Level 3 Outdoor First Aid Course

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Course overview

This comprehensive two-day course covers a wide range of First Aid emergencies, enabling all participants to deal with emergency situations with confidence in a prompt, safe and effective way, particularly where professional medical help is not immediately available.

This course is delivered as a face to face session by one of our professional and highly engaging trainers who will ensure you have fun while you learn. We take great pride in the courses we have created which are packed with games, quizzes and plenty of hands -on practical elements which creates the perfect learning environment.

Course will run 9am – 5.30pm both days which includes a short morning break/lunch break. It is advised you bring your own lunch as there may not be food options close to the facility.

What you will learn

  • Understand the scope of first aid in the outdoors
  • Be able to interpret vital sign information whilst responding to an emergency incident in the outdoors
  • Be able to assess an emergency incident in the outdoors
  • Be able to respond to an incident involving an unresponsive casualty with normal breathing, in the outdoors
  • Be able to respond to an incident involving an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally, in the outdoors
  • Be able to respond to an incident involving a choking casualty in the outdoors
  • Be able to respond to an incident involving blood loss in the outdoors

Assessment and certification

This course is an assessment with a mix of ongoing practical assessments by the instructor each day, along with a written assessment on each day. A three-year Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. No external assessors are required. A range of methods are used, including, practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).

This course fulfills the requirements of the First Aid element of the expedition syllabus and it is suitable for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.

There is sufficient content in this course to satisfy the requirements of the HSE in respect of Emergency First Aid at Work. An additional certificate can be provided to evidence this to an employer, this should be requested from your course instructor and additional fees may apply.

Upon completion, you will receive an FAIB accredited certificate recognised by HSE.

To help us go paperless certificates will be emailed after completion. A hard-copy certificate is available upon request.

Course duration and timings

2 Day Course
Day 1 – 9am – 5.30pm
Day 2 – 9am – 5.30pm

Ideally, the course should be run over two consecutive days, but we have the flexibility to accommodate your specific needs.

Who should attend

If your assessment of First Aid needs highlights the need for qualified First Aiders in outdoor activity, then this Level 3 qualification will provide you with suitable and highly trained personnel.

Suitable for but not limited to –

  • Forestry Workers
  • Outdoor Sports Instructors/ Leaders/ Guides
  • Rangers
  • Forest School Teachers
  • Remote Working First Aid
  • Orienteering Leaders
  • Expedition Leaders
  • Scouts and Outdoor Groups

The qualification is available to learners aged 16 or over.

Due to the practical nature of the first aid assessment, there are physical demands and learners must be able to demonstrate their skills as in a real-life situation. As an example, the learner must be able to get to the floor unaided and demonstrate effective CPR with the casualty lying on the floor.

Topics covered in this course

  • First Aid Equipment
  • Assessment of the situation
  • Prioritising treatment
  • Environmental factors
  • Dealing with an unresponsive casualty
  • Bandaging
  • Moving a casualty
  • Shock (including Anaphylaxis)
  • Fractures and spinal injuries
  • Heart attacks
  • Choking
  • Control of bleeding
  • Head injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Poisoning
  • Chest injuries
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Burns and scalds
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Bites and stings
  • Minor injuries
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