Date(s) - 23 Nov 2023 - 24 Nov 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Gerrards Cross: Under the Canopy Forest School

Tags First Aid, outdoor, paediatric


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This qualification indicates an individual can undertake the role of Outdoor First Aider in the more rural and remote areas of the British Isles where professional emergency assistance may be more than 10 minutes away. It takes place 0900 – 1800hrs each day. It is run in parallel with a Forest School First Aid course.

Forest School Practitioners

If you are looking for an Outdoor course as part of your Forest School qualification we also run a specific Forest School First Aid course that is more tailored to that environment.

The need for an Outdoor First Aider might have been identified by a workplace first aid needs assessment, and can be relied upon by employers to satisfy the due diligence requirements of the HSE for first aid training providers.

This course is aligned with the Institute of Outdoor Learning’s Statement of Good Practice for Outdoor First Aid at Band 3

All courses are delivered, evaluated and quality assured to meet the new guidelines set out by the HSE in October 2013 and meet the requirements of the First Aid at Work (First Aid) regulations 1981 and subsequent 2016 changes. The course fully meets the UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015 as per the HSE requirements.

This 16 hour Outdoor course syllabus complies with the syllabus as laid down by a range of Governing Bodies for Outdoor Sports such as:

RYA (non-commercial)
Mountain Leader
BCU (British Canoeing)

Whilst this course is suitable for UK-based Outdoor activities, there are other, more intense, Outdoor First Aid courses that might be more suitable if you are in a more remote / extreme environment.

Emergency First Aid at Work qualification – optional

For those attendees working in an environment where there is a need to hold a Workplace First Aid Certificate, this can be incorporated into the syllabus and all attendees that need it will receive a Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate as well. There is an additional fee of £20 per student for this optional qualification.



There are no prerequisite entry requirements for this qualification apart from a minimum of Level 2 written and spoken English

Topics include: roles & responsibilities, adult/child/infant specific treatments, dealing with collapse (with and without breathing), choking, bleeding, shock, major illnesses, torso and limb injuries, environmental effects, heat and cold injuries, using first aid kit, outdoor specific scenarios, outdoor incident management and looking after a casualty for more than 10 minutes.

This course 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.

Minimum age for attending is 16, however there may be specific age limits within your workplace and also you need to be 17 or over to be included in staffing ratios. Check before you Book.

Directions: Directions to the venue will be sent by email once Booking is made. Please wear clothing appropriate to the outdoor environment.

Refreshments: Instant coffee and tea are provided. Please bring your own food and other drinks

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