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Outdoor First Aid

Let's face it. As Kiwis, we love getting into the outdoors. Whether it's for work or play, we seem to find a sense of identity through time spent outside breathing in the fresh air. On the odd occasion, things go sideways and as awesome as our emergency services are, they can't always respond as fast as we'd like them to.

An Outdoor First Course that keeps learners engaged, hands-on and having the odd laugh will arm participants with the skills and knowledge to manage emergencies for extended periods of time until further help arrives. At Peak, we believe First Aid Training does not need to be painful or boring. We are passionate about teaching and have spent the past 25-plus years developing courses that people regularly refer to as “the best I’ve ever done”.

On both public and private courses, we do our best to tailor the training to the learner’s specific needs whether they be work or recreational-based. Just let your tutor know at the start of the day which of the following subjects you’d like to focus on:

Our typical course content includes:

  • Accident Site Management – Including leadership, communication, calling emergency services, PLB use, working around helicopters, wilderness evacuation plans, etc.
  • Patient Assessment – Systematic processes that guide the first responder through how to identify the extent of the injuries and medical conditions.
  • Fractures and Dislocations – Identify different injuries and learn how to treat them – splinting, etc.
  • Spine Injuries – Identify whether you can move a patient or whether you need to keep them immobilised.
  • Head Injuries
  • Bleeding, wounds and shock including crush injuries and amputations
  • Resuscitation including CPR and defibrillation
  • Medical Conditions – heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, etc.
  • Burns, Poisoning
  • Environmental emergencies – hypo/hyperthermia

Course participants can expect to be challenged to problem-solve different emergencies during the day in a hands-on, practical manner. Classroom presentations are brief photo and video-based theory sessions followed by extensive outdoor scenarios.

We offer 1 and 2-day Outdoor First Aid Courses. Both courses give participants a First Aid Certificate valid for two years for workplace certification.

If Unit Standards are required on the course then the following applies:

  • 1 Day OFA – 6401 and 6402, or 6400 if the learner already has 6401 and 6402.
  • 2 Day OFA – 6401, 6402 and 6400 all available. Unit 424 is available on request but involves several hours of pre-course learning and a written assignment.

Our Outdoor First Aid courses