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Expedition First Aid

Expedition first aid (also known as wilderness first aid or advance first aid) develops upon the 16 hour outdoor first aid course.  The aim of the expedition first aid course is to prepare the group for their first aid needs designed specifically towards their expedition at hand, or for a collection of expeditions. It differs from the outdoor course as it focuses on a  a variety of environmental conditions; a wide range of settings and scenarios you may come across; discussions on overseas illnesses and diseases; altitude illnesses; underwater conditions and much more.

For: Mountain Leaders (ML, WML, MIA, MIC, IML), Climbing Instructors (SPA, MIC, MIA), Ski Instructors (BASI), Mountain Guides (BMG, IFMGA), Canoe and Kayak Instructors (BCU), Mountain Bike Instructors (MIAS), Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leaders. Anyone who has a lifestyle and hobby in the outdoors.

Course timings: The course is best suited over 3 days to allow a more relaxed style of learning and gives the candidates more time to absorb information and to train. Course timings can be discussed. It can be a minimum of 2 days (16 hours) if basic life saving skills are already known.

Course Contents:

  • Incident management
  • Scenarios based upon destination and potential injuries and illnesses
  • Basic life saving skills – ABC’s + safe airway position + CPR + AED + Choking
  • Secondary survey’s – Physical and verbal examinations of casualties including casualty monitoring
  • Bloodloss – minor and major
  • Catastrophic bloodloss – use of haemostatic agents and tourniquet training
  • Shock
  • Head, neck and spine injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Upper and lower limb injuries – Sprains and strains + dislocations + splints + portable traction devices
  • Burns
  • Hot climate conditions
  • Cold climate conditions
  • Altitude conditions
  • Underwater conditions
  • Bites and stings
  • Infectious diseases and illnesses
  • Common illnesses
  • First aid kits – how to build your own + where to source equipment
  • Further reading
  • Online access to course resources (comming soon)

Assessment: Assessment is through continuous assessment over the duration of the course. There are knowledge reviews to be completed on certain subjects for example: infectious diseases and illness, common illnesses, altitude conditions.


 All successful candidates will receive the following certificates upon passing:

  • Expedition First Aid

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