November 30th/December 1st in the Brecon Beacons National Park


This course is delivered by Alan Ward (International Mountain Leader) who has extensive travel and high altitude experience and is a Senior Trainer with Rescue Emergency Care (REC)

This course was categorized as an advanced Level 5 course by Rescue Emergency Care (REC) but in 2018, REC decided to do away with numerical categories because of confusion in the First Aid Training sector.

An introduction to BS8848:2014 is included in this course as well as some preventative advice which might reduce incidents, accidents and near misses during travel.

A two day course (16 hours). The Travel and 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

In-depth review of emergency care topics

Advanced techniques • skills • development

Review of special interest topics submitted by the candidates (in advance) which might include: Drowning, “Leave No Trace”, etc. This can be of any subject related to travel and expeditions or even a discussion about an intended destination.

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 (using thermometers, pulse oxymeters and blood pressure monitors),  • fluids • stretcher (available during the course) • splints (including traction splints) • pain control
  • Illness: chest pain • stroke • asthma • epilepsy • diabetes • poisons • hyperventilation • mental
  • Scenarios: triage • incident management • emergency plans • casualty record cards (supplied to participants)
  • Travel: dislocations • wound management • tropical diseases • gastric illnesses • altitude (including practical use of Portable Altitude Chambers – PAC)

    The Assessment
  • Travel first aid is assessed by observation of practical skills throughout the course and written assignments and a 5 minute presentation for which candidates will be advised of in the Joining Instructions. This will be delivered on the morning of Day 2.

The Candidates

  • All lay candidates will have completed an appropriate outdoor Emergency First Aid course (16hrs) or have evidence of prior appropriate training.
  • 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
Categories: REC FIRST AID