Expedition First Aid

Advanced First Aid Training for Expedition Leaders and Explorers

These advanced 4 day expedition first aid courses are aimed at training outdoor professionals and travellers who operate overseas in wilderness environments that are far from help.

We have approached this course with our own vast experience of leading overseas expeditions knowing what situations you are likely to face and with what kit you are likely to be carrying. To that end the course is designed for first-aiders, but because you may find yourself in some pretty remote places with few resources readily to hand, with experienced medics and trainers leading this course we go beyond the realms of traditional first aid.  We aim to give delegates on this course the skills and the confidence to face a whole host of situations from managing trauma to the very common problems of an upset stomach.

Not the right course? Try looking at our 2 day Outdoor First Aid courses.

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Mountain first aid - Toubkal, Morocco

Expedition First Aid (4 days) – course overview

Day 1

Vital Signs 1 – basic information gathering
The accident procedure – primary and secondary surveys
Airway management
CPR – urban / drowning casualties
Shock management:

  • steristrips
  • haemostatic dressings
  • tourniquets 
Day 2

Head and spine injuries
Chest injuries
Practical sessions:
moving / lifting / straightening an injured casualty
helmet removal
fracture & dislocation management
the broken leg – use of improvised traction device
Pain management considerations
Soft tissue injuries
Casualty monitoring and note taking
Practical outdoor scenarios

Day 3

Diagnosis – how to take a patient history
Practical sessions:
– history taking
– Pain management 
Common medical conditions – diarrhoea and issue of antibiotics
Fever – including malaria
Asthma, diabetes, epilepsy/seizures
heat illness
Anaphylactic shock and use of Epipen/Anapen
abdominal problems (appendicitis, hernias, testicular problems)
snake bites
Rescue & related skills

  • Organising a casualty evacuation
  • Working with helicopters
  • Radios, communications
  • Improvised rescue & stretchers
  • Jungle lost procedures & search & rescue
  • Medical scenario & rescue exercise
Day 4

High and cold environments
• altitude sickness – medication & portable altitude chambers
• Hypothermia, frostbite and immersion
Expedition medical planning

  • Immunisations/antimalarials
  • Pre-existing medical cases – group work
  • Legal issues

Outdoor practical scenarios
Written exam

Price: £520

Course fee includes first aid manual and first aid certificate valid for three years.


    • Interactive hands on practical training indoors and out
    • Use of recommended first aid kit
    • Easy to follow individual course booklet
    • An accredited, recognised Advanced Outdoor First Aid certificate valid for 3 years


    • Peak District National Park / Sheffield

Course Leaders

This course will be led by Will Legon and Dr Joe Rowles.

Will has led student expeditions and treks for adults to all corners of the globe from South America to Mongolia and has been teaching Outdoor First Aid since 2010.

Joe is an Emergency Medicine doctor and former Special Forces soldier with an interest in pre-hospital, remote and expedition medicine. He is also hugely passionate about sharing what he knows!

Joe holds a Master’s degree in Austere and Military Trauma Science, Diploma in Immediate Care, is a faculty member for the Diploma in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Exeter where he is a module lead for the MSc in Extreme Medicine. He co-authored the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh guidelines for medical provision for wilderness medicine and is currently medical director for Survivor USA, the world’s largest reality television show.

Contact us for dates of upcoming courses

Read our booking conditions here

Guidelines for Medical Provision in the Wilderness Setting: This document was published in December 2015 in the Journal of Extreme Physiology and Medicine and is now available free online.

Sophie Mowbray
Sophie Mowbray
A really great first aid course, thank you. Lots of practical involvement outside, and tailored to meet the needs of the group. Would definitely recommend!
Maria Koukou
Maria Koukou
Will and his team delivered an excellent Outdoors First Aid course over 2 days. Well planned, very detailed and a lot of real life scenarios to deal with. Highly recommended.
Zoe D
Zoe D
Without a doubt, the best first aid course I've attended to date. Will (and Jane) were fun, knowledgeable and approachable. Information was tailored to the needs of the group, and the repeated, realistic 'outdoor' scenarios really helped to reinforce learning and give confidence. Very highly recommended and I'm looking forward to renewal in a few years' time.
Kate Heaphy
Kate Heaphy
I recently undertook a 4-day advanced outdoor first aid course with Will and Joe, and it by far exceeded my expectations! The knowledge, teaching style, and practical approach of both instructors was first class. I would highly recommend this course to anyone heading into the hills, jungle, mountains, or other remote locations, whether it be for leisure, research or work. You won't regret it!
Kostas Georgakopoulos
Kostas Georgakopoulos
Did the outdoors first aid course over 2 days with Will and Jame and it was a great experience. The course is very full on with a lot of information and practice but Will and Jame had a great delivery which helped a lot with absorbing all the information and keeping focused! After the course I felt like I truly learned something valuable and practical that I could use in my life and climbing practice!
neil goulding
neil goulding
Firstly this first Aid Course was done in friendly & fun atmosphere & Hannes was Excellent in explaining all the different types of situations that first aider could find themselves in & the best possible remedies to help the casualty with the equipment they have to deal with it I would highly recommend a booking Youlgreave also a great place to stay
steve turner
steve turner
Great course by Will, informative, relevant and fun. Good blend of practical skill sessions indoor and outside alongside explanatory theory. You wont be disappointed.
Nick Lander
Nick Lander
Practical outdoor first aid tailored and relevant to what you need. Will makes learning fun.
Bruce Perfect
Bruce Perfect
Great course. Really recommended. Excellent instruction.
Keith Richardson
Keith Richardson
I did the 2 day Outdoor First aid with Lizzy in early January and it was by some margin the best first aid course I have done. Lizzy is a great teacher with a (quite alarming) wealth of first hand experience to draw upon. She managed to get all of the students to share their experiences too which added to the richness. The inclusion of the scenarios was hugely valuable and made the whole course more fun but also more realistic. Lizzy clearly enjoys this aspect and took delight in setting them up. I would thoroughly recommend this outfit if first aid is on your agenda, and Lizzy in particular.