Outdoor Pursuits First Aid

Outdoor Pursuits First Aid 16-Hour Level 3 (VTQ)

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The Outdoor Pursuits First Aid 16-Hour course is suitable for people who might need to respond to a wide range of accidents, injuries and illnesses that they could come across when out in rural and remote areas where professional emergency assistance is not easily accessible.

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Course Information

Outdoor Pursuits First Aid 16-Hour Level 3 (VTQ)

The Outdoor Pursuits First Aid 16-Hour course is an ideal first aid course for outdoor activity instructors, teachers or leaders and outdoor learning specialists operating in situations where a number of hazards may be present or help may be up to a few hours away. This includes: water sports instructors and sailing, kayaking and canoeing leaders, as well as mountain leaders, outdoor pursuits instructors and students, SCUBA instructors, Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) assessors, bush craft instructors, forest school leaders and anyone who enjoys hiking, cycling and climbing in the great outdoors.

The Outdoor Pursuits 16-Hour First Aid course is aligned with the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) Statement of Good Practice on Outdoor First Aid at Band 3. It meets the UK and European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2021 as per the HSE requirements.

Spaces on the Outdoor Pursuits First Aid course are limited to a maximum of 12 people. A hands-on approach ensures that attendees learn first aid skills and have the confidence to use them in a real life situation. Learners are assessed throughout the course on their practical demonstrations, Q&A sessions and quizzes.

Day 1 of this course is also the Outdoor Pursuits 8-Hour First Aid course and these two courses may be combined should there be a mix of attendees needing the 1-day and 2-day course.

For those attendees working in an environment where there is a need to also hold a Workplace First Aid qualification, an Emergency Paediatric First Aid qualification, or a Forest Schools First Aid (16-Hour) qualification, these can be incorporated into the curriculum.  If you would like to gain an Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), an Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA), or a Forest Schools First Aid (16-Hour) qualification as well, there is an additional fee of £15 per attendee. Please request this at the time of booking.

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On successful completion of the course, attendees will receive a certified Outdoor Pursuits 16 Hour First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) certificate which is valid for three years. An annual Outdoor Pursuits First Aid refresher course is highly recommended. To renew, you will need to attend a further 2-day Outdoor Pursuits First Aid course.

Attendees completing our Outdoor Pursuits First Aid courses receive access to a video library for refreshing skills and reference through ProTrainings.

Course Curriculum

  • Fears of first aid
  • Asking permission to help
  • Scene safety
  • Chain of survival
  • ABCD’s
  • Initial assessment and recovery position
  • Stop Think Act
  • Barriers
  • Face shields
  • Adult bag mask (optional)
  • First aid kit
  • Dealing with an emergency away from EMS support
  • Deciding to move a patient or not
  • Adult, child, infant CPR
  • Adult CPR hand over
  • Compression-only CPR
  • AED introduction
  • Heart attack
  • Conscious adult, child, infant choking
  • Unconscious adult, child, infant choking
  • Types of bleeding
  • Serious bleeding
  • Internal bleeding
  • Plasters
  • Other injuries
  • Illness assessment
  • RICE – strains, sprains and soft tissue injuries
  • Adult fractures
  • Head injury
  • Eye injuries
  • Spinal injury
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Heat and cold emergencies
  • Shock
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy and seizures

Price for this course

Outdoor Pursuits First Aid 16-Hour Level 3 (VTQ)
£ 170 for 1 attendee
  • £162.35 each for 2 attendees
  • £154.70 each for 3 attendees
  • £147.05 each for 4 attendees
  • £139.40 each for 5 attendees
  • £131.75 each for 6 attendees
  • £124.10 each for 7 attendees
  • £116.45 each for 8 attendees
  • £108.80 each for 9 attendees
  • £101.15 each for 10 attendees
  • £92.50 each for 11 attendees
  • £85.00 each for 12 attendees

The prices above are for venue-based courses and private bookings for 4 or more attendees.

We are also pleased to offer private courses for 3 attendees or less. These can be delivered at your place of work or home. Please let us know if this is something you’d like to organise.

Prices are inclusive of your training and certificate.

A discount is applied for each additional learner attending a course. A full course of 12 learners is priced at 50% off!

Travel costs will be added to the prices above at a rate of 30p per mile from our office in Plympton.

Booking enquiry

If you would like to book this course, please complete the form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. 

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