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// Outdoor First Aid









The R2Ri team members have been teaching Outdoor First Aid for over 17 years. Team members have represented industry bodies on the Institute of Outdoor Learning consultation on outdoor first aid.

At the time of writing, as we understand it, R2Ri is the only Wilderness Medical Society Partner headquartered in England and Wales and one of only two WMS Partners in the UK - the other being the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

We deliver one day courses-  QNUK Level 3 Award in Emergency Outdoor First Aid (RQF) as well as the two day course (see below). The two day course is the most popular course as it meets the requirements of many NGB qualifications including Mountain Leader, Winter Mountain Leader, BELA, BASI, BCU, amongst others. The 16 hour course also meets the criteria for Emergency First Aid at Work and completion of the course entitles candidates to both the Outdoor First Aid and Emergency First Aid certificates.

These 2 day (16 hour contact time) courses are suitable for groups operating in the UK or similar environments overseas where medical assistance will be no more that two hours away. The courses are on the national framework and certified via an Awarding Organisation as part of our commitment to high standards, transparency, external audit and compliance.

The course meets the UK Institute of Outdoor Learning band 4 first aid course criteria (the highest level).

Supporting materials and notes are provided as part of the course cost.

The course is at Level 3 on the national framework.

Course title: QNUK Level 3 Award In Outdoor First Aid (RQF)

Course number: 603/2455/7

These courses meet the requirements for many UK National Governing Bodies such as the MLTB, BMC, BASI, BCU and others.


The course covers:

  • First Aid Kits

  • Difference between Outdoor and Urban First Aid

  • Legal Considerations

  • Consent

  • Hygiene

  • Scene Safety

  • Incident history and Kinematics 

  • Basic Triage

  • Providing emotional support

  • Managing a casualty wearing outdoor clothing

  • Incident Management

  • Moving casualties

  • Primary and Secondary Survey

  • CPR including drowning

  • Basic Life Support

  • AED/Defibrillators - awareness

  • Spinal Injuries

  • Bleeding including catastrophic bleeding (tourniquets and haemostatic agents)

  • Fractures including splinting and pelvic injuries

  • Sprains and strains

  • Burns

  • Diabetes

  • Chest Pain/angina

  • Heart Attacks

  • Strokes

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Immersion in water

  • Seizures

  • Hypothermia

  • Frostnip

  • Frostbite

  • Hyperthermia

  • Dehydration

  • Heat Exhaustion

  • Heat Stroke

  • Splinters

  • Blisters

  • Bites and stings including snake bites

  • UK Flora and Fauna

  • Ticks and Lymes disease

  • Poisoning

  • Snow blindness and bright light injuries

  • Exercises and scenarios

For first aid courses for those operating in more remote environments, please see our Remote Area and Wilderness First Aid courses. For more advanced courses, please view our  Remote Area and Wilderness First Responder courses. We also run courses covering medical techniques (as opposed to first aid) - please see our "medical" section.


These courses cost £110.00 a head. Group discounts apply for in house courses for groups of 10 or more. Courses can be delivered at your venue or suitable venues around the country by arrangement. An additional cost is applicable if you also want an Emergency First Aid At Work certificate.


Terms and Conditions apply.


"Fantastic course, covering a good mix of areas of first aid for both outdoor and remote activities (and the home environment). Trainers make the course come to life with realistic outdoor practical scenarios to complement the theory. Will definitely be returning for a refresher."

"Great course delivered by experienced people working in the outdoor industry saving lives as part of their job. I will be returning. Thanks."

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