ITC Level 3 Outdoor First Aid Course (16hrs)

This 2 day course is aimed at anyone who ventures off the beaten track, from hanging off buildings to hiking mountains and paddling various waterways. 

Our highly qualified instructors will arm you with knowledge and confidence to deliver aid to someone while also managing the elements that come with being in the great outdoors. 

There is a chance that working in the outdoors means that you could have to wait a while for the emergency services to arrive and take over, or even required to extract your casualty from a dangerous environment. These moments are essential in knowing how to control the situation and manage the casualty. You will learn how to confidently deal with a situation similar to this, and how to utilise the surroundings around you.

During the course, we will cover

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Dealing with collapse (with and without breathing)
  • CPR (including paediatrics)
  • Choking
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Burns
  • Major illnesses
  • Monitoring the casulty
  • Head, torso and limb injuries
  • Spinal injuries



  • Environmental effects
  • Heat and cold injuries
  • Effects of altitude (AMS / HACE / HAPE)
  • Using first aid kit
  • Outdoor specific scenarios
  • Outdoor incident management
  • Helmet and boot removal
  • Prolonged casualty management

This qualification is designed to provide outdoor incident management techniques and latest protocols. Typical delivery methods are predominantly practical, with elements occuring out of doors in outdoor clothing and on various terrains. 

This course is recognised by all outdoor governing bodies: MTA, BC, RYA, BEL, BCA, BKSA, BASI, GNAS, BSAC, PADI, IRATA, Forest School, etc. the course exceeds the recommendations for the HSE Emergency First Aid at Work and certificates are valid for 3 years.



Available all year round


2 Days (16hrs)

Group Size



Minimum age: 18


Electronic certificates are emailed out to learners approximately 2 weeks after the training.
This fully accredited qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).


This ITC certified award is valid for 3 years. A full course will need to be attended again in 3 years time to revalidate. 
The HSE also strongly recommend that annual First Aid Refresher courses (3 hours) are attended to prevent skill fade, maintain confidence and update best practice.


Outdoor clubs / centres

We offer bespoke training for your group either at your venue or ours:

Your centre: £800 + travel expenses.
Our centres: £1200 (Brighton Marina or near East Grinstead in Sussex).

Please note: Rates based on a maximum number of 12 persons per course.

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Day 1

  • Aims & responsibilities of the first aider
  • Priorities of treatment
  • Primary & secondary assessment
  • Airway Obstruction
  • CPR
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Effects of temperature
  • Scenarios

Day 2

  • Common disorders
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Bites & stings
  • Expedition hygiene & camp management
  • Altitude Sickness: AMS, HAPE, HACE
  • Improvised evacuation techniques
  • Scenarios



Equipment supplied

All first aid training supplies included on the course.

Equipment needed

Old outdoor clothing including waterproofs for the practical elements of the course.


The requirements for Forest School first aid can be met by completing an ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid.

Mountain Training

Mountain Training requires evidence of a current first aid qualification at assessment for leader and instructor qualifications.

Outdoor qualification schemes, the minimum requirement 2 days or 16hrs of instruction, including an element of assessment.

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British Canoeing

With the vast number of changes British Canoeing has undergone with their leadership and coaching structure in the past 10+ years, understanding the First Aid requirements can be somewhat overwhelming. Below is a summery of the main qualifications, however and we highly recommend that you follow the link below and download the full document produced by British Canoeing.

Qualification First Aid Course Duration
BCU Level 3 Coach (and above) 2 Days (16hrs)
BC (UKCC) Level 3 Performance Coach (and above) 2 Days (16hrs)
BC Moderate Water Leader/4 Star Leader (and above) 2 Days (16hrs)

BCU - refers to the qualifications taken prior to the UKCC qualifications BC - (UKCC) and the Endorsement refers to the UKCC qualifications BC -refers to the qualifications taken from 2018 Whilst not all Paddlesport Instructors will need a First Aid qualification, we recommend they hold a minimum of a 1-day First Aid if working independently and will need to hold a current First Aid award if assessing British Canoeing Awards.