First Aid Testimonials

2 Day Outdoor First Aid Course

The School of Environment and Technology staff really go the extra mile for their colleagues and students. Over two stormy days several members of the school’s academic and technical team braved high winds and rain to learn the ins and outs of emergency first aid response in the wilderness. The setting was Wood Mills Nature Reserve near Henfield in West Sussex. The team battled the elements to get to grips with handling severed limbs, cardiac arrests, seizures, head injuries and even paper cuts. Academic life, in all its forms, can get messy.

Our aim was to ensure that the field trips we undertake as part of our students’ learning, give as much focus (if not more) on safety as to academic rigour and practical skills. Given that our Geography, Geology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences students will participate in residential experiences that can include remote locations in Brazil, South Africa, Spain, Morocco and Sicily, we are always updating the skillsets of the team to ensure everyone’s welfare is prioritised.

Activities on the two day training course included diagnosing and stabilising hypothermia, building stretchers from on-hand materials and using tourniquets to remedy more severe injuries. We learnt, amongst many things, to identify if an unconscious person is ‘snoring’. This indicates a restricted airway, and the approach is to gently tip their jaw up and forward to open up their airway. Even basic manoeuvres such as this can save a person’s life.

Our expert tutors Andy and Sean from Emergency Life Support Team, went the whole hog to make the more extreme learning scenarios as realistic as possible – including staging lost limbs to chainsaw accidents.

Safely back in doors for a debrief at the end of day two, limbs reattached, we all agreed that there is no such thing as over preparation – whether applied to field trip risk assessments; or for the student group presentations at the end of each learning activity. And we also all now know for sure that where you find a defibrillator you will surely find a razor…


Dr Mary Gearey

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Brighton

1Day Road Accident First Aid Course

Thank you very much for arranging a fantastic day for the engineers and myself to attend. The detailed scenarios that were provided were very realistic and challenging. Even those that struggled with the more graphic representations of the day took so much knowledge away. As a training course/team building event, this was perfect.

Our engineers are often working alone in very remote parts of the county and are quite likely to be the first members of the public to encounter a traffic incident. The environment they encountered allowed for that experience and practical training to be gained in a very safe but realistic set-up.

The team were very professional and really helped everyone relax and grow into the course.

I know we all have spent time with family and friends educating them on some of those key life skills we have now acquired.

Kevin Burford

Regional Programme Manager – BDUK East Sussex Fibre Network Delivery, Openreach

2 Day Outdoor First Aid Course  25th & 26th November 2019

Thanks again to Shaun and yourself for the best first aid course I’ve ever been on. I’ve been on a few, the first was around 1983.  Between the two of you you really have the ability to impart information that sticks in my mind.
You’ve got something that (death by) Power Point cannot get close to.  Your real life stories and Shaun’s catastrophe acting make a formidable double act, much of which is etched on by brain.

You aroused my curiosity which made me want to learn so for that reason I could have done two more days.  You made it really interesting so it became fun, even if the subject matter was life or death.
You’ve created a very special vehicle for teaching the skills needed to save life and long may you continue.
Best wishes and thanks again.
Malcolm Hazleton

Sunlight Centre

ELST has become our favoured provider of First Aid, because of the knowledge and skill they bring to the course, their understanding of our needs working outdoors and with machinery. Most of the teaching is outside, and the training scenarios are tailored to our work and much more realistic than a classroom-based providers. Our staff say they feel more confident and able to deal with an incident and that they really enjoy the training. Thanks Andy!

Pete Crawford

Strategy Lead, People & Wildlife, Sussex Wildlife Trust

The Caravan Club has been working with Emergency Life Support Team for a number of years, initially to ensure new staff were suitably certificated before they started work on Club sites. Due to the quality, relevance and value of the training delivered by Andy and his team, ELST are now the major provider for The Caravan Clubs First Aid training needs. Comments from Club colleagues who have attended ELSTs training include.

“Refreshingly different from other courses attended – full marks”

“Well presented with a common sense approach to First Aid”

“Extremely informative, I’ve learned a huge amount, thank you”

“Very impressive course and teaching techniques”

“Gave me confidence in my response to an emergency” “Best course ever”

“Very professionally presented and well suited to our needs on site”

“Brilliant – relevant – has taken away the mystery of first aid and I am now more likely to try to help”

“A practical course which applied to our job and work place situations”

“Enthusiasm and dedication shown by the trainer”

“Easy to understand, plain language – very good”

“Clear and precise, well put across”

“Extremely beneficial”

“Good knowledge of subject and made you at ease in the practical exercises”

“Very rewarding”

Rebecca Whipp

Training Manager , The Caravan & Motorhome Club

I have the Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association, Trail Cycle Leader qualification and to quantify it I am required to have a recognised First Aid qualification. So on 28th – 29th May 2011 I attended the Wilderness First Responder course held atBedgebury Forest,Kent for the first time.
I am currently serving in H M Armed Forces and therefore have to undertake quite a rigorous First Aid training assessment each year. However this is not a civilian recognised qualification as it is aimed towards operational life saving techniques.
The Wilderness First Responder course has given me greater self confidence in my ability to assess, react, control and maintain first aid on a casualty(s) in any given situation; not just in the Wilderness situation.
I will definitely be returning for refresher days and have passed on details to colleagues who also require this qualification.

Thank you Andy and the team; keep up the great work.

Kev Young

SSgt Royal Signals, British Army