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REC First Aid at Work in the Outdoor Environment

Course Overview

The course follows the HSE syllabus but with a clear emphasis on the outdoor environment. Practical scenarios and class based sessions are followed by a formal, independent assessment of skills and knowledge. The holder of this certificate can then be recognised as the First Aider at Work and is able to organise the first aid provision at work according to HSE guidelines. This certificate is required by all first aid trainers. It also, of course validates Governing Body Awards.

Experience Required

none 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 First Aid at Work in the Outdoor Environment – three days

No previous training is required for this course.

This course is designed to teach basic first aid and to cover first aid for statutory and work place needs. The holder of this certificate will then be able to organise and provide the first aid provision at work according to HSE guidelines. It also, of course, validates governing body awards (MLTUK, BCU, BASI, ASSI, BOF and most others). It is a pre-requisite of attending a trainers course. The course is run over three days.


  • 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

  • Gases & fumes

  • Chemicals

  • Poisons

  • Recording accidents


  • HSE First Aid at Work

  • Emotional care

  • First Aid Kits


There is an examination for this course. It involves a practical and oral exam, a written test and a CPR assessment. Assessment is by two external examiners.

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

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

Very Good

Stu Meese

Course was good and covered all the relevant topics

Brilliant course

Simon Bond

Thorougly enjoyable course. Brilliant for an absolute beginner. Course slowly & logically built up, by the end I was amazed at how much I had taken in. Trainer was great and made sure we understood course content and re-capped on what was needed. Will recoomend to all colleagues considering simmilar course. THANK YOU ... Simon

Good outdoors first aid

Jim Mitchell

A really well delivered course with the emphasis on practical scenarios. Lots of outdoors orientated first aid accident scenarios but also HSE First Aid at Work for those that need it. Chose this course to meet my needs for my WGL and for leading walking with a UK holiday company and it was perfect for that. The course was well paced, very achievable and fully relevant. As usual at PYB it was a lot of fun aswell and the bar was great. Thoroughly recommend this course. At this time of the year there's also time to get in a walk or two with the long daylight hours - perfect!

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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