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Rec 3 First Aid course

Rescue and Emergency care Weekend First Aid course

When an emergency occurs in the wilderness help can be 4-6 hours away which can turn a minor medical or trauma into a life-threatening situation. We aim to equip you with skills and confidence to stabilise the situation until help arrives, you will learn skills on this course not taught on basic first aid courses.

Rescue Emergency Care level 3 has an internationally recognised curriculum. The course fullfils the requirements of all major sporting governing bodies including Mountaineering Ireland and Canoe Ireland. It is run by outdoor medical experts with experience in both the medical field and in outdoor pursuits.

About REC 3 (Rescue & Emergency) First Aid course

Main topics covered include;

Principles of First Aid
Recognition of Vital Signs
The REC Approach (Dr A.B.C.D.E.)
Treatment for Unconsciousness
Accident Procedure (including hygiene and personal safety)
Airway Problems
Control of Bleeding
Resuscitation CPR & AED
Treatment of Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries
Treatment of Burns
Injury Identification in Conscious and Un-Conscious Casualties
Treatment of Shock
Other Injuries including Common Medical Emergencies
Multiple Casualties and Prioritisation (Triage)
Casualty Management
First Aid Kits

To ensure all participants get the appropriate individual attention from the trainer we restrict numbers to a maximum of 10 persons. We also believe in delivering a large portion of the course outdoors to make the scenarios as realistic as possible.

This course is delivered on behalf of Mountaintrails by Niamh Gaffney; Wilderness EMT (WEMSI EMT) PHECC EMT (pre hospital emergency care council of Ireland) FIRST AID RESPONDER AND CARDIAC RESPONDER INSTRUCTOR

Niamh also has extensive experience in the outdoors as an accomplished climber, mountain biker and hill runner.

….”I completed the REC3 course over the weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would like to complement Niamh on her delivery of the the course, she is an excellent communicator, highly knowledgeable and very personable and for me this made the course all the more enjoyable”…  G.C. – Dublin

LOCATION Annamoe Community Centre nr Laragh. Co. Wicklow
DURATION 2 days | Saturday & Sunday 09.00 – 18.00
WHAT TO BRING Hiking boots and waterproof clothing are essential; hiking trousers are advised, (no jeans please); head-torch; spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.
Professional first aid instructor with full insurance.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink

Further reading on our blog:

Essential Kit for a Day Hike in the Mountains
Hiking the winter hills in safety


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REC 3 first aid course