REC First Aid Courses

The Getafix First Aid course is a bit different... We run the standard REC 1-day and REC 2-day qualification every month, as well as specialist, REC Advanced and REC Trainers courses and assessments.

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Our feedback is always excellent, especially among people who have done many first aid courses, with REC and other awarding bodies, and who weren't looking forward to another scenario or another 2 days in the classroom. People always learn something new and get a fresh perspective from our coaching-based approach, individually tailored courses and excellent quality feedback. This is made possible by our amazing staff team, with their wealth of experience, both in first aid and the outdoors, here and abroad.

Get the best - do our course and you will come away a better, more confident first aider.

Our training is authorised by Rescue Emergency Care (REC). REC provides a nationally recognised structure of awards, which are also recognised by the British Canoe Union, MLTUK, RYA, BASI, ASSI, BOF, and by most other outdoor National Governing Bodies. It is seen as the course to do in the outdoor industry, and we have been leading the field, 'training the trainers' for years. 

Our REC courses are delivered by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) registered trainers, and incorporate the latest UK and European guidelines. We teach through realistic scenarios and direct experience to make sure you would be confident and competent should a real first aid emergency arise. We do this in some great locations, really making use of our venues, and providing you with fresh challenges and pushing you to learn each time.

Chinese proverb: I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. 

Speak to us about bespoke REC first aid courses for your club or workplace - we can come to you and give you exactly what you want: paddler-specific, first aid for mountain bikers, skiers, young people, tailor-made first aid for you at very reasonable prices.

The Courses

This HSE approved basic first aid course is the ideal starting point for getting into first aid. It is aimed at people who might be first on scene but there is help nearby.

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It is a non-examined course taught in the practical manner with an emphasis on outdoor management of casualties. It can also be adapted to be site specific for in house staff training.

The course can be dual certificated if required, meaning that the candidate can come away with a 1 day REC certificate as well as an Emergency First Aid at Work HSE certificate.

Outline of course:

  • Intro
  • Reporting and recording accidents at work
  • First Aid principles
  • Accident procedure
  • CPR
  • Choking
  • Management of the unconscious casualty
  • Seizures
  • Shock, treatment of minor injuries

This course can also be organised at specific sites for in house training and tailored to your specific work environment. Contact us for more information.

If you participate in adventurous activities like canoeing, climbing or Mountain Biking, you owe it to your friends to have knowledge and practical experience of first aid.

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The course can be dual certificated if required, meaning that the candidate can come away with a 2 day REC certificate as well as an Emergency First Aid at Work HSE certificate.

All subjects will be taught with the focus on wilderness, as opposed to urban, situations:

  • Vital Signs
  • Emergency action
  • Airway Management
  • Unconsciousness
  • Choking
  • Drowning
  • Bleeding
  • Breathing
  • Rescue breathing & CPR
  • Shock
  • Fractures & Dislocations
  • Spinal Injury
  • Casualty Handling
  • Common Illness
  • Problems from heat and cold

We won't make you a paramedic, but you will have the confidence to act quickly and effectively in the event of an accident or illness.

The Getafix First Aid Refresher is for people who want to refresh their first aid skills. This refresher will involve a quick theory recap but the emphasis is on scenarios so it is a practical hands on day.

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It is highly recommended as first aid skills are generally lost quickly if they are not used on a regular basis and 3 years is a long time to wait for a recap!

The advanced 2 day REC course aims to make candidates competent and confident in the basic principles of first aid whilst also introducing more advanced casualty management with a focus on remote first aid.

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The course is taught using demonstration, multimedia, practicals and discussion. It is intensive but using REC’s philosophy of teaching it also is a lot of fun. The first day will also include an evening, very real life scenario, set up for the candidates using advanced equipment.

This course is ideal for candidates who are looking for something that provides more than just your basics. Great for people who repetitively complete first aid courses for work and play or for those who like that added extra information on all subjects.

Pre-requisites : 2 day REC Emergency first aid course

Outline of syllabus:

Day 1

  • Revision of ABCDE
  • Learning and assessment by triad guided scenarios.
  • CPR using bag-valve-mask and AED
  • Vital Signs including blood pressure monitoring, pulse oximetry, auscultation etc.
  • Airway management, airway adjuncts.
  • Practice
  • Awareness of oxygen and entonox usage
  • Evening Group Scenario

Day 2

  • Recap Day 1
  • Shock
  • Chest Injuries
  • In-depth head to toe examination
  • Scenarios and debrief on the pros and cons of equipment
  • Immobilisation fractures using equipment and improvisation.
  • Spinal Injuries and intro to hard collars, spinal boards and stretchers

This intensive 2 day course will equip you to deal confidently with an ill or injured person for a prolonged amount of time. The emphasis of this course is based around vital signs and their accurate documentation, which is the human meter for how well a person is. With this information the first aider is therefore able to assess their casualty competently and be able to react according to the casualties needs.

You will not be a medic after the 2 days, however you should be able to handle a casualty responding to their needs and improvising if necessary, rather than just acting out learnt techniques.

If you are a paddler you should do this course!

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The course content includes everything covered on the emergency course but has an additional day of scenarios and further teaching specifically water based.

Practical session's are done in and around the water throughout the 3 days with appropriate PPE being worn.

Additional sessions include:

  • CPR + PPE
  • drowning
  • immersion hyperthermia
  • shoulder dislocations
  • first aid kits
  • ‘c’ spine rolls
  • hyperventilating
  • casualty management in water and evacuation

This is an amalgamation of first aid and water safety, extremely valuable but dare I say it fun as well.

A four day (24 hour) course. The trainer programme is designed to introduce a systematic method of training candidates to provide emergency care. Topic learning and presentations intermixed with scenarios of real situations.

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The programme is a five step process:

  • Core knowledge: valid standard course • advanced course • first aid experience
  • Training skills: 4 day trainer • assignments • video assessment • external assessment
  • Observation: observe foundation level course • logbook for recording attendance
  • Supervision: Supervised training with registered trainer
  • Registration: Recommendation by two registered trainers • independent trainer


The Content

The course is progressive, each session utilizes previous modules. Assignments are integrated throughout the course. The course includes:

  • Code of Practice: ACOP • 1974 H&S at Work Act • equality • safety • assignments
  • Presentation: presentation skills • communication • dealing with candidates • audiovisuals
  • Teaching: teaching skills • lesson plans • learning outcomes • planning • assignments
  • Coaching: small groups • skill development • demonstrating • feedback
  • Assessing: observing • questions • productive assessment • constructive assessment
  • Video analysis: presentations • teaching • coaching • assessing • feedback • assignments
  • Development: new developments • research • assignments • cpr


The Assessment

  • The Instructor award is assessed by: observing training • observing assessing • oral • written assignments

The Candidates

  • All candidates wishing to deliver the REC scheme must have completed a REC 2 day emergency course to understand the philosophy of REC, completed the advanced course and have an in-date HSE certificate for First Aid at Work.


The Qualification

To become a recognised REC trainer you must complete the following steps:

  • Attend 4 day Instructor/Trainer course and complete all assignments given
  • Observe a number of REC trainers
  • Teach on first aid courses under the supervision of qualified REC trainers
  • Submit written recommendations from REC trainers
  • Submit teaching file
  • Keep an up-to-date portfolio for continued professional development