Outdoor REC (16hrs) First Aid Joining instructions

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This is a two day (16 hour) course that combines practical and theory classroom sessions with hands on outdoor scenarios and demonstrations designed to mimic real life situations. The two days will cover casualty management, fundamental workings of the heart, lungs and airway as well as how to best deal with challenging environments and approach any incident as safely as possible.  

 The course content consists of:  

  • Principles of First Aid  
  • Vital signs  
  • Emergency Action & Safety – how to manage emergencies safely and systematically  
  • Airway – assessing airway problems and managing the airway  
  • Safe Airway Position & Casualty care  
  • Breathing Problems – including choking & Asthma  
  • CPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitation  
  • Circulation Problems – shock, chest pain, collapsing, heart stoppage  
  • Unconsciousness – collapsing & continued care  
  • Major Damage and Shock  
  • Bleeding – treating bleeding from open wounds  
  • Environmental Injuries – Hypothermia, Frostbite and Frost Nip, Hyperthermia  
  • Major Injuries – Head Injuries, Stroke, Chest Injury, Heart Attack, Stomach, Pelvis, Spine (inc casualty transportation)  
  • Head to Toe Checks  
  • Limb injuries – Bones, Muscles, Joints, Slings, Splints and Soft Tissue  
  • Common Medical Conditions – Diabetes, Seizures, Anaphylactic Shock  
  • Burns  
  • Eye Injuries  
  • Triage  

The REC Outdoor 16 hour First Aid course is valid for 3 years and is the standard approved course for the outdoor education industry, recognised by national governing bodies such as British Cycling, Canoe England, Scotland & Wales and Mountain Training UK.

Our first aid courses are run by the very best front-line medics and experts in remote medical care. Intrepid-Medics are a team of fully qualified UK and US paramedics who practice the highest standards of pre-hospital care in some of the planet’s most remote and challenging environments, from battle fields to disaster zones, to healthcare epidemics, and from the High Himalaya to the sub-Saharan savanna. Anything you want to know about remote emergency care the Intrepid-Medics team will know and most likely have dealt with personally.  

When & Where

Your course will begin at 9am on day one, please make sure you there on time! We aim to be finished by 5pm on the second day.

We will be based out of the Malvern Hills Hotel and all practical elements will be done just over the road on the beautiful Malvern Hills. 

Lunch and Refreshments

We know how important this is! We will be providing lunch and a round of coffee/tea from the hotel itself, which is included in the price of the course. Please view this menu before arriving, so we can get the lunch order in easily when you arrive. You can have any of the baguettes listed here on the right hand side. Of course you are welcome to order and pay for more if you wish!


There is free but limited parking at the hotel, otherwise the street opposite the hotel has some spaces before the bus stop and there is a pay and display car park over the road.


You are going to be outside, as much as possible. Bring clothing to keep you comfortable in whatever weather we have during the course. No going inside because you are a bit chilly!

Final Checks

A member of our team will make contact with you in the final days before this course, just to touch base and check all is well!

Thanks and we are really excited to see you on this adventure!

Up 4 Adventure UK Team.

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