About Us

Outdoor Approach First Aid, And the Courses We Offer!

Outdoor Approach First Aid is a first aid course provider based in Cheshire that has been delivering first aid courses since 2011. We offer a full range of practical, jargon-free first aid courses that are specifically suited for remote and urban situations, workplace or at home. Local, fully certified 1, 2 and 3 day courses are available, tailored to suit the candidate’s needs where at all possible.

Our principal outdoor first aid course is the highly respected 16 hour Rescue Emergency Care Emergency Aid that is recognised by the many UK National Governing Bodies such as the Mountain Training UK (ML, SPA, MIA, MIC, IML and BMG) British Canoe Union (BCU), BASI and the RYA. We run up to six ‘open courses every year and up to another six closed courses for various youth organisations including the Scout Association, Guides and Duke of Edinburgh Award (if your organisation would like to book a closed course, please contact us for prices and availability).

As from December 2018 we will also be offering 16 Hour Rescue Emergency Care Advanced First Aid courses. These courses build on the syllabus of the 16 Hour REC Emergency First Aid course and develops the basic skills, covers in much more depth both primary and secondary surveys, airway management, uses of proprietary and improvised splints and prolonged casualty care. Very practical in its approach and mainly run in a realistic outdoor environment, the course can be used revalidate NGB qualifications. Candidates need to have attended a REC Emergency First Aid Course and pass a short pre-course question paper prior to attending.

We also offer the 8 hour Rescue Emergency Basic First Aid, this course complies fully with the first aid requirements for a BCU Level 2 coach and the MT Climbing Wall Instructor Award.

For open course dates and prices, please either contact us or check our website.

Both the 1 and 2 day courses will equally suit individuals who regularly lead or supervise groups on the hills and mountains of the UK – either youth groups, families or friends! The syllabuses of both courses are designed to comply fully with the requirements of most (if not all) UK youth organisations. Both awards are valid for three years

IIn addition to the REC Outdoor Courses we offer a full range of OFQUAL accredited qualifications. These courses include Level 3 First Aid at Work, Level 3 First Aid at Work Requalification, Level 3 Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid, Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work, Level 3 Outdoor First Aid, Level 2 CPR & AED and Level 2 Basic Life Support & Safe Use of an AED

These mainly workplace courses are run over a 6 -18 hour tuition period and can be delivered at either our training centre or at your own venue at a time and day to suit. All the awards are valid for three years.

For open course dates and prices, please either contact us or check our website. For a ‘closed course’ date at your venue, please contact us. With regards to ‘closed course’ prices, these are variable depending on course and locality.

All course prices include the following:

Trainer costs (including travel up to 100 miles per day), use of training aids, certificates, manuals, insurances.

VAT is excluded, as are refreshments, meals, accommodation, venue hire, candidate travel etc.

All course prices are based on a maximum of 12 candidates per course (a greater number can be accommodated however this will require an additional trainer with increased costs)

Typical course prices are listed below:

Level 3 First Aid at Work (18 hour course), £ 975 + VAT

Level 3 First Aid at Work Requalification (12 hour course), £ 745 +VAT

Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (6 hour course), £375 + VAT

Level 3 Paediatric First Aid (12 hour course), £745 + VAT

Level 3 Emergency Paediatric First Aid (6 hour course), £375 + VAT

Level 3 Outdoor First Aid (16 hour course), £745 + VAT

Level 2 BLS & AED (4 hour course), £275 + VAT

And Finally …

We offer a full range of non- accredited courses to suit individual requirements. These include the 6 hour Scout and Guide Association First Response, HSE recommended annual refreshers and specifically tailored first aid training courses for local youth organisations including D of E Award participants of 3 – 6 hour duration. For prices and availabile dates, please contact us directly.

About your Trainer.


Ron Gemmell has been leading walking parties in the British hills and mountains for over twenty five years, holds a ML (Summer) certificate and regularly leads parties on multi-day walks in remote mountainous areas. He has been a scout leader for over twenty five years and has been involved in other youth work in general since 1980.The REC courses are therefore framed with ‘mountain leading’ in mind, taking on board the experience of hundreds of ‘hill days’ taking parties into the hills – with a real working knowledge of what it’s like to deal with real first aid incidents that thankfully only rarely happen!

In addition to being a part-time first aid trainer, Ron provides the first aid support for local organisations (including small event cover) and also works as a self-employed mechanical engineer and first aider working in the water industry. With over thirty years of experience working in office and site based locations throughout the UK he has considerable knowledge of the workplace first aid incidents that can occur.

How to Contact Us

For details of course dates, course information and booking form etc. please either email us or go to our website:


Our email address is ron.gemmell@btinternet.com

Telephone/txt 07889 399747

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Outdoor Approach First Aid is a trading style of Modefab Ltd. (Registered Company No.2340894, VAT No 677 4584 80). Registered address: 8 Kinsale Drive, Locking Stumps, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6LX

Directors: R.S. Gemmell, W.N. Gemmell