9001 certification means you can be sure of our high standards in quality management. Our robust Quality Assurance system also means we easily surpass the HSE’s Due Diligence regulations for employers too.

Reviews – Top Rated

  • “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

Book Private or ‘In-house’ courses

We regularly deliver bespoke Outdoor First Aid courses for private clients at their venue. These are specifically tailored to be relevant to you and your situation.

Book Public courses

We are Scotland’s largest provider of public Outdoor First Aid courses, register now for your preferred course using the calendar below.

    We don’t currently have any public courses of this type scheduled. Please contact us to enquire about private course availability.

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  • Covers everything to CPR to Hypothermia
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