REC First Aid Courses

The Getafix First Aid course is a bit different... We run the standard REC 2-day qualification every month, as well as 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

If you participate in adventurous activities such as 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 - ask us about this if this is useful to you.

All subjects will be taught with the focus on wilderness, as opposed to urban, situations, and through practical scenario-based coaching:

  • 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.

This is the best first aid course you'll ever go on, delivered by our exceptional and very experienced team.

Our Advanced 2-day REC course will improve your competence and confidence in the basic principles of first aid, whilst also introducing more advanced casualty management with a focus on remote first aid, triage, team working etc. It is the perfect extension to your knowledge, and will suit you if you've done a few courses before and want to refine your skills. There is no formal pre-requisite, but if you don't have a REC 2-day Emergency qualification you might want to talk to us about whether this is the right level for you.


We work within the REC scheme as we believe it gives the perfect opportunities of flexibility and individualised delivery, while still being tried-and-tested, rigorous and professionally respected. We are not working to an external syllabus someone has given us, but have developed our content in an interactive process with the very experienced team at REC so that it suits us, our clients and the situations they find themselves in. We have been working on this programme over the past 7 years and are continually tweaking and perfecting it. We are very proud of our unique approach and are sure you will get the best out of your time with us.

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Our Advanced course is intensive and you will really need to show up and give it all you've got. You'll be challenged and given expert personalised feedback on your actions and decisions during scenarios. We know feedback and the coaching process, and we are first aid practitioners of the highest level. Our ideology is that first aid is better coached than taught. 


Rough Outline of the course:

  • Revision of ABCDE
  • Rules and tools
  • Environment management
  • Awareness of first aid gadgets
  • CPR and AED
  • Airway management
  • Shock
  • Differential diagnosis/observation funnel
  • Thorough casualty examination
  • Realistic and practical scenarios
  • Improvisation and problem-solving (using activity-specific kit)
  • Recording information and communication
  • Spinal management

We are gimmick-free and (unlike some other courses) pass the 'so-what' test. Our courses are practical and relevant to you and what you do.

This is classed by REC as a Level 4 first aid course and will cover you for 3 years as a renewal of your qualification. It is recognised by the adventure sports governing bodies, and is a much better way to spend your time and money than 2 more days of the same syllabus. In terms of value for money you can't get a better way to take you to the next level. #getthebest #itsourjob

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