The 2 day ITC Outdoor First Aid course is suitable for most national governing body outdoor qualifications (e.g. Mountain Training qualifications, BCU, RYA, BCA and others). It is also ldeal for outdoor enthusiasts seeking training so they are better prepared if the worst happens. It involves 16 hours of tuition and also includes an element of assessment. The aim of the course is to enable students to recognise when someone has a medical emergency and be able to give immediate appropriate assistance at first aid level.
The trainers will seek to keep medical jargon and terminology to a minimum, concentrating on what you do in different situations rather than what you know. To this end students learn a set of general principles which they can adapt to different situations. The process of progressive skill development will be based on situation assessment and casualty examinations.
The course is of a very practical nature and will involve ‘treating’ other course members and acting as a casualty. On successful completion students will be awarded the Outdoor First Aid certificate which is valid for three years.
Peak Mountaineering only use trainers who have extensive experience in wilderness settings and most are mountaineering instructors employed full time in the outdoor industry. We feel this is essential for Outdoor First Aid courses focussed on remote locations and improvised casualty care scenarios.
Our 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course offers a busy and interactive training package focussed on giving you the skills to manage casualties in both an urban and wilderness context. The training aims to be as practical as possible and allows plenty of time for repetition to aid skills retention.
No previous first aid experience is needed. Participants from the age of 16 upwards are welcome.
The course timings are 9 am to 6pm on both days.
Topics covered will include:
- Assessments of situations and casualty
- Airway, breathing and circulation assessments
- Emergency resuscitation (including use of AED’s)
- Safe airway positions
- Dealing with choking
- Treatment of severe bleeding and shock
- Major injuries, including chest, head and pelvic injuries
- Treatment of fractures
- Heat and Cold problems (hypothermia and hyperthermia)
- Life threatening medical conditions such as heart attack, asthma, diabetes, strokes, seizures, burns and anaphylactic shock
- Injury management in an outdoor situation
- Incident management scenarios
Successful candidates will be issued with an electronic certificate valid for 3 years.
All our outdoor first aid courses are run at select venues in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park’s Hope Valley. We really couldn’t be better placed for a memorable first aid training experience.
- Some courses run at the Castleton Hollowford Centre which is a lovely outdoor centre set in a stunning location under the East Face of Mam Tor. For some courses we use the spacious and comfortable Peveril Centre in Castleton village and the centrally located Loxley Hall in Hope (full venue details will be sent with our detailed participant joining instructions).
- All venues are within easy reach by car from the directions of Sheffield or Manchester. We also try and encourage the use of public transport wherever possible and the Hope Valley is served by train and bus. The Hope Valley train runs between Sheffield and Manchester and stops at nearby Hope station (we can also provide free transport to/from the station if required).
- All our venues have kitchen facilities and participants are welcome to bring food for lunches. Refreshments such as tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided free of charge during the course.
- All of our venues are well served with a wide variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Please have a look at the accommodation options information and don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help in finding something suitable. Similarly, there are local food shops and plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes to keep you fed and watered.
- Attendees wishing to combine their training with some exploration of the local area are very well served. Famous rock climbing venues such as Stanage and Bamford Edge (to name just two of many!) are only a few minutes away and there are fantastic road biking and mountain biking options available straight from the doorstep. Other alternative activities might include a visit to the local outdoor swimming pool in Hathersage and walkers and runners have endless possibilities for an evening adventure. We can provide plenty of guidance and are more than happy to lend out maps and guidebooks. We love where we are based and enjoy nothing better than showing it off to visitors!
Here are a list of questions clients frequently ask about first aid courses. We hope you’ll find the info you need but, if there’s something you want to know that we haven’t covered, please call or email us and we’ll be more than happy to help. Infact, if you’ve thought of it then the chances are other people have too – so we’ll add it to the list!
What equipment is provided and do I have to pay to use it?
We supply all the technical equipment you’ll need for your course completely free of charge. The detailed Joining Instructions you will receive after booking will include details on any clothing or other items you will need to bring along.
Do I need insurance?
We have professional indemnity insurance. You may choose to take out insurance to cover you for things like cancellation or injury.
What if I have a specific requirement or want to learn things not offered on one of your courses?
That’s what we specialise in! Just get in touch and we will endeavour to create a suitable option for you.
What about under 18s?
We welcome anyone 16 and above on to our first aid courses.
Will you give my details to other people?
All information supplied to us remains completely confidential and we will never pass it on to third parties.
What is the trainer to client ratio?
We have to work to set ratios on first aid courses. In most cases this is 1:12. If the course numbers go over 12 we may still run the course with an additional trainer.
What if I need to cancel a course booking?
If you cancel over 26 weeks in advance of a course start date we refund all the money you have paid us so far. If you cancel within 26 weeks of a course start date you forfeit the deposit, but we refund any other money you may have paid. If you cancel within 8 weeks of the course start date you forfeit the full amount unless we are able to resell your place. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions page for more detailed information. To cover this eventuality we recommend you may want to take out an insurance policy that covers cancellation. We do adhere strictly to this policy so please do ensure you are happy with these conditions before booking.
How do I book?
You can easily book any of our first aid courses through our website. If this isn’t possible for you please do contact us by phone or email and we will be able to help.
What is the timings for courses?
Different first aid courses have different start and finish times. This will always be detailed on the Joining Instructions that are sent after booking. You can also find the timings for each course on the individual Course Syllabus page
What about transport arrangements?
We ask you to provide your own transport to and from venues and there will be detailed directions for your training venue on your Joining Instructions. We are also very keen to encourage the use of public transport and can easily collect you from a local train station or bus stop if you are travelling to your course via public transport. Details of public transport options will be detailed on your Joining Instructions.
What about food arrangements?
We provide tea and coffee making facilities and there will be plenty of biscuits for you to enjoy. We can also make arrangements for any particular dietary requirements but ask that you let us know beforehand if this is required. Please make your own arrangements for lunch and it is usually easiest to bring sandwiches (local shops are available close to each of our training venues).
How do you try to reduce your environmental impact?
We are passionate about protecting the natural environment. Please take the time to read our Environment Page to find out more.
How fit do I need to be?
Our first aid courses are as practical as possible because we know you learn best by doing. This means that each course will include a proportion of activity and participants need to be physically capable of demonstrating certain techniques. If you have any doubts about whether you can manage this please speak to us in advance.
Do you need to know about medical conditions?
It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course.This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other particpants.