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REC Mountain First Aid

Course Overview

This course covers all the content of the Emergency First Aid Course and has additional time to deal with the types of injuries and problems typical of the mountain environment such as hypothermia, frostbite, casualty handling and moving, and the procedures for dealing with accidents in remote places.
This first aid course is only distinguished from the Standard First Aid at Work in the Outdoor Environment course by the lack of a formal HSE examination. It is appropriate for the Mountaineering Instructor Scheme (MIA, MIC, MLW, ML, CWA, SPA, WGL, SMBLA and BO courses etc), the Association of British Mountain Guides and those operating in remote areas. Includes AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) training.
This course is certified as Emergency First Aid at Work

Experience Required

No 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 Mountain – three 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

  • Environmental factors

  • Snowblindness & eye injuries

  • Frostbite

  • Heat exhaustion

  • Stretchers

  • Remote care

  • Mountain practicals

  • Related illness

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

This course follows the same basic outline as the Emergency course but with an additional day there is more time available to look at mountain specific issues and practical scenarios. It is most appropriate for the professional mountaineer, particularly the MIA, MIC or British Mountain Guide who need more specific training.

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

Great experience

Duarte Pereira

Mike was simply excellent. This is my first First Aid course in a long time. While I will be using the course to support my partner during outdoor explorations (she is an anaesthetician doing the mountain medicine course), I have also had the ability to meet some individuals who may just have furthered my passion for the outdoors and to perhaps even pursue a career in the outdoor. If that isn't the ethos of Plas-y-brenin, I am not sure what is. The stay was, as it always is, comfortable and the housing more than up to snuff. I will be returning very soon.

Eugene Chapman

Really enjoyed the course ,I renew every 3 years here. The course is well run, the environment is second to none, the staff the food the accommodation is excellent.

REC Mountain First Aid, delivered enthusiastically in a friendly environment.

Neil Wills

Great Course delivered by knowledgeable friendly trainers.

Absolutely everything about the course was relevant and up to date. The trainers pulled on their own real life experience and that of the group to ensure that real situations were examined and acted out.

Plenty of hands on practice with a good combination of indoor and outdoor practice.

Whilst the overall group size was possibly larger than expected there was more than one trainer throughout the course which alleviated any potential problems of low contact time.

Food accommodation and facilities - as usual were top notch.

Thank you for a great - long weekend.

A superb course

oliver Stephenson

A superb course full of information and the opportunity to practice all the skills learnt in realistic outdoor scenarios.

You have not practised first aid until you have done it for real in the outdoors in the snow.

An excellent course.

Jonathan Byrne

Well instructed by Steve Howe, who has bags of experience and the skill to teach the subject very effectively. Lots of great practical tips and stories that made the course thoroughly enjoyable and very worthwhile. I will come back to the Brenin in the future.

I would thoroughly recommend the course.

Peter Kennedy

Very enjoyable course in a stunning location. Great group of people on the course with variety of backgrounds and experience, which all added to the experience and learning. The course instructor, Steve, was fun, expert, and full of enlightening examples - he provided the ideal mix of teaching and light touch facilitator. I would thoroughly recommend the course.

This was a superbly run course.

Alan McDonald

We covered a lot of ground at a good pace, but it was fun all the time. The mix of theory to practical was excellent. Loel's approach to the teaching was excellent - spot on for the group. I though the previous REC course I attended at PyB was tremendous, this was even better!
As always, PyB is a wonderful learning environment and experience.

Thank you.

Very well delivered by Steve - entertaining and with lots of stories

Graham Hey

This was my second REC course, having attended Emergency Care 3 years ago at PyB. I find the REC approach to First Aid refreshing in ita abillity to concentrate on what is important as a First Aider - the DR ABCDE process is straightforward to understand and remember, and having used it on a number of occasions I can vouch for its effectiveness.

Steve Howe is an entertaining and enthusiastic trainer, with an awesome breadth of knowledge and experience. Steve worked hard to keep us focussed, hard to do given the superb weather conditions outside, which we were only able to sample occasionally! Steve was able to bring lots of personal insight into emergency situations, and this is why I attend courses at PyB.

My only criticism is that I thought the cold weather and altitude elements of the course weren't really covered in enough depth. Given that this is a major distinguisher with the 2 day course, and my main reason for coming on the 3 day course, I was a little disappointed. I don't blame Steve for this, as he did his best to cover the subjects in his alotted time.

A huge positive for this course is that we were able to spend lots of times on scenarios because it is 3 days long.

Superb Instruction & Relevant Training

Andy Jones

This is an excellent course for either the novice first aider, who want to become proficient at first aid in the mountains, or for the experienced mountaineer who needs relevant refresher training. With a friendly and informal level of tuition, a mixture of comprehensive theory sessions and practical outdoor scenarios this course is ideal for anyone who regularly works in the mountain environment.

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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