Things I learnt on an Outdoors First Aid Course and didn’t expect to!

You’ll know from another post that I went on an Outdoors First Aid course and it is fair to say that I learnt far more than I had expected to on a first aid course:


In an urban environment then the natural reaction, if someone was injured, would probably be to dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. If you are on a mountain you need to dial 999/112 and ask for the police and mountain rescue. Ask for an ambulance and all they will do is go to the bottom of the mountain!



If a diabetic is having a hypo then they are suffering from low sugar and they should be given something sugary to drink but as was pointed out on the course a lot of energy drinks(including Lucozade) have reduced or no sugar in them. So you need to consider what else you could give them.



Carry soluble aspirin at all times(not just in the outdoors) as giving aspirin to a person having a heart attack significantly increases their chances of survival. If you do they should chew it as it enters into the blood stream quicker via the gums. You can also get an ASPOD to store them in so you are never without them.


If a person is unconscious and not breathing you need to administer CPR and if possible use a defibrillator(AED). For most people doing either is probably a challenge but the course will give you the confidence to do both.

However, did you know that there are publicly accessible defibrillator machines, for example there is one in the café at the top of Snowdon. I certainly didn’t but maybe next time when going on a walk you should check where the nearest one is, which you can do through a number of sites including and


If you are regularly in the outdoors then there is every chance that you will get bitten by a tick. On the whole they are harmless but there is the risk of being infected with Lyme disease and you will learn on the course how to identify the symptoms and you will be able to buy a tick remover at the course.


The course is more than just about first aid and perhaps one of the things that is stressed throughout the course is the need to communicate and that can be with the injured person, others at the scene of the accident and most importantly the emergency services.

The course has so many useful tips that go beyond just pure first aid. I would never have considered that you should print a casualty report form on waterproof paper, in fact I hadn’t considered that you could get waterproof paper!

I had never considered that there were Canine First Aid courses, but having seen the number of people going up Snowdon and other mountains with dogs I am not surprised that they get injured and need help.

I also didn’t know that if you had an iPhone that you could store an emergency contact so that it was accessible from the lock screen.

Without a doubt if Carling did First Aid Courses it would look incredibly like Outdoor First Aid by Active First Aid!






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