Outdoor Pursuits First Aid
2 days (16 hours)

Ideal for anybody working or leading groups in the Outdoors. It will maintain most outdoor National Governing Body (NGB) instructor licences such as Mountain Leader and British Canoe Union awards. It is also perfect for Duke of Edinburgh Award staff and participants.

Who is the Outdoor Pursuits First Aid qualification for?

This is the qualification of choice for experienced outdoor professionals throughout the UK. This course is delivered over a minimum of 16 hours to comply with NGB requirements, typically over 2 full days. The course is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate medical assistance and is ideal for (MLTA) (ML) (WML) (MIA) (MIC) (IML) climbing instructors (SPA), ski instructors (BASI), mountain guides (BMG), canoe and kayak instructors (BCU),  mountain bike instructors (MIAS), Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) leaders and participants, mine and cave leaders, field assistants. It is also invaluable for anybody spending time in the outdoors and remote environment whether recreationally, voluntarily or work related.

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.

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate assistance (more than 30 mins) in the remote and rural regions of the UK. This Outdoor First Aid qualification is externally regulated and meets the standards to appear upon the national qualifications frameworks of England and Wales.  This course is recognised throughout the UK and is the course of choice for experienced practitioners who use the outdoors.

This course is recognised throughout the UK (Cornwall to Caithness) as a nationally recognised and formal qualification.

Learners can be dual qualified with an Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate at the same time for a small additional charge (must be arranged at time of Booking)

How the qualification is instructed

Both units are typically delivered together, integrated throughout the course and contextualised to make the course relevant for, and aimed at, outdoor professionals from the start of the training. Throughout the course the instructor will be comparing and contrasting what is different in both urban and remote outdoor environments, giving the first aider a clear understanding of the roles and priorities for both urban and remote outdoor settings.

Individual places – please read

This Course is only run as a Group Booking due to the complexity of organising it. If you are looking for an individual place, let us know and we can put you on our Waiting list for spaces on a Private course where the Client will allow spare spaces to be sold to individuals.


Our Instructors come from a range of professional and voluntary backgrounds such as:

  • emergency services (ambulance, police and fire service)
  • military (medics)
  • outdoor professionals (Mountain leaders)
  • Community Responders
  • Experienced First Aiders

We aim to match instructors to your specific training requirements. They are aware of the specific needs of various outdoor environments, fully understanding the problems and judgements that have to be made when dealing with incidents in stressful, dangerous and remote situations.


Our training is very practical and hands on. We do not rely upon the usual ‘death by PowerPoint’, instead we use progressive incident scenario based training methods. Our courses teach techniques proven to work in real life incidents and not just in a classroom. Our training builds confidence and develops first aid skills into complete incident management.


None, but the training is held outdoors in part and you must be reasonably fit and strong.



All candidates must attend the full 16 hours to qualify. Each candidate is continually assessed throughout and has to complete a small multiple choice question paper at the end.

There is NO final practical assessment.


The Outdoor Pursuits First Aid qualification is Accredited by our Trade Body, ProTrainings.


In-house course for 12 candidates
- £1150 + vat

Individual candidate
- £180 + vat


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