OFA Group Course Overview
This Outdoor First Aid course is designed for those who spend their time in the outdoors and remote areas, including Duke of Edinburgh Leaders or Award Participants, Walking Group Leaders, Mountain Leaders and outdoor enthusiasts.
The course is uniquely delivered through trained acting casualties, which brings the course to life, giving candidates as close to real practise without actually injuring someone. The course balances theory and demonstration in the classroom, with realistic scenarios in the outdoor environment around and close to the building.
The course looks at injuries and medical conditions related to the outdoor environment while considering longer-term care as you await mountain rescue or helicopter evacuation. As part of the longer-term care, the impact of the environment on the casualty, group and first aiders are considered.
As the course develops, the candidates build the skills of looking after a casualty near the building to further afield with multiple casualties. This helps build scene management and leadership skills, along with handover to emergency services.
The course is usually run into the early evening, providing candidates with the opportunity to develop their skills in reduced lighting, which could occur with an activity that overruns or incidents overnight at the campsite.
This course is suitable for outdoor qualifications which require a minimum of 16 hours of training.
The Outdoor First Aid course is made up of practical and theoretical sessions on a range of topics including:
- First Aid Equipment
- Assessment of the situation
- Prioritising treatment
- Environmental factors
- Moving a casualty
- Control of bleeding
- Sprains, strains and fractures
- Spinal injuries
- Head injuries
- Heat exhaustion
- Anaphylactic Shock
- Major illness, including asthma, seizures, diabetes, angina
The course is typically run 09:00 until the latest of 21:00 on the first day with two meal breaks and 09:00 until 16:00 on the second day with one meal break. This provides the opportunity for scenarios in the evening as it is getting dark.
As the first day is long, the course is ideally run residentially which also helps develop team-building over the two days but is not essential.
The course is ideally run between the end of September and the end of March, to provide the ideal conditions for topics covered and the scenes being set.
The course is delivered in the classroom and in the outdoors.
Classroom sessions provide an opportunity to learn the theory and practical techniques through demonstration, discussions and questioning, ensuring everyone is involved in the learning.
The outdoor sessions are run with trained acting casualties who provide realistic scenarios in which candidates can put their first aid, scene management and leadership skills into practice. As the two days develop, the feeling of the remoteness of the scenarios increases, ensuring your long term care skills for the mountain are developed.
Candidates need to wear outdoor clothes that they feel comfortable in during classroom sessions and are suitable for outdoor scenarios. Candidates will need to have warm clothes for outside and wet weather clothing, as the course takes place in all weathers.
The course includes an Outdoor First Aid handbook produced by Instructuk Resources Ltd to support the course.
The course includes a range of assessment methods including interactive group discussion and practical sessions which are monitored by the tutor.
There is no post-course learning for this course.
You can arrange a program of support from Dewi Development Ltd for your staff, this can include ongoing coaching or access to a debrief session. Your staff may wish to access a debrief session following a serious incident at which they utilised their skills and need to discuss the actions they took.
Successful candidates will be issued with an Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid by the awarding body First Aid Awards.
The Level 3 Outdoor First Aid qualification lasts for three years and can be renewed by resitting the qualification.
It is recommended to complete Continual Professional Development on a yearly basis to maintain practical skills and keep information at the forefront.
The course involves various practical sessions, where candidates will need to get down to the floor to practise their first aid skills indoors and out. This will include practising recovery position and demonstrating effective resuscitation for a minimum amount of time. If you have any concerns about carrying out these activities, you should get in touch before booking the course.
If candidates have any physical or learning needs for the group work or for the assessment, this should be notified as part of the booking.
We can deliver the training at your venue which has a suitable training room and outdoor surroundings to set scenes. This course is ideally run residentially, while not essential, the first day does run until the latest of nine in the evening.
Locations will require:
- Room big enough to sit 12 candidates to sit in a horseshoe
- Tables for group work and assessment at the end of the session
- Floor space to practise their first aid skills
- Projector and screen with computer connection, however, we can provide a projector with laptop
- Suitable outdoor surroundings in which to run casualty scenarios
While we will deliver our courses across the country, we focus on supporting local businesses in south Wales from Cardigan to Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.
The course will have four planned breaks on day one and three planned breaks on day two. The refreshments are not included in the price.
While a student can qualify at 14, they may not assume responsibility in the workplace until they are 16 and then it is the employer's responsibility to ensure the individual is suitable for the role.
If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Group price for 6 is £1,300.00* with extra candidates £21 per person to the maximum number.
The group price is based on training at your venue for the maximum number of candidates. If you do not have a suitable training venue, we can work with you to arrange a venue near you at an additional cost.
The course is invoiced in advance, with the minimum payment required before the course and final candidate numbers invoiced after the course.
* If you are further than 50 miles from Swansea, there may be additional travel costs. Contact us to discuss the options.
- Candidate registration fees
- Course handbook
- 3 Trained acting casualties
- Small individual First Aid kit
- All first aid training equipment for practical sessions
- Hiking equipment involved in the scenarios
- Safety equipment for scenarios