December 24th, 2016

I attended Alan’s L4 REC course and was thoroughly happy with the course. As well as refreshing the basics in first aid the course explores illness and importantly for us altitude sickness. As outdoor business owners the information regarding British Standards was also very helpful and gave us insight as to how to improve the integrity of our business. Handouts and supporting material were excellent and I loved receiving a free book on wilderness medicine.

I can totally recommend Alan and the courses he delivers and will be back in future for additional training.

Thanks Alan


Dec. 24, 2016

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December 22nd, 2016

As our world gets smaller and more distant and remote areas become accessible to us we need to become aware of the hazards these places present before venturing to them.  We need to know how to try and prevent problems arising and what to do if,or when, problems do arise.  There is no substitute for experience or the voice of experience and there can be few more experienced than Alan Ward.
Alan has a relaxed but professional style of transferring his knowledge and skills to course participants through both practical and theoretical scenarios. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
The venue , Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer, set in the Brecon Beacons, is an excellent learning / teaching venue and compliments and aides the courses.

Andrew Williams ML

Dec. 23, 2016

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July 23rd/24th, 2016

“I recently attended an RGS OSSM Course, delivered by Alan Ward at Cardiff International White Water Centre. First & foremost, the venue was an ideal setting for such a course with both a nice relaxed delivery room overlooking the white water course and lots of outside space for break out sessions and reflection time.

The structure and content of the course allowed us time and opportunity to share our experiences as well as reflect and understand the RGS OSSM course aims:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of off-site safety management procedures and the ability to apply this to a range of different contexts.
  • To develop ability to plan, manage and evaluate off-site activities in order to ensure the safety of the participants.
  • To develop skills that are relevant to the workplace and which can be adapted to meet different circumstances
  • To encourage further study and promote the value of continuing professional development. 

These aims were certainly achieved, delivered in a very nice friendly engaging manner by Alan.”

Paul Donovan – International Mountain Leader

Sep. 4, 2016

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July 23rd/24th, 2016

I have just completed the BS 8848:2014 Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom. Alan provided a well planned and slick delivery. The content had plenty of real life examples that were extremely thought provoking.

Kev Sidford FRGS & International Mountain Leader

Aug. 31, 2016

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July 23rd, 2016

When I trained as a First Aid instructor I approached Alan to shadow his courses. Like many people in the outdoor and mountaineering community, I knew Alan to be one of the best First Aid trainers in the country. He has a detailed knowledge of everything first aid related backed up by his solid skills as a presenter and communicator. His vast experience as an expedition leader gives everything a special relevance for those working in the outdoors.

Alan works very hard to stay current in his own field and to expand his own professional knowledge.

To pass my own first aid teaching assessment I tried to meet the high standards that Alan has shown me and I think a large part of my own practice will draw upon the best practice that he’s shown me.

Ian Spare
Communications Director
British Association of International Mountain Leaders

Aug. 1, 2016

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REC L2 First Aid:

Perfectly pitched, well delivered, entertaining, informative and highly professional

Vernon Authers Senior Instructor – ProActive Adventures – Jun. 14, 2016

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REC L2 First Aid:

I have been working in the outdoor industry for 25 years and have done my fair share of these courses. Alan’s course that I recently attended in the Brecon Beacons was, without a doubt the best I have been on. It was well managed, interesting to be on, good delivery of information in a number of ways and lots of fun – and with limitless chocolate biscuits. I recommend his courses and hope to work with him again.

Danny Brown Physiotherapist and Climbing Coach – Mar. 13, 2016

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Many thanks to Alan from Bigfoot Services Limited for his great idea of arranging the donation of CPR manikins from the British Heart Foundation to Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, and for sorting everything out. The team used the two new manikins at training this week, when a technical exercise outside the Base was interrupted by a report of two cardiac arrests inside our vehicle bay. Team members were diverted to deal with this ’emergency’, and continued CPR until virtual ambulances arrived. Both ‘casualties’ survived 😉 The exercise highlighted the importance of everyone knowing their CPR and the importance of regular training, so this kind donation is of huge benefit to the team. Thank you!

Kate Gilliver Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team – Jan. 31, 2016

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