Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher

Do you feel that your first aid skills are a little rusty? Feel that you would benefit from refreshing your skills through outdoor first aid scenarios? Does your employer require you to complete an annual refresher as recommended by the HSE? Then this six-hour Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher is perfect for you!

Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher Course

You will sharpen your practical outdoor first aid skills, on this one day, six-hour course. Over the course of the day, you will revise CPR, the recovery position, shock and bleeding. You’ll also take part in several realistic scenarios, designed to increase your confidence when dealing with casualties and emergencies. At the end of these scenarios, you’ll receive a detailed debrief, and you’ll also learn of the importance of keeping accurate records. You must have a current and valid outdoor first aid course to attend this course.

Will this course extend my 16-hour outdoor first aid certificate?

This course does not extend the validity of your existing outdoor first aid qualification. You will still need to renew this within the three years listed on your 16-hour certificate. However, this course is an excellent CPD opportunity, concentrating on further practical based scenarios.

You may wonder why you should book onto the Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher course? Well, further or more detailed scenarios are the most commonly requested feature in the feedback gathered from candidates on our 16-hour outdoor first aid courses. This course allows you to have further experience of practical scenarios, helping to keep your skills sharp. This course is particularly useful if you don’t use your first aid skills particularly often.

Activity and Environment specific course

We offer three variations of the outdoor first aid annual refresher course. You should choose the course that best fits your needs and requirements. Each course will have the same basic content, however the scenarios will vary.

Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher- This is ideal if you are a multi-activity instructor, Mountain Leader or rarely have remote overnight trips with groups and clients.

Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher (Water-based)- the scenarios in this course are all water-based. You’ll definitely need a drysuit or wetsuit! Please note that this course is a revision of first aid and casualty management in a water-based environment. It does not teach suitable extraction methods, and as such, you should have completed a Foundation Safety and Rescue course, or appropriate White Water Safety Course.

Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher (Night-based)- this course is perfect if you regularly have remote overnight trips with your groups or clients. This is perfect if you are a DofE Leader. The scenarios on this course will take place in the night. This course can be delivered in one session, starting late afternoon, or in two evening sessions.

Is the course accredited?

Yes, it is! Our one-day outdoor first aid annual refresher is accredited by Qualifications Network UK and is valid for twelve months. Upon successfully completing this course you will be awarded the QNUK Level 3 Award in First Aid (Annual Refresher) (RQF), you will also receive an Adventure Academy certificate of CPD, reflecting the scenario-based learning that you have taken part in.

Course Assessment

During the course, you will undergo continuous formative assessment. After each scenario, you will receive formative feedback and will reflect on your performance. At the end of the course, you will receive summative feedback from your tutor.

Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher Course

To be awarded the QNUK Level 3 Award in First Aid Annual Refresher (RQF), you will complete a practical assessment of your ability to manage a breathing unconscious casualty competently, perform CPR, manage a casualty suffering from hypovolemic shock and manage a bleeding wound.

Who will my trainer be?

Our outdoor first aid courses are all delivered by outdoor professionals who work across the outdoor industry. So your trainer will hold an advanced outdoor first aid certificate and education qualifications. In addition to this, our trainers are active in the outdoor industry. Meaning that they have lots of real-life experience dealing with first aid incidents.

What will I need to bring?

On the outdoor first aid annual refresher course, you will spend a lot of time outdoors! It’s essential that you have enough warm layers. When you are stationary managing casualties in outdoor first aid scenarios, it can get very cold. These scenarios can last for upwards of thirty minutes. You must have enough, warm layers.

If you have booked onto one of our environmental courses (the night scenario course or the water-based scenario course) you may require additional equipment. This will be specified at the time of the booking.

Is this course right for me?

You need to have a current and valid first aid certificate with an outdoor element to attend this course. If you don’t have a suitable certificate, then have a look at our outdoor first aid course, forest school first aid, emergency first aid at work + F, or first aid at work + F courses.

If you are looking to attend a more advanced outdoor first aid course or first responder course, then this is a perfect stepping stone.


Once you have completed this course, you may be looking to develop your skills and knowledge further. We have several courses which may be of interest. On our External Haemorrhage Control- A Stepwise Approach course, you will learn more about managing catastrophic bleeds. Including the use of tourniquets and haemostatic dressings such as Celox. On our upcoming Advanced Outdoor First Aid, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of first aid, and learn new skills and techniques.

You may also be interested in our Administration of Medical Gases or Administration of Oxygen courses. On these courses, you will learn about medical gasses, including oxygen and Entonox®.

Outdoor First Aid Annual Refresher Syllabus

  • How to conduct a scene survey
  • Perform a primary survey of a casualty
  • How and when to summon help
  • Identify when to administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to a casualty
  • Perform CPR on a manikin
  • Identify when to place a casualty into the recovery position
  • demonstrate how to place a casualty into the recovery position
  • How to manage a casualty who is experiencing a seizure
  • Control an external bleed
  • recognise a casualty who is suffering from shock
  • manage a casualty suffering from shock

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