16 Hour Outdoor First Aid Course

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This 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course provides the knowledge and skills for first aiders in outdoor environments where help is up to 2 hours away. It’s ideal for anyone spending time in the outdoors or wilderness environments through recreational, voluntary or work related activities.

Not sure if this course is right for you? Read our FAQ page which we’ve written to help you decide which course is right for you.



16 Hour Outdoor First Aid Course

This 16 hour Outdoor First Aid provides the knowledge and skills for first aiders in outdoor environments where help is up to 2 hours away. It’s ideal for;

  • Mountain Leaders,
  • Climbing Instructors,
  • Ski Instructors,
  • Mountain Guides,
  • Canoe and Kayak Instructors,
  • Mountain Bike Instructors,
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leaders,
  • Field Assistants
  • Anyone spending time in the outdoors or wilderness environments through recreational, voluntary or work related activities.

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Course syllabus includes:

  • Understanding the role of the first-aider, including reference to:
    • the importance of preventing cross infection
    • the need for recording incidents and actions
    • use of available equipment
  • Considering environmental factors in outdoor first aid
  • Managing an unresponsive casualty when assistance is up to 2 hours away
  • When and how to remove outdoor activity equipment
  • When and how to move a casualty
  • Assessing the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • Recognise & administer first aid, including primary and secondary surveys, to a child or adult casualty who is/has;
    • unresponsive & breathing normally
    • unresponsive & not breathing normally, whether the result of drowning, avalanche or lightning strike
    • choking
    • wounded and bleeding
    • injuries to eyes, bones, muscles, joints, chest, abdomen and pelvis
    • suspected head or spinal injuries
    • small cuts, grazes and bruises
    • small splinters
    • minor burns and scalds
    • bites & stings
    • have Lyme’s disease
    • suffering from sudden poisoning
    • having a heart attack
    • having a seizure or a stroke
    • asthma
    • diabetes
    • suffering anaphylactic or hypovolaemic shock
    • had an electric shock
    • suffering the effects of extreme heat or cold
    • been immersed in water


There are two options available for this outdoor first aid course. Ultimately there is no difference in the validity of either, but some people prefer to choose one other the other. You will see the same presentation, be assessed on the same practical skills & to the same degree, but sit different multiple choice exam papers at the end of the course.

  • Certified by Chris Garland Training:
    • This is the default option.
    • PDF format certificates are issued as standard, but paper certificates can be requested as well.
    • Your certificate is valid for 3 years.
  • Certified by the Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation:
    • If you’d prefer this option, please select this option when making your booking above.
    • Paper certificate & credit card sized plastic certificates are issued.
    • Your certificate is valid for 3 years.

Course duration:

  • 16 guided learning hours with a further 4 hours self study.


  • As a guide, 09:00-18:30hrs when run over two days or 09:30-16:00hrs when run over 3 days. Please note the exact times for your course booking.


  • Whether certified by Chris Garland Training or the Ofqual Regulated Awarding Organisation that we use, the assessments on the outdoor first aid course are the basically the same. Each candidate undertakes a multiple-choice question paper & practical assessment.
  • Multiple-Choice Question paper:
    • You need to score a minimum of 70% correct answers to achieve a pass.
  • Practical observation:
    • You’ll need to demonstrate giving first aid as you would in an emergency situation, such as providing CPR on the floor. You need to score 100% to achieve a pass.


  • Attendees will be required to demonstrate first aid procedures as they would in a real activity environment. This includes providing CPR to a casualty who is on the floor, therefore you must be physically capable of doing so.
  • It is recommended that candidates have a minimum of Level 2 literacy and numeracy or equivalent.
  • The course is aimed at those over 16 who are looking to undertake the responsibilities associated with being a nominated first aider. The course can also be undertaken by candidates between 14 & 16 years old, but they shouldn’t be relied upon by employers to be a sole, nominated first aider.


  • All courses have a minimum and maximum number of candidates that we can take on a course.
    • Minimum: We need a minimum of 4 candidates booked on an open/scheduled course for the course to run. Click here for more details.
    • Maximum: We are limited by the Health & Safety Executive, and where applicable by the Awarding Organisation, to a maximum of 12 candidates per instructor. Should you have more than 12 candidates that need to be trained, please contact us to arrange a private course, where by negotiation, we can arrange for a second instructor/assessor to be present to comply with this restriction.

Geographical coverage:

  • This Outdoor First Aid course is available to candidates throughout the UK.
  • The course can be delivered in other countries however the course content has been developed in accordance with current UK practice.


  • Scheduled courses run at our training centre in Knutsford, Cheshire. Visit our Joining Instructions page to read about what you will need to bring/wear, etc.
  • Why not arrange to have a private face to face course run at your workplace? Simply fill in our quote builder tool to request a quotation.

Joining instructions:

Private courses:

  • To arrange a private course for yourself or your colleagues, please fill in our Quote Builder tool.


16 Hour Outdoor First Aid Course

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  1. University of Manchester Hiking Club (verified owner)

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    Hands on practical training. Informative and fun!

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    • ChrisGarland (store manager)

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it & I look forward to seeing you again next year.

  2. ChrisGarland (store manager)

    Recent comments:
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Really informative & useful.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “A very worthwhile course, well delivered.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “A hands-on, enjoyable way to learn about very important & useful first aid skills.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “The course is quite intense, but given the time (i.e. over a weekend), it’s a very well taught and organised. Highly recommended.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Very informative & interactive.”
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “There were loads of great training materials. The course content was very relevant, including a lot in good depth. I enjoyed the mixture of videos too – they were relevant and clear. I think it’s great how passionate Chris is & it shows in the training.”
    “⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – “Really beneficial.”

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— Multi-National companies,
— Mining, Surveying, Construction & Maintenance companies,
— Universities, Colleges, School Academies & Childcare providers,
— Secure and Referral Schools,
— Local Authorities,
— Wildlife Trusts,
— Tree Surgeons,
— Food manufacturers, Restaurants & Chefs,
— Sports Clubs including Golf, Rugby, Netball & Judo,
— Climbing Centres,
— Dentists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists,
— Other training companies,
— And many, many more!

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16 Hour Outdoor First Aid Course