The Getafix First Aid course is a bit different... We run the REC Outdoor First Aid courses every month, as well as specialist, REC Advanced and REC Trainers courses and assessments throughout the year (and by request).

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.


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.

  • REC Outdoor 1 Day First Aid Course : An ideal HSE approved starting point for getting into first aid...
  • REC Outdoor 2 Day First Aid Course: Designed to instill the confidence to act quickly and effectively in the event of an accident or illness...
  • REC Advanced : Introducing more advanced casualty management with a focus on remote first aid...
  • REC Instructor/Trainer : Designed to introduce a systematic method of training candidates to provide emergency care... we can also assess you when the time comes to get signed off...
  • REC For Paddlers First Aid Course : If you are a paddler you should definitely do this course, and it covers all you need to be a basic qualification as well...


REC Outdoor 1 Day First Aid Course

This HSE approved basic first aid course is an ideal starting point for getting into first aid. A non-examined course taught in a practical way with an emphasis on the outdoor management of casualties (can be adapted to be site specific for in house staff training).

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

Outline of the course:

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


REC Outdoor 2 Day First Aid Course

Adventurous activities like canoeing, climbing or Mountain Biking require knowledge and practical experience of first aid.

The focus of this first aid course is on wilderness, as opposed to urban, situations with these subjects covered:

  • 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
  • using an AED

Our REC Outdoor 16hr First Aid course now meets the requirements of HSE EFAW and you'll be dual-certified.

REC Advanced

The advanced REC first aid 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.

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 able to assess their casualty competently and be able to react according to the casualties needs.

We use extra specialist equipment and expect a bit more of you. You will leave this course a very good first-aider.

We recommend you have some experience of first aid before you attend this course - preferably at least one Getafix 2 day REC course! Talk to us if you are unsure.

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

  • 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

Getafix REC Advanced is delivered by two staff members to ensure you get individual attention and multiple perspectives. It is an intensive two days!


REC Instructor/Trainer

Add a new dimension to your career! We have now trained many others to deliver the REC scheme we are so passionate about. This four day trainer programme is designed to introduce a systematic method of training candidates to provide emergency care. The programme is a five step process which 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

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.

To become a recognised REC first aid 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

This course is delivered by Leo Hoare and one other first aid expert - Leo is an expert in coaching processes and course delivery. He delivers more BCU/UKCC Level 1 and 2 coach education courses than anyone else in the country. This experience makes an extremely high quality Trainers Course. Leo's individual guidance will help you with your confidence, and in all areas of your professional life.  


REC For Paddlers First Aid Course

A combination of first aid and water safety, all paddlers should do this first aid course!

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

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

Taught by double level 5 paddler Leo Hoare, this is a gem not to be missed! 


Bespoke First Aid Courses - please send us an email