Outdoor First Aid 16 Hour Course

About the course

This course adheres to Band 3 of the Institute for Outdoor Learning  Outdoor First Aid Training Framework and is approved by the First Aid Industry Body.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone, but is particularly suitable for those who work outdoors, for example, Outdoor pursuits instructors, Tree Surgeons, Estate workers, and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors, to name but a few.

Organisations that recognise our qualification:

The Emergency Life Support Team’s Outdoor First Aid 16-hour course fulfils the needs of the majority of outdoor national governing bodies such as: 

MBLA,ML, SPA, RYA, BCU, ASSI, BOF, DofE, and BASI & Forest School.

Your First Aid Trainer:

Your trainer will have had real-life experience of administering First Aid form serving in the Emergency Services, which we truly believe gives credibility and quality to the training you deserve to receive. Your abilities in saving a life are most important to us, hence this is why our training ethos is to create a relaxed and enjoyable training experience in which to learn to your full potential.

Course Content:

  • Introduction to Outdoor First Aid
  • Action and priorities in an Emergency
  • Basic Life Support (Adult and Child CPR)
  • Administer First Aid to an Adult or Child who is choking
  • Content of First Aid kits
  • Primary and Secondary patient assessment
  • Management of the unconscious patient

Medical Emergencies:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes
  • Seizures (Epilepsy)
  • Asthma
  • Dehydration

Trauma Emergencies:

  • Fractures
  • Minor & Major Bleeding (including the trauma dressing)
  • Head Injuries
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Hypothermia & Hyperthermia


2 Days 16 contact hours

9.30 – 18.30 each day


Qualification for the Outdoor First Aid 2-Day Course is achieved through ongoing assessment.

1. Emergency First Aid at Work

2. Outdoor First Aid 16 Hours

Qualification (Valid for 3 years)

Courses at your venue:

In order to arrange a 2 Day Outdoor First Aid course group booking at your site, a minimum requirement of six candidates will be required. The training can be delivered at your own venue anywhere in the UK. Please contact us for a quote.

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COVID-19 How we are trying to keep everyone safe.

We are continuing to adjust the way we are working to follow the latest government guidelines. Our primary focus is always the health and wellbeing of our staff and students including the wider public, and we are striving hard to maintain the professional service we have offered over the past 16 years in the provision of First Aid Training.

If you have any doubts about your personal safety by attending our course, please take a look at our risk assessment.

Price: £150


Camping is available at £5.00 per night.

Campervan serviced pitch at £18.00 per pitch plus £2.00 per person.

Email address for bookings is – reception@bushywood.org.uk

Course dates and locations:

7th & 8th July 2021 East Sussex


Available places: FULLY BOOKED

Bushy Wood
Main Road
East Sussex
BN27 3LZ

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Parking is free.

Cost: £150.00


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August 18th & 19th 2021 East Sussex


Available places:7

Bushy Wood
Main Road
East Sussex
BN27 3LZ

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Parking is free.


Camping is available at £5.00 per night.

Campervan serviced pitch at £18.00 per pitch plus £2.00 per person.

Email address for bookings is - reception@bushywood.org.uk

Cost: £150.00


Book with us and get a discount on other courses!

Jack Raven Bushcraft 10% off all courses

September 8th & 9th 2021 East Sussex


Available places:6

Bushy Wood
Main Road
East Sussex
BN27 3LZ

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Parking is free.


Camping is available for £5.00 per night.

Campervan serviced pitch at £18.00 per pitch plus £2.00 per person.

Email address for bookings is - reception@bushywood.org.uk

Cost: £150.00


Book with us and get a discount on other courses!

Jack Raven Bushcraft 10% off all courses

October 6th & 7th 2021 East Sussex


Available places:14

Bushy Wood
Main Road
East Sussex
BN27 3LZ

/// What 3 Words address:


Parking is free.


Camping is available at £5.00 per night.

Campervan serviced pitch at £18.00 per pitch plus £2.00 per person.

Email address for bookings is - reception@bushywood.org.uk

Cost: £150.00


Book with us and get a discount on other courses!

Jack Raven Bushcraft 10% off all courses

13 reviews for Outdoor First Aid 16 Hour Course

  1. elsteam999

    Forget about any first aid course you may have done in the past and just do this one instead! I had an absolutely amazing experience with the ELS Team on my first aid course this weekend, it was like no other I have attended. Our group were encouraged to get hands on straight away (in a ‘COVID secure’ way) without any of the usual awkward role play and classroom based powerpoint presentations. The real-life scenarios and actively getting involved has given me so much confidence in my ability to administer first aid. Having attended first aid courses with other providers, I never felt prepared to deal with emergency first aid situations but after this weekend with ELST I can honestly say I feel ready to deal with (or at least attempt to deal with) a variety of emergency situations. The training is thorough and interesting with a good opportunity for everyone to get involved. Plus you get front row seats to some Oscar level performances! I will definitely be returning in three years time!

    Alison Cordner

  2. elsteam999

    Just wanted to drop a little thanks…

    The past couple of days have been fantastic in every way and I genuinely loved it all.
    I think the course was outstanding. It was engaging, educational, and great fun.

    Your delivery of the whole event was exceptional, and so captivating. I could have easily sat and listened to more stories, tips and tricks for hours or even days more!

    There was a couple of very important things you’ve helped me with…

    First is setting my mind at rest about expectations. After the first First Aid course I did, I had a lot of worry about “should I let people know about this… What if something happens, people look to me, and I can’t help..” Some of those worries even came back before this course. But, after this weekend, and understand standing what we’re there to do, and what we’re NOT there to do has helped so much.

    Second, highlighting the goal and not the process… the stand out example of the weekend is the recovery position (although there were many others). All I could remember from the other course I did was the emphasis on getting the positioning process done right and not WHY I was positioning them. I genuinely thought it was to promote blood flow or something!! Demonstrating that we’re just making sure it’s there mouth facing down, and really how you do that is less important was so simple but so helpful.

    A note on Shaun. What.a.guy. wow… where to begin. Those performances were on another level. You may have over heard some of it, but coming away from the sections everyone was talking about how amazing and immersive his performances were, and that the value it adds to the experience is immeasurable. Also, When he’s not covered in blood, mumbling through a stroke, or being an aggressive diabetic, he’s wonderful to chat to! First aid needs more Shaun’s!

    Again, a massive thanks to both you and Shaun not only for the incredibly well put together weekend, but for actually doing what you do, sharing all your knowledge and experience.

    Roman Humphreys

  3. elsteam999

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course last week. I feel I learned far more about the reality of 1st Aid than I had on any previous course. And… I feel far more prepared to have a go and do what I can than at any point before. Many thanks.

    Chris Knight

  4. elsteam999

    I just wanted to write and say thank you so much for a really interesting, engaging and informative two days doing the outdoor first aid course. Of all the first aid courses I’ve done this has left me the most enthused and empowered to feel like I know what I need for my first aid kit and what help I can provide in the unfortunate event of needing to give first aid.

    The way the two of you brought scenarios to life with very realistic acting and props, whilst talking through processes clearly and inviting group interactivity has really helped those all important messages and knowledge sink in. I really appreciated hearing you’re real life stories as well.

    One particular element that I was impressed with was your focus on mental health throughout the course. It is the first, first aid course I have done where the mental health impact on both the victim of an event and particularly yourself as first aider has been thought about and the suggestions you gave for managing this were both practical and thoughtful.

    I also especially appreciated how relaxed the course was in terms of not stressing about detailed technique because that is not realistic. The learn and evaluate as we go approach really made me feel at ease and because I wasn’t stressing about being ‘tested’, it made me more open to absorbing the information and more confident to engage.

    Finally and on a more personal note, I am so glad I was doing your course as my first two days away from my 10 month old baby. Honestly, I was dreading it, but given all of the above – the relaxed atmosphere, how engaging and interactive the content was – I couldn’t have asked for a more positive distraction. And I am now really excited to share this knowledge and skills with my son when he is a little older. Thank you for being so caring and empathic to this particular circumstance throughout the course.

    Antigone Nikiteas

  5. elsteam999

    Wow! I cannot believe how much I have learnt from my 2 days with Andy and Sean. I have attended many First Aid courses over the years, so thought I would only be refreshing skills I had previously learnt – how wrong I was!

    Andy holds more than a qualification in First Aid – he has the true life experiences, which in his delivery of the skills needed, were truly invaluable.

    This was truly the most fun, informative and perfectly delivered First Aid course that I have ever attended and cannot recommend them highly enough.

    Absolutely brilliant – thank you!

    Suzanne Taylor

  6. elsteam999

    In the current situation surrounding Covid-19, I found it difficult to find an Outdoor First Aid course nearby, but I was lucky enough to come across the one run by the Emergency Life Support Team. Andy and Shaun were quick to put me at ease when I arrived and, while adhering to Covid restrictions, they delivered two days’ training that was interesting and engaging. Andy’s wealth of experience meant that he always had a story up his sleeve to illustrate a point and these really embedded the learning. The realistic scenarios certainly got the adrenaline pumping and gave you a real feel for how you would react, while making you feel prepared to handle these situations.

    Whereas on previous first aid courses I left feeling nervous that I wouldn’t remember everything, I left this course feeling that I could really make a difference if I was first on the scene. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, whether you ‘need’ it or not.

    Best wishes

    Melissa Kosar

  7. elsteam999

    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.

    man lying on floor with tourniquet around legActivities 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

  8. elsteam999

    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) PowerPoint cannot get close to. Your real-life stories and Shaun’s catastrophe acting make a formidable double act, much of which is etched on my brain. (Help!)

    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 lives and long may you continue.

    Best wishes and thanks again.

    Malcolm Hazleton

    Sunlight Centre

  9. elsteam999

    I’ve just got home after completing the 2-day Outdoor First Aid course, and really feel that we should all be looking to ELST to provide first aid training. I’ve been on several first aid courses, and have needed to use first aid (or my attempts at it) on numerous occasions in the real world, just as a teacher, a member of the public, and a road-user. What I can say about ELST is that their scenario training is outstanding, and provides what I feel is an invaluable, real-as-possible experience, that can help you to feel more prepared should you find yourself in similar life-threatening (or otherwise) situations.

    We spent the first day in the classroom, and spent the second day in the woods getting muddy and (fake) bloody. The course content was very good and as described, but whereas on previous courses, where I’ve gone home full of questions, concerns, doubts, and dare I say, fears about my memory and abilities to deal with anything, actually having a hands-on experience and a running commentary, I have come away from ELST reassured that I’ll do my best, that doing my best WILL help (if possible), and that that’d good enough for the situation I’m presented with. I have no doubt that it’ll save lives.

    Thanks ever so much both to Andy, for his expert instruction, and to Sean, for his frighteningly-real scenarios and helping to bring things to life (or death!). The pair make a great team, have a vast wealth of experience between them, and are approachable and easy to talk to. I can’t recommend this course enough to anyone in any walk of life, frankly. I did this through work, but if you’ve never had any first aid training, just book yourself on it. You could save a loved-one (or anyone, really) with just a bit of knowledge, and the confidence to have a go.

    Thanks again,

    James Andrew

  10. elsteam999

    I first did the two day course 3 years ago and without a doubt it was the best first aid course I’d ever attended so I had no hesitation in booking on another this year to renew my qualifications. Andy is friendly, welcoming and delivers a wealth of information and examples in a professional, knowledgeable but easily understandable way. On the two courses Andy has been joined by Shaun and the two of them work really well together both with a great sense of humour which is not normally found on first aid courses.

    They create outdoor scenarios which provide fantastic practical opportunities to fulfil the role of first responder and use the knowledge discussed, followed by appropriate feedback and reflection afterwards. Highly recommended to anyone looking for an introduction to first aid and especially those needing the outdoor first aid qualification. Definitely a fresh approach to teaching first aid which leaves much more of an impression than traditional courses. Thanks Andy and Shaun!

    Julie Butler

  11. elsteam999

    A very engaging day accompanied by an instructor with real life experience making it more applicable and realistic. Thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a lot of important skills. Would defiantly recommend!

    Tabitha McConnell

  12. elsteam999

    The two day course was, without a doubt, the best first aid course I’ve ever done. It was packed with information, which was delivered in a professional, knowledgeable and digestible way, with many examples given. Andy was friendly and welcoming and scenarios created outdoors provided fantastic practical opportunities to put the theory into practice, with appropriate reflection afterwards.
    Andy and Shaun also had a sense of humour – not something always found on first aid courses! I highly recommend.

    Rowena Gerrett

  13. elsteam999

    I have been a motorcyclist (in an accident of my own making), and a witness to three serious road traffic incidents at which I was the first on the scene. In each of these situations I wished that I had been more able to help. For this reason, I decided that and ELST course was for me.

    To say that I had reservations about a) doing an Outdoor First Aid course, and b) that I would be observed whilst carrying out actions on a real person with very lifelike injuries would be an understatement! The reality, however, was that it was informative, fun, immersive and gave me a bonding experience with my fellow trainees that was totally unexpected.

    I genuinely did not know what to expect from this course (I attended a 2-day outdoor course). I’d been on a workplace First Aid course, which was pretty much all theory and took place over three days in a hotel somewhere. I found the Outdoor First aid course to be a completely different experience. I don’t want to spoil any surprises for anyone but, boy, is the make-up good! I had also been concerned about being watched as I employed my new-found knowledge and skills in the woods. I needn’t have worried – there is no criticism, only encouragement, and I became so immersed in the reality of the situations we were presented with that at one stage I found myself getting quite emotional at the prospect of one of my “patients” dying from a pretend heart attack!

    Andy and his team know how to make you understand what you are facing, how to use facilities that are at your disposal in the outdoors, how to treat an accident as a “resolvable situation” rather than a crisis and, more importantly, to accept that you cannot solve everything.

    My lesson learnt? As long as you have done your best to help, then that is better than standing by and doing nothing. I now carry a pink high viz jacket and a “proper” first aid kit in my car as a matter of course, confident that, should the need to use it arise I will be able to do something more useful than simply call for help.

    Chrissy Higgins

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