ITC Advanced Outdoor First Aid Course

5th Nov 2018

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We are very proud to be an ITC First Centre and proud of the courses we deliver.  We offer various course options but our most popular option is the 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course - a course that suits both outdoor professionals and those seeking to be prepared for the unexpected during their own adventures.  Our first aid courses are extremely popular, always sell out and many participants come back to join us time after time.

However,  we now also get many people who, having attended previous OFA’s, now want to further their learning by taking a more advanced course.  Now you can! Peak Mountaineering (through our sister company Tor Lea Training), is absolutely delighted to be able to start offering the ITC Advanced Outdoor First Aid course from this December.  Please do have a read of the information below and let us know if this would either suit your next renewal or be of interest as further development on top of your current qualification. 

Who is the Advanced Outdoor First Aid course for? 

The advanced course is for the experienced first aider who has previously attended a 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course.  Rather than learning to use medical equipment that you are unlikely to carry, this course builds on the skills and knowledge of earlier courses so participants become ‘advanced at the basics’. It is extremely interactive and practical in nature and, whereas on previous outdoor courses participants will have typically learnt what could be described as ‘reactive’ first aid, the advanced course is about more ‘proactive’ decision making.  

It is a prerequisite that attendees of this course have previously attended a 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course and are familiar with accident procedures and have a good knowledge of basic techniques.  This is a perfect option for anyone with prior first aid training who now wants to push their skills to the next level.  This course is also a requirement for ITC trainers who wish to deliver 16 hour Outdoor First Aid courses.

The Training Package

  • 18 hours of instruction over 2 days

  • Extensive scenario based and casualty incident training

  • Interactive and systemic training techniques

  • Successful participants will be awarded a certificate with 3 year lifespan 

  • Certificate meets the requirements of NGB awarding bodies and meets the Level 4 standard on the IOL framework

Content Summary

  • Initial skills assessment 

  • Advanced incident management 

  • Triage, vital signs and proactive casualty monitoring

  • Dealing with collapse and breathing problems

  • Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

  • Internal/external bleeding and the treatment of shock

  • Categories of shock 

  • Treatment of damage (head, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, legs and arms) and improvised management techniques for wilderness settings

  • Dealing with medical emergencies such as asthma, diabetes, seizure, heart attack and anaphylaxis

  • Heat and cold injuries and management of casualties in remote environments

  • Developing awareness of current legislation 

  • First aid kits

When, Where and How Much?

Our very first Advanced course will take place on December 8th and 9th at the Hollowford Centre in Castleton.  The centre is a great venue for first aid training right in the heart of the National Park and it has been our first aid home base for many years.  The course will run from 9-7pm on Saturday and 9-5pm on Sunday.

There are loads of accommodation options nearby including B&B’s, bunkhouses, youth hostels and even camp sites for the hardy.  We can provide details on suitable options.  

There is also lots to do in the local area so do let us know if you want so extend your stay.  As well as gritstone and limestone climbing venues (we can happily lend out local guidebooks if needed) and stunning hillwalking (we have route ideas and maps available) there are a host of world class mountain biking trails nearby and we are heading out on the Monday following the course so attendees are cordially invited to join us for a ride (bike hire is available locally if needed). 

Alternatively, if you want a more leisurely stay Castleton has plenty going on.  It is home to several show caves including the Treak Cliff and Blue John caverns which are home to the unique Blue John stone and the flooded Speedwell Cavern where visitors get a tour by boat. There is also our local Norman Castle, an interactive visitors centre and many friendly pubs and cafes.  Oh yes, and Castleton comes alive for Christmas with tree lined streets and you can even pop into our local 14th century church to see the Peak Mountaineering Christmas tree featuring amount many others in the famous St Edmund’s Christmas Tree Festival.

The course cost is £155

I’m up for it.  What next?

If you’d like to join us we’d live to have you along (please be sure you have previously attended an outdoor first aid course).  Just email us on info@peakmountaineering.com or via our Contact Form here and we’ll whip all the booking info across.  Alternatively,  give us a call on 01433 620283 and we can get you booked on or answer any questions about the course.