June 2nd/3rd – places available on this course run by Alan Ward (International Mountain Leader) with relevant training for anyone heading overseas and to higher altitudes. This is one of the few courses in the UK where a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) is available.

A two day course (16 hours). The Travel & Expedition First Aid course is designed to introduce a systematic way of advanced first aid for managing casualties. Topic learning and practicals intermixed with scenarios of real situations. The course includes:

  • Development of skills gained at emergency level (Theory on Day 1 + Practical Scenarios on Day 2)
  • In-depth review of emergency care topics
  • Advanced techniques • skills • development
  • Review of special interest topics by the candidates which should be requested in advance

The Content

First aid training with the REC scheme is easy and fun. The course is progressive by building on each session, introducing new scenarios to test all techniques for:

  • Environment: hazards • cold • heat • chemicals • poisons • light • toxic substances
  • Escort: vital signs • psychological • monitor • fluids • stretcher • splints • pain


  • Illness: chest pain • stroke • asthma • epilepsy • diabetes • poisons •

hyperventilation • mental

  • Scenarios: triage • incident management • emergency plans • action cards
  • Travel: dislocations • wound management • tropical diseases • gastric

illnesses • altitude + pac

The Assessment

  • Travel first aid is assessed by observation of practical skills throughout the course and written assignments

The Candidates

  • All lay candidates will have completed a L2 or similar course previously
  • Will be able to take control of an incident and direct standard First Aiders
  • Will be able to deal with more complex problems and use advanced methods

The Qualification

  • The Travel & Expedition First Aid course is certified for three years