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REC First Aid Courses

Redefining standards for over 15 years

About our Courses

"Definitely the best first aid course I've been on, and I've been on a lot!"

Our range of Outdoor first aid courses is fully certified by Rescue Emergency Care (REC). REC courses are recognised by British Canoeing, MLTUK, RYA, BASI, ASSI, BOF etc., and we have been leading the field, 'training the trainers' for years. 

Our courses are very different to those of other providers. Although certified through REC, our courses were written by Jason Taylor (Tirio Cyf) 25 years ago and over the years he has developed them further still. Pre-Covid Jason delivered most of Getafix’s first aid courses and has been pivotal in building on the reputation of providing the very best training. More recently it was decided to join forces, Leo and Jason now work together melding philosophy and ideas to influence and shape future courses.



Two is better than one

Typically, our courses are co-delivered by both Jason and Leo. Between the two of them there is over 60 years of teaching and coaching outdoor first aid and adventure sports... That's hard to beat!

A unique collaboration...

Getafix Coaching Tirio

Compliant, appropriate and current

Our courses are fully compliant, teach appropriate skills, are fully referenced and current.  What we don’t do is teach people ‘fancy stuff’ they are simply not allowed to do, just because it appears to be ‘flash’.  Both Jason and Leo have worked, guided and dealt with real incidents in some of the most remote and inhospitable places around. We know for real what it’s like and what skills are actually achievable whilst under pressure in remote environments. 

So, we’ve designed and deliver all our courses with this in mind, we’ll give you some amazing and unique resources which will help you to remember everything by not having to remember much at all! Allowing you to do your very best in the worst of situations. 

"The learning aid provided is probably the most useful bit of kit I will ever carry... they had loads of useful tips and tricks for emergency situations ..."

Dual certified

Our 2-day Outdoor First Aid course will also qualify you for an Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) and our 3 day Advanced Outdoor First Aid course will also qualify you for a First Aid at Work (FAW) and plus F.  Clever stuff, if you pass.

Keeping it real

Let’s face it, if you ever need to use these skills for real, you’re going to be under significant pressure and will often not have practiced them for a while. Performing well and doing the right thing when something goes wrong is critical. Poor performance not only has an impact on the person you’re looking after, but can also significantly impact your own mental health, never mind your business.
No-one wants that…

No nonsense, no egos

That said, we’re not going to baffle you with Greek medical terms and more importantly tell you ‘war stories’ – in fact the complete opposite; we’ll get you to trust your own judgement and develop your confidence to do the right things when its needed. 

Delivered in a fun and engaging manner, which isn’t something you’d normally associate with a first aid course…

You’re in safe hands

We are exceptionally proud of our Courses and our client feedback is second to none.  We deliver specialist outdoor / wilderness first aid courses to well over 500 people a year including some of the best organisations in the business, so you know you’re in safe hands. These include:

    • Zip World
    • The Outdoor Partnership
    • Bike Park Antur Stiniog
    • Sayers Croft environmental centre
    • Campfire Cymru forest school
    • many Kayaking and Mountaineering clubs
    • Scouts cymru
    • Denbigshire Countryside Rangers
    • One Planet Adventure
    • Keys Care Group
    • PGL Travel
    • Acorn Adventure
    • British Army
    • Christian Mountain Centre (CMC Pensarn)
    • European Geophysical services

"Really informative and enjoyable course that was taught in an interesting, fun, easy to remember way. Credit to the tutors - great teaching styles ..."

"Great instruction with relevant scenarios and plenty of opportunity to practice learned skills..."

Two for the price of one – our 16-hour course is designed for anyone who works outdoors, it meets all adventure sport NGB requirements as well as giving you an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification.  Hands-on and pragmatic. In addition to many other things, the course covers:

  • basic life support and defibs
  • primary survey issues
  • secondary survey issues
  • medical problems – including diabetes, seizures, strokes, heart problems, anaphylaxis, etc.
  • traumatic injuries – including chest trauma, major bleeds, bone and joint injuries, wounds, etc.
  • spinal injuries 
  • drowning
  • environmental issues – both hot and cold

This course is suitable for any outdoor professional working across the full range of activities in the outdoor sector. We can also provide a more tailored course delivered at your venue.  Please email us if you feel this would be more appropriate.

Our Advanced 3-Day course will improve your competence and confidence in the basic principles of first aid, whilst also introducing more advanced casualty management.

Be prepared to be challenged – 3 days that are both mentally and physically demanding. Designed for experienced outdoor professionals who operate in more remote and challenging environments. On this course we’ll work you hard, so when you leave you can be sure you’ll be able to deal effectively with the worst situations in the worst environments. 

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

Covering everything in the 2-Day course, plus:

  • stepwise approach to catastrophic bleeds, haemostatics and tourniquets
  • high angle rescue considerations such as suspension trauma
  • water-based rescue considerations including hydrostatic squeeze and autonomic conflict
  • advanced environmental skills. 

This course can be tailored to suit Cycle, Land, Mountain or Water professionals – all our open courses cover all of these disciplines.

Suitable for any outdoor professional working across the full range of activities in the outdoor sector. 

It is also suitable for professionals lone working or working in remote area locations, for example, forestry, fisheries, oil and geology.

We can also provide a more tailored course delivered at your venue.  Please email us if you feel this would be more appropriate.

A five day (30 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.

More information to follow...