Training courses for the general public

Every year, too many people die in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live. At a St John Ambulance first aid course, you'll learn vital skills to be the difference between life and death in an emergency.

The right course for you

We offer three short training courses for members of the public. The courses differ slightly, but each of them will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to deal with both minor incidents and major emergencies, such as severe bleeding, heart attacks, choking and an unconscious casualty who has stopped breathing.

Essential first aid

If you would like to be able to provide essential first aid for adults (puberty upwards), this is the course for you.

Essential first aid (all ages)

This course is identical to the adults' course but also includes specific resuscitation techniques for infants and children.

Basic first aid

This course will teach you how to manage everyday minor accidents. Learn how to treat an unconscious and breathing casualty and manage minor cuts, grazes, bleeding and burns.

Activity first aid

This course covers how to deal with conditions related to leisure, sporting activities and the outdoors.

Essential and basic first aid

A comprehensive course which combines elements from both the essential and basic first aid courses.


Need first aid to register with your professional body?

Most organisations will accept a one day Emergency First Aid at Work couse. Ensure this is the right course for you.

Help us save lives - donate

Basic first aid knowledge saves lives. Support our volunteers and help us provide more people with basic life saving knowledge.

First aid kits and books

We sell a range of first aid and health and safety products for your home or office environment.

Free mobile first aid app

iPhone with the first aid appBe the difference and get life saving advice on first aid with our free app for Android, Apple and BlackBerry devices.

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