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Woodlore Emergency First Aider

Wilderness Emergency Medic Training

You don't have to be trekking in a wild corner of the globe to encounter the need for first aid knowledge. Indeed, it is far more likely that you will need to draw on them in your daily life, at home or in town shopping.

Taught from a wilderness perspective, where medical help is not always close at hand, learn highly adaptable, versatile and lifesaving skills. A fully immersive, hands on course that will arm you with the skills and knowledge to ensure you are prepared to help save a life wherever you may be.

Further Information

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts or anyone looking to gain or renew their EFAW qualification, this 2-day course provides a solid introduction to the application of first aid in the outdoors. The course deals with everyday hazards as well as those that we may face on expedition and uses exciting, scenario based training methods which immerse the participant in realistic, real life situations.

Raising awareness of risks and how to prevent incidents, this exciting and fast paced foundation course will help you to keep yourself and those in your care safe while enjoying the freedom of the outdoors wherever you may be.

Taking the Woodlore team's wilderness experience, we have joined forces with CIPHER Medical Consultancy Limited to provide the Emergency First Aider course. The CIPHER team are the people we use to train our own staff in First Aid and they bring a wealth of experience in military trauma treatment, pre-hospital care and first aid training.

You will learn a range of important and useful first aid techniques that will allow you to deal with minor scrapes to serious injuries and illnesses. Theoretical practice using realistic SIMBODIES and SIMINJURIES will be cemented by application in our infamous scenarios, ensuring that the knowledge of what to do in an emergency really sticks!

This course is built around the Emergency First Aid at Work syllabus and then expanded to include real time training scenarios designed to inoculate you to the stresses of dealing with an injury or illness at home, work or while travelling. On successful completion you will be awarded the QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work, recognised by any employer as the Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification (EFAW).

During this short course the EFAW must be formally assessed and will therefore include a short multi choice written paper and ongoing practical assessment throughout the course.

The Emergency First Aider course provides first aid training necessary for participation in various National Governing Body (NGB) awards such as Walking Group Leader Award, Mountain Leader Award (summer), Mountain Leader Award (winter), Single Pitch Award, MIA, MIC, BCU star tests, BASI and BOF.

Topics covered on the Emergency First Aider course include:

  • Effective first aid kits and equipment
  • Dealing with an unconscious casualty (adults and children)
  • The Primary and Secondary assessment of an unconscious casualty
  • Resuscitation of both adults and children
  • Dealing with a choking casualty
  • Dealing with a casualty who is bleeding
  • Dealing with burns
  • Management of breathing problems
  • Dealing with a casualty who has drowned
  • Environmental hazards and associated conditions
  • Managing various types of fractures

This course starts at 17:30 on Friday and will finish at 16:00 on Sunday.


All meals for this course will be provided, therefore if you have special dietary requirements please let us know on your consent form or contact the office.

Course Site

The Emergency First Aider course will take place at an expedition style camp in East Sussex, near to Uckfield.

We have a car park at the course site where your car will be kept during the course (if you bring one).

Other Details

Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.

Dates, Costs and Bookings

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Course Reviews

Woodlore Emergency First Aider is rated 5/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

All of our reviews are from people who have attended our courses.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 3

  Found this course very helpful and extremely engaging. The quality of teaching excellent and having the outdoor setting helped with the real world feel to the exercises. Rather than being stuck in a class room. I definitely would do another one of the courses Woodlore offers. The chilli was top notch as well.  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 3

  This course is one the best first aid courses I’ve ever been on. The knowledge and experience of the instructors was excellent and the scenarios were realistic and challenging. Couple that with it being delivered in the real world as opposed to a classroom environment, it immediately set itself apart. Thanks to Chris and Chris for your good grace in dealing with our constant questions and challenges. Also thanks to Dee and Callum for catering to our every need and making this possible from an admin point of view as well as keeping us very well fed. Sorry about your leg Callum I was trying to treat the fracture until one of my colleagues stepped on it. 😂 sign me up again in 3 years for the refresher.  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 3

  If you're interested in learning first aid this is definitely the way to do it. A weekend camp out in a beautiful Sussex woodland with a group of like-minded people and top quality instruction. The course material is presented with a real passion for saving lives and helping people and with just the right amount of humour to make it an enjoyable and effective learning experience in spite of the very serious subject matter. This is then reinforced with some, well-staged, realistic scenarios to help get the knowledge to stick and to get some idea of what a real life emergency may feel like. The result is, I've learnt more about first aid than I expected to, learnt a great deal about myself and how to manage myself to be effective in an emergency situation and had a great deal more fun than I thought possible on a first aid course.  


Rated: 5/5

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Frequently Asked Questions

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