Special week

Outdoor first aid course

About our outdoor first aid course

During this course we will combine a 16-hour outdoor first aid training (ITC Level 3) with a winter mountain holiday. In addition to the first aid training we offer guided outdoor activities such as snow shoeing and cross country skiing. There is also the option to go downhill skiing or snowboarding. MoaAlm is situated at 1800m above sea level in the middle of Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria, far away from busy city life. Because of our remote location we offer the perfect setting for this course. Our vision is "to deliver First Aid Training in an enjoyable, practical learning environment, to empower and enable individuals to administer immediate aid in any situation". 



  • Januray 21 - 28 2017
  •  For group inquiries, please contact us for other dates

Interested to join us? Please contact us for information and booking on

austria@wearactive.com or +43(0)6642441919



About the ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid (16 hours)

During the week you will complete a 16 hour training. This qualification is designed to meet the needs of those working away from immediate assistance (more than 30 mins) in the remote and rural regions of the UK. This Outdoor First Aid qualification is externally regulated and meets the standards to appear upon the national qualifications frameworks of England and Wales.  This course is recognised throughout the UK and is the course of choice for experienced practitioners who use the outdoors.  

It is suitable for workers in rural and remote settings and will maintain the license to practice for those with Outdoor National Governing Body Instructor awards. The course meets the requirements for the Outdoor First Aid Training Framework at Standard 3. 


Topics include:

  • roles & responsibilities
  • dealing with collapse (with and without breathing), choking, bleeding, shock, major illnesses, torso and limb injuries
  • environmental effects
  • heat and cold injuries
  • using first aid kit
  • outdoor specific scenarios and outdoor incident management
  • answering queries such as when or how to remove boots, helmets and looking after a casualty for some hours


This qualification is designed to provide outdoor incident management skills.  Typical delivery methods are predominantly practical, with elements occurring out of doors in outdoor clothing and on various terrains.  The course is assessed by continual observation of candidate performance.


Qualification training requires:

  • Minimum tutor contact time of 16 hours (excluding breaks)
  • 1:12 tutor to candidate ratio
  • Course must be completed within 9 weeks of starting
  • Each delivery session must be a minimum of 2 hours


Successful completion will result in candidate gaining ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid with a valid (licence to practice) lifetime of 3 years from date of completion. The qualification is revalidated by attending another similar course after 3 years.



About your instructor Wayne

During this week Wayne Platt will be your ITC instructor. Wayne is a very experienced first aider and has been training others for over 20 years.


His career brought him from the Mountain Rescue Team to the Ambulance Service. After several years in the ambulance service, he changed direction to utilise his skills in specialist construction. Wayne loves the outdoors and enjoys walking, mountain biking and kayaking. 


About the guided outdoor activities


We offer a variety of activities such as winter hiking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and tobogganing. We will adjust the activities to weather conditions and plan our routes around the training sessions - we might offer short 2-hour activities if we decide to have a 4-hour training session or we might offer a snow shoe day tour on one day as well. Because we have a maximum of 12 guests we can adjust and personalize to make sure that we offer activities that suit everybody's needs. 



Required experience & fitness level

You do not need any previous First Aid experience but even if you do have experience you will learn new things. To able to participate in the outdoor activities a basic fitness level is desirable (practicing any kind of cardio exercise for at least one hour a week should suffice) and you should not have any serious knee injuries that prevent you from being able to walk up/down hill. 


About the program

We don't have a set daily schedule - our program is dependent on weather conditions and group preferences. To give you an impression the program might look like this:


Day 1: Arrival day. We unpack our bags and get to know each other over dinner and drinks

Day 2: After breakfast we start the week with a 4-hour training session with a coffee break in the middle. We are dropped off in town to go out for lunch and l take a 2 hour hike to explore the surroundings and go back to MoaAlm, where a cold beer and warm meal awaits us.

Day 3: Today it is snowing and there is poor visibility so we decide to stay close to house for a full day of training. Because we all love the outdoors we will make sure that we spend practical training time outside! We end the day with a healthy meal and maybe a game of table tennis for those interested.

Day 4: It is the day "off". You can choose to go skiing/snowboarding for a day, go on a self-guided hike or maybe relax at MoaAlm, enjoy the sun from our terrace and read through your course material. Tonight is also the night out - we will drive you to/from the restaurant of your choice but if you prefer to toboggan down you can!

Day 5: The weather amazing - fresh snow and blue skies. We decide to make the most of it and go for a day-long snow shoe tour! We bring a picknick and enjoy the scenery. We have an early dinner and end the day with a camp fire outside.

Day 6: After breakfast we decide to have a 2-hour training session. We go our for lunch in town and spend the afternoon cross country skiing. Those who are experienced go off with one guide and the beginners enjoy an introduction workshop and a good laugh. We all meet up for drinks and dinner at MoaAlm.

Day 7: We start the day with the practical course exam which consists of role play - because of all the practical training that we have done all week the exam is nothing more than a fun exercise, nothing to be worried about! In the afternoon we offer some more tobogganing and snow shoeing. Those who enjoy downhill skiing can hit the slopes. We all meet up for 'acres-ski' celebratory drinks and dinner.

Day 8: Departure day. After breakfast we pack our bags and say goodbye.


About the accommodation

MoaAlm, your home away from home is situated at 1800m in the middle of Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria, just 3km above the small community of Kals am Grossglockner. MoaAlm is a recently renovated guest house with room for a maximum of 12 guests. You will stay in a room with panoramic views and en-suite private bathroom. After an active day training and being in the outdoors you can enjoy the astonishing view at our sunny terrace or relax in our living room with shared dining table. 




EUR 1050.- per person


Price includes:

  • Overnight stay: 7 x in a double or twin room including linen, towels and wifi
  • Meals: 6 x 3-course diner with drinks, 7x afternoon tea with cake, 7 x breakfast
  • Training: 16 hours ITC Level 3 Award in Outdoor First Aid
  • Outdoor activities: guided activities on 5 days, including snow shoe, cross country ski and tobogganing equipment
  • Transfer from Kals/Lienz train or bus station
  • Tourist tax


Price excludes:

  • Flights
  • Downhill skiing/snowboarding equipment rental & lift passes (if applicable)
  • Insurance