28 September, 2021

YST train a new cohort of Outdoor First Aiders

Last week several teaching staff from a Gloucestershire school met to undertake the Level 3 Outdoor First Aid course delivered by our Activities Team leader, Tim Oliver.

The course focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and experience to successfully manage First Aid incidents in an outdoor environment where you may be remote and far from help. It uses scenario based learning in the outdoors and looks at what works in real life, allowing participants the opportunities to discuss the dilemmas faced when dealing with casualties when they are remote from care.

This is illustrated by one participant who said,

The best course I’ve been on in years. Tim took time to understand the situation I work in and provided real life accounts that gave flavour to the course”

The course covers: 

  • Assessment & Dealing with incidents safely using a systematic approach

  • CPR Resuscitation procedures for adults, children and babies

  • Disorders of respiration, including choking, asthma & drowning

  • Dealing with Bleeding, including Catastrophic haemorrhage

  • Disorders of circulation, including Shock

  • Treatment of musculoskeletal injuries including fractures & dislocations, sprains & strains

  • Head, skull and spinal Injuries

  • Major illnesses including Heart Attack, Stroke, Epilepsy, Diabetes and Anaphylaxis

  • Burns and thermal injuries

  • Minor injury

  • Poisoning, including drugs.

  • Bites and Stings

  • Environmental Injuries - Hypothermia & Hyperthermia

and uses incident management scenarios and improvised techniques, including decision making for remote situations.

We are able to deliver this course externally and successful completion will validate your Outdoor NGB qualifications including Mountain leader, RCI, BCU, BASI Ski Instructor, Mountain Bike Leader, Local Cave and Mine leader.

If you’d like to book onto the next course, please contact Tim Oliver  or call 07766070341 for more info.


Here's some more photos (not for the faint hearted) and testimony:

“I’ve never been on training on such a serious subject where I’ve laughed so much and retained so much information. Well done – and thanks”


“I loved the scenarios – helped me to understand how to manage incidents where there’s a lot going on”