Advanced Outdoor First Aid

This 2-day 18hr advanced outdoor first aid course is for the experienced first aider who has previously attended a 16 hr outdoor first aid course (or equivalent course) and now wants to push their skills to the next level.


  • Duration: 2 days
  • Ratio: 1:12
  • Type: Non-residential
  • Location: Hollowford Centre, Peak District
SKU: Advanced Outdoor First Aid Category:
  • Manual and certificate included in price
  • Delivered by experienced outdoor professionals
  • Free transport available from local hubs
  • 10% discount available for NGB award holders


Our ITC 18 hr Advanced Outdoor First Aid course is perfect for anyone seeking to further their first aid knowledge.  It also suits those operating in remote or expedition terrain.  The qualification is a suitable choice for revalidating any national governing body qualifications.  It will also be of interest as further development on top of current qualifications.  This course is a requirement for ITC trainers wishing to deliver 16 hour Outdoor First Aid courses.  It is also required for many leaders working with overseas expedition companies.

This course meets the requirements of the Institute for Outdoor Learning Statement of Good Practice for Outdoor First Aid Training Framework at Band 4.   This is hosted upon the Institute for Outdoor Learning website here.

The course builds on the skills and knowledge of earlier courses so participants become ‘advanced at the basics’.  It focuses on improvised techniques rather than learning to use medical equipment you are unlikely to carry,   It is extremely interactive and practical in nature.  On standard first aid courses participants typically learn what could be described as ‘reactive’ first aid.  Our advanced course is about more ‘proactive’ decision making.

It is a prerequisite attendees of this course have previously attended a 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course or equivalent.  Participants should be familiar with standard accident procedures and have a good knowledge of basic techniques.  The course is a perfect option for anyone wanting to push their first aid skills to the next level.

The course is 18 hours in length (run over 2 longer days) and features extensive scenario based and casualty incident training delivered through interactive and systematic training techniques.  Successful participants will be awarded an ITC First certificate with a 3 year lifespan.

We have a long history of delivering remote area first aid training and always receive great feedback.  We are also extremely proud to be the only Peak District National Park provider offering ITC Advanced First Aid qualifications.

Course Syllabus

Our 18 hour Advanced Outdoor First Aid course offers a busy and interactive training package focussed on giving you the skills to manage casualties in both an urban and wilderness context.  The training aims to be as practical as possible and allows plenty of time for repetition to aid skills retention.

Participants wishing to attend should have previously attended a 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course or equivalent (please check with us if you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements).

Participants from the age of 16 upwards are welcome providing they meet the entry requirements.

The course will run from 9am to 7pm on day one and 9am to 5pm on day two.

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.

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

Successful candidates will be issued with an electronic certificate valid for 3 years.


All our first aid courses are run at select venues in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park’s Hope Valley. We really couldn’t be better placed for a memorable first aid training experience.   

  •  The Advanced First Aid course is run at The Hollowford Centre, Castleton which is a lovely outdoor centre set in a stunning location under the East Face of Mam Tor.  (full venue details will be sent with our detailed participant joining instructions). 
  • All venues are within easy reach by car from the directions of Sheffield or Manchester.  We also try and  encourage the use of public transport wherever possible and the Hope Valley is served by train and bus.  The Hope Valley train runs between Sheffield and Manchester and stops at nearby Hope station (we can also provide free transport to/from the station if required).
  • All our venues have kitchen facilities and participants are welcome to bring food for lunches. Refreshments such as tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided free of charge during the course.
  • All of our venues are well served with a wide variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets.  Please have a look at the accommodation options information and don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help in finding something suitable. Similarly, there are local food shops and plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes to keep you fed and watered.  
  • Attendees wishing to combine their training with some exploration of the local area are very well served.  Famous rock climbing venues such as Stanage and Bamford Edge (to name just two of many!) are only a few minutes away and there are fantastic road biking and mountain biking options available straight from the doorstep.  Other alternative activities might include a visit to the local outdoor swimming pool in Hathersage and walkers and runners have endless possibilities for an evening adventure.  We can provide plenty of guidance and are more than happy to lend out maps and guidebooks.  We love where we are based and enjoy nothing better than showing it off to visitors!


Here are a list of questions clients frequently ask about first aid courses.  We hope you’ll find the info you need but, if there’s something you want to know that we haven’t covered, please call or email us and we’ll be more than happy to help.  Infact, if you’ve thought of it then the chances are other people have too – so we’ll add it to the list!

What equipment is provided and do I have to pay to use it?

We supply all the technical equipment you’ll need for your course completely free of charge.  The detailed Joining Instructions you will receive after booking will include details on any clothing or other items you will need to bring along.

Do I need insurance?

We have professional indemnity insurance.  You may choose to take out insurance to cover you for things like cancellation or injury.

What if I have a specific requirement or want to learn things not offered on one of your courses?

That’s what we specialise in!  Just get in touch and we will endeavour to create a suitable option for you.

What about under 18s?

We welcome anyone 16 and above on to our first aid courses.

Will you give my details to other people?

All information supplied to us remains completely confidential and we will never pass it on to third parties.

What is the trainer to client ratio?

We have to work to set ratios on first aid courses.  In most cases this is 1:12.  If the course numbers go over 12 we may still run the course with an additional trainer.

What if I need to cancel a course booking?

If you cancel over 26 weeks in advance of a course start date we refund all the money you have paid us so far.  If you cancel within 26 weeks of a course start date you forfeit the deposit, but we refund any other money you may have paid.  If you cancel within 8 weeks of the course start date you forfeit the full amount unless we are able to resell your place.  Please refer to our Terms and Conditions page for more detailed information.  To cover this eventuality we recommend you may want to take out an insurance policy that covers cancellation. We do adhere strictly to this policy so please do ensure you are happy with these conditions before booking.

How do I book?

You can easily book any of our first aid courses through our website.  If this isn’t possible for you please do contact us by phone or email and we will be able to help.

What is the timings for courses?

Different first aid courses have different start and finish times. This will always be detailed on the Joining Instructions that are sent after booking. You can also find the timings for each course on the individual Course Syllabus page

What about transport arrangements?

We ask you to provide your own transport to and from venues and there will be detailed directions for your training venue on your Joining Instructions.  We are also very keen to encourage the use of public transport and can easily collect you from a local train station or bus stop if you are travelling to your course via public transport. Details of public transport options will be detailed on your Joining Instructions.

What about food arrangements?

We provide tea and coffee making facilities and there will be plenty of biscuits for you to enjoy. We can also make arrangements for any particular dietary requirements but ask that you let us know beforehand if this is required.  Please make your own arrangements for lunch and it is usually easiest to bring sandwiches (local shops are available close to each of our training venues).

How do you try to reduce your environmental impact?

We are passionate about protecting the natural environment.  Please take the time to read our Environment Page to find out more.

How fit do I need to be?

Our first aid courses are as practical as possible because we know you learn best by doing.  This means that each course will include a proportion of activity and participants need to be physically capable of demonstrating certain techniques.  If you have any doubts about whether you can manage this please speak to us in advance.

Do you need to know about medical conditions?

It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course.This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other particpants.

Accommodation Options


The Ramblers Rest, Millbridge, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WR

01433 620125

The Swiss House, How Lane, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WJ

01433 621098

The Cheshire Cheese Inn, Edale Rd, Hope, Derbyshire, S33 6ZF

01433 620381

Thorndene B and B, Hope Road, S33 6RU, England

01433 623743

The Plough Inn, Leadmill Bridge, Hathersage, S32 1BA

01433 650319

The Millstone Inn, Sheffield Road, Hathersage, S32 1DA

01433 650258



YHA Castleton, Losehill Hall, Castleton

0845 371 9628

YHA Hathersage, Castleton Rd, Hathersage, S32 1EH

0845 371 9021

YHA Edale, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 5QP

0845 371 9021



North Lees Campsite, Birley Lane, Hathersage, S33 1BR

01433 650838

Laneside Campsite, Hope, S33 6RR

01433 620215

Hardhurst Farm, Hope Valley, S33 6RB

Rowter Farm, Castleton, S33 8WA

01433 620271

Choosing Your First Aid Course

Choosing your first aid course can be tricky.  We have a flooded marketplace and every provider can easily create a glitzy website.  How do you know whether you are choosing wisely and does the training offered even meet your legal requirements?  Hopefully the following information will help your decision making.

Does the course meet your legal requirements?
In 2013 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) stopped issuing training licenses to first aid training companies.  Since then any business or individual selecting a provider has been required to carry out due diligence to ensure the provider meets their requirements.  The HSE can’t advise you on this, but it published a list of questions that you should be asking a potential provider.

We are always happy to answer your questions on this, but we thought we might be able to save everyone some time by listing the questions and our answers.  You can find those below.  Having said that, we can make your job even easier by saying that we meet all the HSE requirements for every first aid course we offer.

Do the trainers/assessors have a current First Aid at Work (FAW) certificate?
All our trainers have a current FAW certificated these are updated every 3 years.

Do the trainers/assessors have an appropriate training/assessing qualification?
All our trainers have a minimum of a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the lifelong Learning Sector) qualification.  Many have full teacher status.

Is there a documented quality assurance plan designating an individual to take responsibility for quality assurance, including assessment of the performance of trainers/assessors at least annually?
We have a Quality Assurance policy and this is a requirement of both the HSE and our Awarding Organisation.  All our trainers are required to be assessed both running first aid courses and verified as competent assessors.

Does the designated person have a current First Aid at Work (FAW) qualification?
Paul Lewis is the designated person and he holds a current FAW certificate.

Does the designated person have an assessing and verifying qualification?
Yes.  Paul holds full teacher status and is a qualified assessor.

Is there a documented course evaluation procedure?
All course candidates are asked to provide feedback on evaluation forms towards the end of all courses.

Is there a documented complaints procedure?
We have a clearly defined complaints procedure.

Is the course taught in accordance with current guidelines on adult basic life support published by the Resuscitation Council (UK), and for other aspects of first aid, in accordance with current guidelines published by the Voluntary Aid Societies?
The syllabus is taken from the relevant guidelines of the UK Resuscitation Council and Voluntary Aid Societies.

Does the course content adequately meet the needs of your workplace as indicated by your first-aid needs assessment?
The syllabus of each course is published on our website.  Additional topics can often be covered to tailor the course to your specific requirements, but please ask if this is possible in advance.

For FAW, does the syllabus include the topics in Appendix 1 and include at least 18 contact hours over 3 days?
Yes.  We meet all the standards laid down by the HSE.

For FAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics in Appendix 1 and include at least 12 contact hours over 2 days?
Yes.  We meet all the standards laid down by the HSE.

For Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 2 and last 6 contact hours?
Yes.  We meet all the standards laid down by the HSE.

For EFAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last at least 6 contact hours?
Yes.  We meet all the standards laid down by the HSE.

Do the certificates issued to students assessed as competent contain the name of the training organisation, the title of the qualification (eg FAW or EFAW), reference to the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, the date of issue and confirmation the certificate is valid for three years?
Yes.  All our certificates are produced by our awarding organisation.  ITC First Ltd is a recognised awarding organisation approved by OfQual and the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).

Can I take an Outdoor First Aid course rather than FAW course for my workplace setting?
We sometimes get asked what type of course you need.  We can advise individually on this, but the HSE states that should a business requires specialist first aid training they can take an appropriate course.  This is significant.  It means that, should you be best served by taking an Outdoor First Aid course rather than First Aid at Work, you can make that choice.

How can you know whether the course offered will be delivered to a high standard?
If you’ve followed the information above it should be relatively easy to work out whether your choice of course suits your legal requirements, but choosing a provider that will deliver a top quality course is likely to be harder.  Here are 10 reasons we know our courses are the best out there.

1. Trainers that walk the walk as well as talk the talk.  Our training team have a broad experience relevant to delivering first aid.  We have worked as teachers in schools and outdoor professionals operating all over the globe.  We understand the challenges of delivering effective first aid in real world situations.   

2. Our teaching and business practices are measured against stringent standards.  Being part of the ITC First family requires us to operate to the highest levels and these standards are measured against a stringent Internal and External Verification system.

3. We are a team of experienced educationalists and our courses are based on long standing and proven educational theory.  Our student centred learning methods ensure effective and engaging training.

4. The best way to learn is to do and the best way to do is as realistically as possible.  Our courses take the theory out of the classroom and provide opportunities for candidates to realistically apply knowledge and skills.

5. We love PowerPoint, but only when it genuinely aids the learner.  We focus on practical training and only use PowerPoint and other visual aids when it will be of proven benefit to course participants.

6. Casualty simulation is key to our learning strategy.  This makes treating casualties easier because it effectively prepares you for treating actual casualties.  All of our courses feature casualty simulation.

7. We want your learning to continue long after your course ends.  We send out regular updates on first aid developments and tips and tricks to ensure your skills stay current.

8. Clients that come back time after time.  Many of our course participants have been with us for 

9.  Don’t just take our word for it, read what some of our previous candidates think.  We use Trip Advisor for transparent and honest reviews. Our review page can be found here.

10. We are here for you.  We pride ourselves on our personalised service and strive to offer the very best advice.  If we don’t feel we can offer you the training you need we will be happy to tell you.  We will not sell you a course not suited to your needs.