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REC Emergency First Aid

Course Overview

A practical two day first aid course designed for people who work in the outdoors or who use the outdoors for pleasure. The course is suitable first aid training for Teachers, Outdoor Instructors, Climbers and Canoeists alike. It is recognised as the minimum first aid qualification for MTUK, ML Summer and Winter Awards, Single Pitch Supervisors Award, RYA, BCU, BASI, ASSI, BOF, and by most other Governing Bodies. Practical first aid scenarios play a big part in this course, including dealing with multiple casualty situations.

Experience Required

No previous first aid experience required.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

All first aid training at Plas y Brenin is provided through Rescue and Emergency Care (REC).

REC is an HSE approved national organisation qualifying outdoor professionals and interested parties to provide emergency training to HSE standards. The emphasis is always on practical skills and enjoyment.

Plas y Brenin has first class facilities for First Aid Training.

  • Excellent lecture room facilities

  • A variety of environments for practical sessions

  • Full mountain and water rescue equipment

  • Experienced and qualified staff

  • Resusci-Annie CPR mannequins – giving high ratio practice of CPR protocols.

  • A variety of Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) training devices

Plas y Brenin can also provide special emergency care courses for groups, specifically tailored to your needs, from a few hours to one week. We can cater for most specialist needs.

REC Emergency First Aid – two days

No previous training is required for this course.

It is the minimum level of First Aid training recognised by the MLTUK, BCU, BASI, ASSI, BOF and most other governing bodies.


  • Vital Signs

  • Emergency Action

  • Airway Management

  • Unconsciousness

  • Choking

  • Drowning

  • Bleeding

  • Breathing

  • Rescue Breathing & CPR

  • Shock

  • Fractures & Dislocations

  • Spinal Injury

  • Casualty Handling

  • Triage

  • Common Illness

  • Problems from Heat and Cold

Continuous Assessment takes place during this course, there is no written exam.

This course is certified as REC Emergency First Aid at Work and is valid for 3 years

PLEASE NOTE: All First Aid courses commence at 9am on the first date listed for your course in the brochure. If residential, you should arrive the night before the course commences. Please look very carefully at the dates on your confirmation letter as courses often start on Fridays, Thursdays and Mondays, as well as Saturdays! If you miss part of your course, you may not be eligible for a First Aid certificate. Thank you.

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Course Workbook & documentation
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.

If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.

If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Please bring with you:

  • Pen and paper (you will be provided with a course book)

  • Warm outdoor clothing, robust footwear (e.g. walking boots, wellies etc.) and waterproofs as the course will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor scenario's and sessions.

Customer Reviews For This Course

Outdoor First Aid

Joanne Parker

The REC Emergency First Aid was everything I expected to be, a mix of outdoor scenarios and indoor teaching whilst in a friendly and supportive environment.
A range of topics were covered, from heart attacks to moving a casualty safely the information given was informative and memorable. The instructor, Mike, knew his stuff! From experience, shared knowledge and training others he was approachable and put everyone at ease.

I feel a lot more confident taking groups out on the hillside knowing that I now have the knowledge of what to do should an emergency occur. I would highly recommend this course and Plas-y-Brenin itself to anyone interested in staying safe outdoors. Five stars.

Good balance of theory and practice

Robin Stratford

The course was a good balance of theory and practice. The theory was backed up by real examples experienced by the course tutor.

Throughout the emphasis was on real practical things you could do with realistic expectations of outcomes.

Humour kept the more serious outcomes of First Aid in a positive and realistic framework.

I came away from the course with a more positive attitude towards helping people and far more prepared to have a go at helping injured people.

A very well run and enjoyable course.

At last, confident on first aid


Completed the REC Emergency Aid course this weekend and apart from thoroughly enjoying the weekend with a great bunch of people I really gained a confidence with first aid that I have not acheived before from toher courses. Well presented with loads of anecdotes and practicals and great tips an improvisations for fist aid in the mountains.

Everything you need to know, nothing you dont!

Chris Hillidge

As usual with a PYB course all the content was strictly related to real life situations and how to deal with them. No marks lost for incorrect use of safety pins etc as it can be on some First Aid courses.
Told us what to carry in a useful mountain first aid kit and what might be useful to keep a party of kids happy too!
Overall a great course, just hope I dont have to use any of it!

Great Course

ron wellbrook

Enough said

Great practical course

Chris Donnelly

This is the first time that I have done this course. However, this wasn't the case for some of the other nine participants and topics were covered at brisk revision speed which left me struggling at times to take everything in. Thus, although it says there are no course prerequisites, its probably best to have some previous basic first-aid knowledge before attending. Compared with other courses I've attended, theory was kept to the minimum necessary and emphasis placed on practical sessions, including outdoor scenarios which were particularly useful for bringing out the difficulties of coping with fully clothed casualties on uneven terrain in very cold weather. I also picked up a lot of useful tips on specialist equipment and how to modify standard kit for emergency use. Time never seemed to drag (I really appreciated the fact that there was one CPR practice dummy between two). After the course I feel more comfortable about handling an emergency in a remote location.

The accommodation was excellent, food was good and all the staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly, in short: excellent value and a very enjoyable weekend. Many thanks to everyone at Plas y Brenin.

Extremely informative

Janet Bright

The course was extremely informative and very interesting, this is mostly down to the instructor being so knowledgeable, experienced in the field and having lots of accounts to illustrate the situations we were discussing. The role play/practical elements were very useful in helping me get to grips with the theory. I would have liked more time to role play and wonder if the course would be better done over 3 days to allow for
this, at times i felt obliged to say I had grasped information when i actually hadn't because it was clear that time was short.

The staff at Plas Y Brenin were very friendly and approachable and the food was very nice, unfortunately the room was a little lacking. There was no soap in the bathroom, the spot light above my head did not work and was hanging from it's socket and on Sunday while checking i had all my belongings i discovered rubbish and scraps of food under the bed and below the table which had the kettle on it. i did not raise these issues with staff at the time as I had to return home. Becuase of this i would give my experience at Plas y Brenin 4 stars, had it not been for the issues with the room it would definitely have been 5 stars.

Excellent course!

Jill Bolton

Excellent course! I'd like to particularly thank the instructors for the effort they put in on Day 2, after spending half the night on a rescue on Snowdon, in horrendous weather conditions

Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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