Who Should Attend

Expedition leaders, researchers working in remote locations, single person fieldwork in tropical, arctic and challenging environments and those undertaking outdoor pursuits. This qualification lasts for 3 years after which you should attend this course again to re-qualify.
During this 3 year period, it is highly recommended that you attend the course First Aid Refresher + AED to practise your skills at least 18 months before your qualification expires.

Essential Information

All participants must complete the pre-requisite e-learning prior to attendance. Log-in details will be sent from ‘Imperial Training’ as part of the Joining Instructions, 28 days prior to the course.
Attendance throughout the entire duration of the course is mandatory. At the tutor's discretion, participants who arrive late may not be allowed admission to this course
This course is a Level 3 qualification. Skills on the course are examined continuously by the trainer. Theoretical knowledge is tested by multiple choice set by the national body. Staff attending should have good English language skills in order to pass this exam. There will be competence-based assessment throughout and an examination at the end of the course. Participants should be physically able to take part in these sessions and dress appropriately.
It is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that they re-qualify before their Certificates expire.Expedition leaders will also want to consider the Royal Geographical Society website and especially the Off - Site Safety Management course, which should be funded locally.

Key Areas

  • Introduction, mountain rescue, mountain safety & survival
  • Scene assessment, communication & delegation, safety & hygiene
  • Primary survey-trauma/non-trauma (recovery position./immobilisation)
  • "Chain of survival" - CPR, resuscitation and relevance in the outdoors
  • Airway problems - choking and artificial airway fitting
  • First aid kits for work and the mountain environment
  • Shock - types, treatment and importance when help is delayed
  • Practical session on splinting using improvised splints, Sam splints and other commercially available splints
  • Practical sessions on spinal immobilisation and moving patients
  • Environmental problems: heat stress, hypothermia, altitude sickness