Outdoor First Aid

Course Information

The Outdoor Activity First Aid course is designed for all clients who have an involvement in outdoor-based activities involving remote care and longer term casualty assistance. This course takes elements of the Sports and Activity First Aid and adds specific injuries and illnesses one may encounter for water-based, mountainous and changeable outdoor environments. Suitable for outdoor leaders and coaches in both the voluntary and private sector.

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to gain fundamental knowledge and skills in order to recognise and manage common injuries sustained in activities and provide immediate non-emergency care

The course covers the content of Emergency First Aid and, as such, the course will meet the recommendations of the Health and Safety Executive for training emergency aid to the appointed person.

The initial course is delivered over a minimum of 2 days (16 contact hours).


Course Specification

Intended Participant:

Sports coaching staff, team managers, trainers, teachers, leisure staff, activity leaders

Max Student Instructor Ratio: 12 Candidates: 1 Instructor
Max Class Size: 24 Candidates (with 2 instructors)
Course Duration:

Initial Training: 16 hours
Retraining time: 16 hours


Knowledge and skills assessment

Certificate Expiry:

3 years from date of completion



Content and Materials

Student Materials Includes:
• Essential Skills Guide
• Successful Completion Card
• Emergency Plan & Guidance Card
• Wall Certificate
• Course Evaluation and Statement of Understanding Form

Hands-on Skill Practice

Students will practice the essential skills in small groups and will apply these skills in scenario sessions during the course.


Students are assessed throughout the course by instructor observation of the essential skills. There is also a summative assessment of knowledge and skills at the end of this course.



Course Topics


Principles of First Aid
Chain Of Survival
Emergency Management Procedure
Care Cycle™

Scene Safety

Scene Survey
Exposure Protection

Basic Life Support

Primary Survey, Recovery Position & Reassessment
CPR Adult (Cardiopulmonary
CPR Child
Alternative Ventilation Procedures
Introduction to Automated External
Choking Adult and Child

Life Threatening Conditions

Severe Bleeding
Shock Management

Secondary Survey

Patient History Taking
Physical Assessment
Localised Physical Assessment
Patient Report Form (PRF)

First Aid Topics

Common Injuries
Environmental Problems
Circulatory Problems
Respiratory Problems
Other Medical Emergencies

First Aid Health and Safety

First Aid Kit
Accident Recording