First Aid for Outdoor Pursuits
Outdoor pursuits are generally fairly low risk activities particularly when done as part of a professionally led activity session. The risk that the participants are exposed to is largely perceived risk rather than actual risk. It is a widely held belief within the outdoor pursuits industry that participants staying at residential activity centre are actually more likely to sustain an injury whilst going about normal everyday tasks in the centre than they are whilst out on activities. Nevertheless, as with all industries, incidents can and do occur and workers within the outdoor pursuits sector need to be trained and prepared to deal with these situations.
A professional outdoor instructor typically must have the skills to deal with a wide range of injuries and illnesses when operating in areas remote from immediate emergency service intervention. The first aider can, in some cases, be required to look after a casualty for a number of hours before being relieved by ambulance crews or rescue teams. Individuals undertaking adventurous activities with friends or club members could also find themselves facing similar circumstances and it is therefore prudent for them to gain the necessary skills also.
The Outdoor First Aid course that we offer was designed from the outset for those working and playing in the outdoors and has been one of the leading qualifications for professional outdoor pursuits instructors for a number of years. It is also currently the only Outdoor Specific First Aid course that is externally regulated and meets the standards to appear upon a national qualifications framework.
NPTA is also a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and our courses exceed the standards laid down within their Outdoor First Aid Training Framework.