Will4Adventure is a provider of Immediate Temporary Care (ITC) first aid courses offering a selection of excellent hands-on first aid training that will take you from the office to the wilderness. All our courses now include latest guidelines on use of tourniquets, haemostatic dressings and use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). In addition our courses:

  • are Ofqual / SQA accredited & meet HSE standards for due diligence for first aid providers (see below)
  • have discounts available for early bookings
2 day ITC Outdoor First Aid (OFA)
fully accredited course run by outdoor professionals

“I have attended a fair few first aid courses and this was by far the best one.” Beth Brierly, Losehill Hall

“Best 1st aid course I’ve ever been on – excellent balance between instruction, demonstration and “hands-on” practice…” Jim Marriott – Peak District warden and former teacher

These 2 day ITC outdoor first aid courses offer wilderness first aid training ideal for outdoor leaders, Duke of Edinburgh Award participants and leaders, teachers, field scientists, archaeologists, field engineers and outdoor enthusiasts alike taking you through the skills essential for rescue and emergency care in the wilderness. Additionally if you need an outdoor first aid course to revalidate your NGB award (eg MIC, MIA, Mountain Leader, SPA, WGL, BCU, BASI ski instructor, Mountain Bike Leader, Local Cave and Mine Leader etc) then these SQA accredited courses are for you.

Outdoor First Aid 16 hours (2 days) programme

    • Safe best practice
    • A systematic approach to incident management in the outdoors
    • Unconsciousness, causes and treatment
    • External bleeding, internal bleeding and shock
    • Resuscitation procedures including CPR, AED use and choking
    • Awareness of current regulations
    • Injury management outdoors
    • Illness recognition and management
    • Managing thermal (heat, cold) problems
    • Incident management scenarios

Price: £120
Note discounts for early bookings:
8 weeks or more 25% discount = £90
6 weeks or more 15% discount = £102
4 weeks or more 10% discount = £108

Add £12 if in addition you wish to be assessed for and certificated for Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) on the same course.

Course fee includes first aid manual and first aid certificate valid for three years.

Package

    • Interactive hands on practical training indoors and out
    • Use of recommended first aid kit
    • Easy to follow individual course booklet
    • An accredited, recognised certificate valid for 3 years

Location

    • All dates listed are for courses run in Sheffield Awesome Walls and the Peak District (Youlegreave DE45 1WN)
    • If the Peak District or Sheffield is not suitable for you then please email us with your location requirements

Course dates

  • 1st / 2nd April 2017 – Peak District, Youlgrave
  • 6th / 7th May 2017 – Peak District, Youlgrave
  • 10th / 11th May 2017 – Sheffield – Awesome Walls
  • 13th / 14th June 2017 – Sheffield – Awesome Walls
  • 17 / 18th June 2017 – Peak District, Youlgrave
  • 27th / 28th June 2017 – Sheffield – Awesome Walls
  • 11th / 12th July 2017 – Sheffield – Awesome Walls
  • 15th / 16th July 2017 – Peak District, Youlgrave
  • 12th / 13th August 2017 – Peak District, Youlgrave
  • 12th / 13th September 2017 – Sheffield – Awesome Walls
  • 16th / 17th September 2017 – Peak District, Youlgrave
  • 17th / 18th October 2017 – Sheffield – Awesome Walls
  • 21st / 22nd October 2017 – Peak District, Youlgrave
  • More to follow

These dates not convenient for you? Email us and we’ll see what we can arrange!

Outdoor courses in Scotland

Please note that we don’t have any of our own courses running in Scotland but if you’re north of the border then we highly recommend that you check out our friends at Outdoor First Aid Ltd who run courses regularly throughout the region.

1 day Outdoor First Aid Emergency Action

You’re on the hill in a remote environment with a team of friends on a cold, wet and windy day. One of them breaks their ankle … Can you manage your casualty, and team and organise a rescue?

This course covers the essentials of managing immediate, potentially life threatening incidents in a systematic manner. Ideal for anyone who may be required to take charge at an incident or for someone who wishes to be confident assisting a leader. This one day (8 hour) course is particularly suitable for DofE students and anyone who wishes to be a safer pair of hands in the wilderness environment of the UK. This course is day 1 of our 2 day outdoor first aid course. Successful candidates will be awarded the Emergency First Aid at Work certificate with a supporting letter stating that the qualification was earned as part of an 8 hour course set within the wilderness context.

Price: £75

Course fee includes first aid manual and first aid certificate valid for three years.

Package

    • Interactive hands on practical training indoors and out
    • Use of recommended first aid kit
    • Easy to follow individual course booklet
    • An accredited, recognised certificate valid for 3 years

Nb Following this course you will receive an Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificate with an accompanying letter explaining that this was part of a wider 8 hour outdoor course.

Location

    • All dates listed are for courses run in Sheffield and the Peak District (Youlegreave)
    • If the Peak District is not suitable for you then please email us with your location requirements

Course dates

    • These courses run on the first day of our two day OFA courses. See above.

These dates not suitable for you? Email us and we’ll see what we can arrange!


Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

The SQA/Ofqual regulated Emergency First Aid at Work is perfect for schools and offices.

“This is the third time I have done a first aid course. I was worried I would find today boring but this was not the case. I also feel I might remember the content more for unconscious people due to how we built up the procedure. Many thanks.” Mary Garside – Teacher

You’re the last person leaving the office and as you stroll along the corridor you see a colleague collapsed and unconscious on the floor. What do you do now?

With widespread ownership of mobile phones, ever faster ambulance response times and a reduction of heavy (machine based) industry this six hour course is all that most people will ever need. The course is designed to give you the skills to manage a casualty for those vital 10 minutes it could take before the paramedics emergency services arrive.

EFAW 6-hour programme
On completion of training, successful candidates should be able to …

    • Understand the role of the first aider including reference to:
        • the importance of preventing cross infection;
        • the need for recording incidents and actions;
        • use of available equipment;
    • Assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
    • Administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure);
    • Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR;
    • Familiarisation and practice with an AED;
    • Administer first aid to a casualty who is choking;
    • Administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding;
    • Administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock;

Provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters).

This qualification has been available to employers to meet their statutory obligations since October 1, 2009.

Booking: We offer this course to schools and corporate clients on agreed dates to suit you. Please contact us for further details.

Package

    • Interactive hands on practical training
    • Use of recommended first aid kit
    • Easy to follow individual course manual
    • An accredited, recognised certificate valid for 3 years


Group Rates

Course Price for up to 12 Price for up to 24
Emergency First Aid at Work £480 £800
Outdoor First Aid (2 day) £990 £1800
Outdoor First Aid (1 day) £520 £1008
Outdoor First Aid refresher (1 day) £200 £360

Group rates include a first aid manual and first aid certificate (valid for three years) for all participants.

In-house courses
If you have a group of six or more staff to train, then our in-house option may the most cost-effective option for you. We can deliver any one of our portfolio of courses – right on your own premises. For some locations we may need to add a small fee for travel and accommodation expenses.

Benefits of in-house training include

    • You can choose the training dates which suit you
    • There is less “lost” travel time and your employees will benefit from a familiar learning environment
    • We can offer volume discounts based on your annual expenditure
    • There are no additional costs, such as travel or subsistence
    • You can take advantage of advanced scheduling of your training dates


Why choose Will4Adventure for your first aid training?

Will4Adventure is primarily an outdoors organisation taking people rock climbing, leading people on walks, treks, and expeditions to all corners of the world … and three of our team are ex-forces personnel who have had to deal with battle casualties for real whilst on operations: it’s fair to say that over the years we’ve seen a bit of first aid first hand. This means that as well as being first aid trainers, first we are first aiders – with a lot of practical experience.

We are an ITC centre, and as such you can be assured that our trainers are some of the best within the industry. Our qualifications are based upon a rigorous system of training, experience and assessment: we know what we are talking about! All our trainers have to maintain a training log, we have to engage in a minimum of CPD each year, and we have to be re-assessed as a trainer/assessor every 12 months keeping our training and assessment methods up to date and accountable.

As if that wasn’t enough … our courses are all on the Ofqual/SQA framework*. This means that both our training and assessment methods are annually scrutinized, internally and externally, ensuring a quality of first aid training that is probably at the cutting edge within the first aid sector. And finally, all Will4Adventure trainers and leaders are nice people, patient and supportive – hence our first aid training is well received offering fun as well as realistic courses!

(* FE institutions can apply for funding to cover these courses: Level 2 certificates are suitable for people 16 and over. As these courses are on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), reference L/500/4376, you may be eligible for Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funding to cover the whole cost of the course).

Scottish Qualification Authority Accreditation
ITC Providers deliver the ONLY Outdoor First Aid qualification that is externally regulated by national qualification regulators and meets the standards to appear on a national qualifications register. In turn our courses are recognised as being suitable for BASI ski leaders/instructors and for members of the BCU. Note: these courses are valid throughout the UK.

What does this mean?
It means that when you do our Outdoor First Aid course you can walk away with two qualifications: The Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid for Outdoor Incident Management. No other provider can offer you this. (nb If you require both certificates we will charge an extra £10).

So what?
Traditionally Outdoor First Aid certificates are not recognised in the work-place (even though they are just as relevant). Now with these courses they can be – so perhaps your employer might be interested in meeting the cost of this training that you are undertaking in your own time allowing you to get first aid training free of charge!

Which Course?

For different organisations and individuals the requirements you have for first aid training will vary. The needs of a mountain leader will differ to those of an employer in a call centre. Look through the following guidelines provided by the HSE to help you prepare your risk assessment and make an informed decision as to which of our courses is right for you.

HSE FAQ

HSE First Aid at Work Regulations 1981

Five Steps to Risk Assessment

Still not sure what course is right for you? Give us a call 0779-186-0163


HSE Due Diligence questions

Since 1st October 2013, the HSE has stopped issuing ‘training numbers’, to first aid training companies. This now means that the business or individual which contracts a First Aid Training Company is required to carry out due diligence on that Training Provider.

Although the HSE cannot advise you on this, it has published a list of questions that you should be asking of the provider – Selecting a first-aid training provider.

To save time, we have the questions here, along with our answers! Will4Adventure meets these HSE requirements for all of our First Aid training courses. Additionally the HSE now states that if a business requires specialist first aid training they can take an appropriate course such as an Outdoor First Aid course instead of the First Aid at Work course.

Should you still have questions about our accreditation please contact us.

Trainers / Assessors
Do the trainers/assessors have a current FAW certificate? Yes, all our Trainers have current FAW certificates. These are updated every 3 years.
Do the trainers/assessors have an appropriate 

training/assessing qualification?

Yes, all Trainers have a minimum of a PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the lifelong Learning Sector) qualification. Although many like our Director have full teacher status.
Quality Assurance
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? Yes, there is a QA plan. All our trainers are required to be assessed running first aid courses and verified as competent assessors. This is a requirement of both the HSE and Awarding Organisations.
Does the designated person have a current FAW certificate? Yes, William Legon is the designated person and he holds a current FAW Certificate.
Does the designated person have an assessing/verifying qualification? Yes, William Legon holds full teacher status and is also a qualified assessor and for many years a member of the Institute of Outdoor learning.
Is there a documented course evaluation procedure? Yes, all course candidates are asked to provide feedback on evaluation forms towards the end of all courses.
Is there a documented complaints procedure? Yes, within the Quality Plan there is a defined complaints procedure.
Teaching currently accepted first-aid practice
Is FAW/EFAW 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? Yes, the syllabus is taken from the relevant guidelines of UK Resuscitation Council & VAC’s. Candidate numbers are limited to 12 per course unless additional trainers are used.

Candidates of all abilities are welcome and adjustments made where necessary – although at assessment time, all candidates, regardless of ability or disability are required to reach the appropriate standard to pass.

Training syllabus
Does the course content adequately meet the needs of your workplace as indicated by your first-aid needs assessment? The exact contents of the courses are published on the website. Should you require additional topics to be covered this can be arranged in consultation with us, additionally trainers will also discuss specific needs for candidates at the start of every course
For FAW, does the syllabus include the topics in Appendix 1 & does the course include at least 18 contact hours, over 3 days? Yes, See above answer. We meet all the standards laid down by the HSE.
For FAW requalification, does the syllabus include the topics in Appendix 1 & does the course last at least 12 contact hours, over 2 days? Yes, See above answer. We meet all the standards laid down by the HSE.
For EFAW, does the syllabus include the topics listed in Appendix 2 and does the course last 6 contact hours? Yes, See above answer. 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, See above answer. We meet all the standards laid down by the HSE.
Certificates
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

First Aid Kits

Depending on your role, experience, training and where you are will have varying influences on what you carry in your first aid kit. In general you should consider the following items in any first aid kit:

    • Protective gloves
    • Face-shield for CPR
    • Plasters
    • Sterile dressings
    • Triangular bandages
    • Aspirin
First aid kit for day walks in the UK

A key difference here is that exposure to the environment can be the most dangerous factor affecting your health and safety. Also it is presumed here that you will be in a remote environment away from shelter. First aid training is also advised for anyone that enjoys time in the outdoors.

1 x half roll mat
1 x bivi bag / group shelter
2m of Gaffa tape rolled around a water bottle
1 x mobile phone (kept inside a plastic wallet)
2 x protective gloves
2 x sterile dressings
2 x packs of steri-strips
1 x tick removal tool
1 x crepe bandage
1 x sam splint
10 x plasters
1 x blister kit – eg Compede
3 x triangular bandages
1 x packet of ibuprofen
4 x aspirin tablets
1 x packet of paracetomol
1 x pencil and paper
1 x tweezers
1 x scissors
1 x casualty card

It is cheapest to buy these as individual items from the chemists / pharmacy and seal safely in a plastic lunch box. A few online suppliers worth looking at are listed below:

Calling for help

If you ever need to call out for a rescue in the mountains of the UK remember to call 999 and to ask for the police. When you get through to the police you will need to ask them to coordinate a mountain rescue team to come to your aid. A handy app to have on your smart phone is OS Locate which can provide you with a six figure grid reference even when there is little or no phone signal. And if you register your phone with the emergency services then you can also text 999 in an emergency when there is little signal and calling won’t work. Further information can be read in our article What to do in an Emergency Outdoors.

Peak District Accommodation – Youlegrave

While accommodation is not included in the price of our first aid courses Youlegrave has it all to suit all levels of comfort and budget – from campsites and barns to youth hostels and B&B’s.

Camping

Church Farm
Conksbury Lane
Youlegreave
DE45 1WR
Tel: 01629 636111

Hopping Lane,
Youlegrave,
DE45 1NA
01629 636555

Also – a cheap, rough and ready camp site exists behind the George Hotel – turn up and enquire on the day.

YHA

Fountain Square,
Youlegreave,
Derbyshire,
DE45 1UR
Phone: 01629 637518
youlgreave@yha.org.uk

B&B

The George Hotel
Main Street
Youlgrave
Bakewell
Derbyshire
DE45 1UW
01629 636292

The Old Bakery
Church Street,
Youlegrave,
Derbyshire,
DE45 1UR
Tel: 01629 636887

The Farmyard Inn
Main Street
Youlgrave
Derbyshire, DE45 1UW
Tel: 01629 636 221

Bulls Head Hotel
Fountain Square,
Youlegreave,
Derbyshire,
DE45 1UR
Tel:01629 636307

Meadow Cottage
Holywell Lane
Youlegreave,
Derbyshire,
DE45 1UT
Tel: 01629 63652

Further options / information can be found here.

Funding for courses for MoD personnel

Standard Learning Credits (SLC)
Every member of the services is entitled to £175 per year to put towards the cost of personal development courses. All of our courses qualify for this funding support for MOD staff members. These training courses lead to civilian-recognised qualifications.

Army

Entitled service personnel are eligible to claim 80% of fees, up to a maximum of £175 per year, towards the cost of personal development courses. SLC and IRTC can be used together for resettlement courses in accordance with the DIN.

Talk to:
Single Service Representative (SSR)
Education Centre ETS Officers

Royal Navy

Everyone in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines has the opportunity to study for extra qualifications regardless of their rank. Generous levels of financial support are available for external training, whether directly relevant to the Royal Navy or not, all Naval personnel can claim up to £175 per year, for all kinds of training courses.

Talk to:
Resettlement Information Officer (NRIO)
Education & Resettlement Officer (ERO)
Fleet Education Officer (FEdO)

RAF

The Standard Learning Credit (SLC) Scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs. You are able to claim 80% of your course fees up to a maximum of £175 per Financial Year.
To qualify for SLC funding, the course of study must lead to a nationally recognised qualification, have substantial developmental value and directly benefit the Service.

Talk to:

Personal Learning Adviser (PLA)

Immediate Temporary Care

Will4Adventure is a provider of Immediate Temporary Care (ITC) first aid courses. ITC First Ltd is a recognised awarding organisation approved by OfQual and the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).