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Activity First Aid Courses (QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid)

The "Activity First Aid" course will give confidence and practice in emergency life-saving techniques that are required in situations that may be encountered by those who have specific responsibility at work, or in voluntary and community activities, to provide First Aid when dealing with an emergency situation whilst undertaking activities, such as sports, swimming, hiking, rock climbing, etc.

Learners who achieve the QA Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid may use the qualification to aid progression in the sports and recreational activities industries, etc.

Please note that this course is aimed at those activities that will be reasonably close to emergency assistance, and with access to telephone communications. If you are planning an expedition further afield, please ask us about extending this course to an expedition level course, which would cover alternative means of summoning assistance, looking after the patient for longer periods of time, equipment improvisation, and self-evacuation methods. We can incorporate this activity first aid course into such courses if required.

Course contents

The Activity First Aid course covers:

  • Managing an incident, including emergency phone calls and record keeping/reporting of incidents
  • Legislation the first aider needs to be familiar with
  • How to prioritise patients (primary and secondary survey)
  • Unresponsive, non-breathing patients (CPR) - age group appropriate to activity groups
  • Unresponsive, breathing adults (Recovery position) - age group appropriate to activity groups
  • Choking patients - age group appropriate to activity groups
  • Serious and minor cuts/bleeding
  • Clinical shock (blood volume loss)
  • Seizures
  • Eye injuries
  • Burns and scalds (including electrical burns)
  • Fainting
  • Asthma
  • Low blood sugar/diabetes
  • Severe allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis)
  • Sprains/strains/fractures (including spinal injuries)
  • Head injuries
  • Strokes
  • Chest pains (suspected heart attacks or angina)
  • Poisons (including poisoning by plants)
  • Extremes of heat and cold (Hypothermia, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke)

Course duration

12 hours tuition time (minimum) not including breaks (20 guided learning hours) typically over 2 days. Here at RescueSkills we believe that this course cannot adequately be delivered in less than 16 hours of tuition time and normally plan our courses around this.


Certificates of competence will be issued following successful completion of this course by the learners. Assessment of the learners skills will be by continuous assessment by the trainer/assessor, and two multiple choice assessments set by Qualsafe Awards as our awarding organisation.

Certificates are valid for 3 years.

Please note that in order to be awarded a certificate of competence in this course, learners must be able to demonstrate that they are able to perform the relevant skills. It remains the student's sponsor's responsibility to ensure that learners sent on this course are physically and mentally fit to be able to perform the skills that may be required of them during their duties.


Learners may re-qualify their Activity First Aid qualification by attending another Activity First Aid course during the period of validity of their certificate.

Scheduled Courses and Booking

No public courses found in the next three months - sorry. Please ask us for details why, as this may be a problem with our databases rather than a real lack of courses.

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We offer courses in Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset, and further afield. We are based in Fareham, Hampshire.

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