A 4 hour course. The High Altitude First Aid course is designed to complement the REC L2 Emergency Outdoor First Aid course for those travelling to higher altitudes. Topic learning and practical demonstration with the Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) are included in this course.

First aid training with the REC scheme is easy and fun. The course is progressive by building on each session and includes:

  • What is High Altitude Sickness
  • Forms of High Altitude Sickness
  • High Altitude: Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
  • High Altitude: Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
  • High Altitude: Cerebral Edema (HACE)
  • Diamox & Dexamethasone Use and Dosage
  • Altitude Oxygen
  • Hyperbaric Chamber (PAC)

The Candidates will gain knowledge and experience of the first steps in first aid which might be required at higher altitudes.

The Qualification

The High Altitude first aid course is certified for three years


I took part in the REC HIGH ALTITUDE FIRST AID course led by Alan and found it both very interesting and informative. The style of Alan’s teaching is casual, friendly and makes asking questions easy. Many of the areas covered were presented as discussions and those attending were encouraged to share experiences of their own. Overall the experience was very enjoyable!

Joseph Craig
September, 2017