Basic first aid

If you've seen our Save a Life September or The Chokeables videos and want to learn first aid for all ages, then the course we recommend is Essential first aid (all ages).This course will teach you everyday first aid skills, which are invaluable when accidents happen around the home - and when you're out and about. It doesn't include CPR.

Who should attend?

This course is ideal for members of the public who want to learn first aid without having to do resuscitation or CPR.

St John Ambulance welcomes young people from the age of 12 onto all our community first aid courses. If under the age of 16, you must attend with a responsible adult member of the family or guardian (two young people per adult).

Course content

The course covers how to deal with minor and deteriorating conditions in any casualty.
  • communication and casualty care
  • looking after yourself and the casualty
  • treatment of minor bleeding and minor burns
  • treatment of an unconscious casualty
  • priorities of first aid and managing the scene
  • treatment of a choking casualty
  • treatment of fainting, bites and stings, sprains and strains.

Course duration

Three or six hours (depending on region/course).

Assessment and certification

Continuous assessment by trainer.

Is this training for me?

To learn first aid skills appropriate for use in the workplace you should complete a First aid at work or Emergency first aid at work course. If you’re unsure what first aid training is appropriate for your workplace, use our free requirements calculator.

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

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