Your valuable help in an emergency can save someone’s life. First aid courses can give you the confidence to help your friends, child, family or even a stranger when they desperately need it. If you need training in first aid to meet health and safety requirements, look no further; here are a few organizations offering free first aid courses in London.
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross works with community groups and organizations that support people who are at risk and would have the greatest impact from a first aid involvement.
They offer free first aid courses at more than 50 venues across the UK. All courses are designed for people aged 16 and over. They are fun and interactive as the trainers take a step-by-step approach to help you learn first aid. Besides, trainees can also download their free mobile Apps on first aid and baby and child first aid.
Free First Aid Courses at British Red Cross
- First Aid for Baby and Child
No one likes to think of their child being in an emergency situation, but learning first aid can give you the confidence to be able to cope up with the circumstances. It is best for expectant parents, babysitters, grandparents, family members and parents of children of all ages (from birth to puberty). This 1-day course has been planned to keep parents in mind. It covers different childhood emergency situations varying from an asthma attack, choking, seizures and unresponsiveness to bleeding, fever, burns, and meningitis.
- First Aid for Adults
This one day course is for anyone aged 16+ who wants to learn first aid for adults. It covers a range of life-saving skills such as heavy bleeding, unresponsiveness, heart attack, severe allergic reaction, choking and seizures.
Benefits of First Aid Courses at Red Cross
- Courses are available in the evenings and weekends at venues across the UK.
- Qualified, externally accredited trainers teach in an open, friendly environment.
- You do not need any prior experience, just a willingness to take part.
- There is no written exam, only practical exercises to help you practice and remember the skills.
- Discounts are available for group bookings of 15 people at any location of your choice.
St John Ambulance is UK’s leading first aid charity. Each year, more than 400,000 people learn how to save a life through its training programmes. These free first aid courses equip you with the knowledge and confidence to deal with both minor incidents and major emergencies, such as heart attacks, severe bleeding, choking and an unresponsive casualty who has stopped breathing. Their volunteers run campaigns raising awareness of first aid and directly educating the public. Along with this, they also provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events. Group training facility is also available. All attendees are continually assessed by a trainer, and they receive a certificate of attendance too.
Free First Aid Courses at ST. John Ambulance
- Baby First Aid
This course is for parents, grandparents, and anyone who spends time looking after babies. A range of first aid topics is taught including baby CPR. The subjects are taught in line with the developmental stages of babies’, helping to prepare parents and caretakers for the 1st year and beyond.
- Essential First Aid (adult)
This course covers emergency life support techniques for adult casualties, how to deal with serious conditions and incidents and what to do when initially faced with an emergency.
- Essential First Aid (all ages)
This 3-hour course is for those who want to know what to do in an emergency and wish to learn how to cope with accidents and injuries. It covers emergency life support procedures for adults, children and infants especially with what to do when faced with an emergency involving a casualty of any age. Some added options are auto-injector demonstration and AED demonstration.
- Basic First Aid Course
Ideal for people who want to learn first aid without having to do resuscitation or CPR, the 3-6 hrs course teaches you day to day first aid skills, which are very useful when accidents happen around the home – and when you’re out and about. It does not include CPR.
- Essential and Basic First Aid
It is a comprehensive course combining elements from both the essential and basic first aid courses. The 6 hrs course covers emergency life support techniques (adult only) as well as how to deal with minor and deteriorating conditions in any casualty like bites and stings, burns, choking, fainting, sprains and others.
- Basic Sports First Aid
It teaches the necessary first aid skills to deal with a wide range of sporting incidents. Those involved in sporting activities – from referees and coaches to players should attend this course.
- Activity First Aid
Suitable for members and leaders of activity and youth groups, this 2 days course covers how to deal with conditions related to leisure, sporting, and outdoor activities like walks and bike rides.
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
As one of UK’s largest educational institutions with above 20,000 students enrolling to each course, the college offers free first aid courses for those involved in the tourism sector.
Level 3 First Aid Training for Travel and Tourism
It is a 6-hour course conducted by Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. With a great introduction to First Aid training, the course provides life skills and increases the confidence to deal with emergency life-threatening situations. Though applicants need to attend a college interview before joining the free First Aid course enhances your CV when applying for work at the airport or cabin crew.