REC Outdoor First Aid

Key facts


£120 per person

(Group rates available)

Course duration

Two days


Three years

Minimum age

14 years


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Rescue Emergency Care Outdoor First Aid

The 16-hour outdoor first aid course is designed to introduce a systematic way of first aid for managing casualties through topic learning and practicals intermixed with scenarios of real situations.

First aid training with the REC scheme is easy and fun. The course is progressive with outdoor and scenario-based learning that builds session by session, covering:

  • Emergency: vital signs • emergency action • airway • unconsciousness • choking • bleeding • breathing and circulation • CPR

  • Environment: heat stress • cold stress • hot injuries • cold injuries

  • Illness: chest pain • stroke • asthma • epilepsy • diabetes

  • Injury: head • spine • chest • abdomen • pelvis • bones • soft tissue • eye

  • Rescue: transportation • communication


The course includes:

  • Assessing a casualty

  • A system to cope with incidents as safely as possible

  • Deciding how to deal with an accident or incident

  • Awareness of delayed medical help and adverse environmental conditions


The qualification

  • The outdoor first aid course is certified for three years and is an entry point for the REC scheme. It is an approved course for Mountain Training and British Canoeing.