Outdoor first aid training

Wed 13 – Thu 14 March 2024

9am-5.30pm each day

The most engaging, interesting, relevant and dynamic first aid courses in Wiltshire

Delivered by Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team (WOLT) at Hazel Hill Wood.

With extensive experience of working outdoors and with groups who need to be kept engaged we are able to offer First Aid programmes that are relevant, exciting and up-to-date. We incorporate lots of practical outdoor scenarios that help embed learning and keep participants on their toes!

A great way to improve your first aid, and look at likely incidents and accidents that may occur on your site and how you would manage them.

Outdoor First Aid – 16 Hours (delivered over 2 days)

Accredited through the Institute of Outdoor Learning. A comprehensive 16 hour, Band 3 qualification following the Institute of Outdoor Learning’s framework. Suitable for D of E Leaders, Forest School Leaders, and Outdoor Instructors (Mountain Leaders, SPA, HML’s) who work in remote settings (up to 2 hours from help).

– Nationally recognised first aid qualification
– Delivered by professional first aid instructors
– Run in a full outdoor setting. No powerpoint!
– In depth first aid manual for each participant
– Practical assessments throughout the course
– First Aid Certificate valid for 3 years

The course starts at 0900 and finishes at 1730 on each day. Please arrive at 0845.

Hazel Hill Wood is a secluded 70-acre conservation woodland and retreat centre with basic indoor accommodation in off-grid eco-buildings with hot showers.


– Course only £150

– Course plus overnight stay, dinner and breakfast £220

Joining instructions

How to get here

Hazel Hill Wood is located off Grimstead Road between Farley and East Grimstead. If using sat nav, use postcode SP5 1AU and you’ll see our yellow and green “Hazel Hill Wood” sign on the road – we don’t have a postcode but this is the farm opposite us. Detailed directions to the wood can be found here.

Please arrive at Hazel Hill Wood at 8.45am on Wednesday 13th March, ready to start the course at 9am. The course ends at 5.30pm on Thursday 14th March.

Food – please bring your own lunches. For those staying overnight, we’ll provide dinner and breakfast – these will be vegetarian (mostly vegan). If you have any dietary requirements other than vegetarian or vegan, please let us know in the booking form.

Drinks – we’ll provide hot drinks (tea, coffee, herbal) and water.

What to bring – day

This kit list is designed as a guide to help keep you warm, comfortable and safe.

  • Waterproof coat (and trousers if you have them)
  • Comfortable, warm clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Long trousers and long-sleeved tops are advisable.
  • Suitable footwear for outdoor walking: waterproof walking boots/work boots/wellies. We have some spare wellies at the wood.
  • Spare dry clothes for indoors
  • Slippers or warm socks for wearing in the buildings as we ask for all other footwear to be removed at the door
  • Insect repellent (suitable for ticks)
  • A water bottle

What to bring – overnight

In addition to the above. More information on the buildings can be found here on our website – you will be staying in the Oak House or Hideaway.

  • A sheet for covering a mattress
  • A sleeping bag or quilt/duvet – whatever you prefer given the season/temperature
  • A pillow and pillow case
  • Toiletries – please note that our grey water goes through a reedbed system, so natural and biodegradable products are preferred
  • A towel
  • A portable torch

Ticks are present in the wood – please read NHS tick and Lyme disease guidance.

Using mobile phones, and emergency contact

Please note that we’re off-grid, so there is no mains electricity at Hazel Hill Wood and you won’t be able to charge phones (or use other electrical appliances). Please therefore bring your own battery mobile chargers as necessary. There is patchy mobile phone reception at the wood, some providers get limited signal. We recommend you view this as an opportunity to immerse yourselves in nature and try a digital detox! If you do need to be contacted, or to make an external call, we have an emergency mobile phone at the wood – 07487 326370.

Getting here

We encourage sustainable travel to the wood, and will share a spreadsheet nearer the time to help coordinate co-cycling and car sharing.

Options include:

– Cycling from Salisbury (7 miles) or Dean (Wilts) train station (3 miles).

– Car/taxi sharing. Classic Cabs on 01722 710111 should charge a fixed rate of £20 (£25 on a Sunday) from Salisbury. Others may charge more. It’s advisable to book in advance.

– Bus from Salisbury – number 37.


Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, no pets.

Can I share room with my friend who has booked separately?

Definitely, please email charley@hazelhill.org.uk with your names.

How many people will I share a room with?

As standard, people who book shared room tickets will share with one other person. Most rooms have 2 beds; there is one room with 3 beds and one room with 4 beds – so if you’re keen to share with more people please let us know – email charley@hazelhill.org.uk

Anything else?

If this hasn’t answered all of your questions, please contact Charley on charley@hazelhill.org.uk or 07519 464023. Otherwise, we look forward to meeting/seeing you!