(OFA) Remote Outdoor First Aid - 2 days/16+ hours
Working outdoors or in a remote location almost always means that a casualty has to be cared for longer than is typical in more urban settings. This first aid course is ideal for Mountain Leaders, Mountain Bike, Climbing or RYA Instructors, BCU coaches and other outdoor practitioners to keep their UK NGB Outdoor Awards valid. Equally relevant for forest workers, ecologists and those leading DofE groups or student field trips.
- Please note: Even if your work does not always take place outdoors but you are based in a remote location this might be your course of choice to comply with HSE regulations for the workplace based on your first aid needs assessment. You can view our quick course comparison chart here.
This interactive, highly practical and fun course is about giving you the confidence and competence in applying basic first aid skills in an outdoor context where medical help is more than an hour away. Contextualised to your activites the course is taught by enthusiastic trainers who are familiar with working and ‘playing’ in the outdoors and who understand the issues and often difficult decision making required when dealing with incidents in potentially hostile, remote environments.
09:00 – 18:00 on both days
This course consists of two units leading to the OFA certificate
Unit 1: Emergency First Aid in the Workplace is the same content as the EFAW course
- Understand the role of the First Aider
- Safe and systematic incident management
- Assessing vital signs
- Administer first aid to an unconscious casualty (including seizure)
- Adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Adult choking
- Controlling bleeding and treatment for shock
- Minor injuries
- Recording incidents and actions
Unit 2: First Aid for Outdoor Incident Management additional content for OFA
- Recognition and treatment of injury: bones, muscles and joints, suspected spinal and head injuries, chest, abdomen, pelvis, legs & arms, including improvised techniques
- severe burns and scalds
- sudden poisoning
- anaphylactic shock
- Recognition and management of common illnesses including heart attack, stroke, epilepsy, asthma and diabetes
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for drowning
- Environmental considerations - hypothermia, hyperthermia
- Ticks, snakes, bees, sea creatures and associated illnesses
- Casualty monitoring
- Practical incident scenarios outdoors
- Please note: The content can also be adapted for those working with children outdoors i.e. Teachers, Forest School Practitioners. Alternatively you might be interested in our Forest School First Aid course.
Continuous tutor observation and assessment of candidate practical technique throughout the day. This is recorded as the course progresses and also includes a short written multiple choice questionnaire for each unit.
This course is listed on the Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF). It is recognised UK wide and also used by many who are based abroad.
ITC Certificate in Outdoor First Aid (SCQF Level 5) – valid for 3 years
- Please note: Candidates only needing an EFAW qualification can aquire this by successfully completing just day 1 of the OFA course. Candidates successfully completing both days can receive an EFAW certificate in addition to the OFA certificate for a small additional fee.
This first aid course is accredited by the Awarding Body ITC First Aid Ltd and regulated by the SQA in Scotland. It is recognised by UK NGB's as 'licence to practice' requirement for those holding NGB Awards. This course can also meet HSE regulations for the workplace based on your first aid needs assessment.
How often do I need to be reassessed to keep my training valid?
Participants take another 2 day OFA course to re-validate this certificate. In addition the HSE highly recommend that First Aiders undergo an annual 3-hour first aid refresher course to keep basic life support skills up to date.
Booking a course
In-house first aid training can be delivered at your venue for groups of up to 12 per instructor. You just need a room (ideally carpeted) that is large enough to seat participants but also to allow them to lie on the floor with enough space to practice simulated incidents in pairs. In addition, the venue also needs access to a suitable outdoor space to practice outdoor scenarios on day 2.
You can also book on one of our open courses.
If you are unsure of the appropriate level of first aid training for you or need a first aid course more specifically tailored to your activities please email or call us on 07818 258799 to discuss your requirements – we are happy to help.
Open Course Dates in 2013
|Start Date||Venue||Duration||End Date||Price|
|12th Jun 2013||Cumbria||2 days||13th Jun 2013||£120||12 Spaces Available|
|26th Jun 2013||Lancashire||2 days||27th Jun 2013||£120||12 Spaces Available|