Emergency Outdoor First Aid

Level 3 Emergency Outdoor First Aid : 1-day course

This one-day emergency outdoor first aid qualification is designed for people who are involved in outdoor activities or work in rural locations.

The course covers a wide range of first aid emergencies, enabling all participants to deal with emergency situations with confidence in a prompt, safe and effective way, particularly where professional medical help is not immediately available.

It will provide learners with the skills and knowledge to respond to a range of emergency outdoor situations including summoning assistance, responding to changes in vital signs, administering CPR and blood loss. The qualification meets the requirements of the Institute for Outdoor Learning band 2 training.

Course Duration

The minimum classroom contact time of 8 hours must be delivered over a minimum of 1 day. The course can be spread over a maximum of 4 weeks ensuring that each session is a minimum of two hours.


A range of outdoor First Aid related subjects are covered including:

  • What is outdoor first aid?
  • First aid equipment
  • Summon assistance
  • Monitoring
  • Scene survey
  • Resuscitation
  • Disorders of respiration
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Hypovolaemic shock


    A three year Level 3 Award in Emergency Outdoor First Aid will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment.


    A maximum of 12 students are allowed and must be a minimum of 14 years of age and a certificate can be offered to all, subject to assessment. A learner cannot assume a responsibility in the workplace until they reach the age of 16, and then it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the person is suitable for that role.