First Aid and Trauma Courses

Paragliding Remote Trauma Course

Participants on the January 2018 course undertake the final scenario: a tandem accident following a reserve deployment. Note how the team splits into groups: one group making the scene safe, the others caring for the casualty. The leader stands back and the scribe records the events as they unfold.

Our Paragliding First Aid and Trauma Management Course is designed specifically for paraglider pilots, guides and instructors. It is run by Dr Matt Wilkes (FFPP) and Jocky Sanderson (Escape Paragliding and Keswick Mountain Rescue Team) at the Flight Park in Braithwaite, Lake District.

Paragliding accidents are often severe and remote, and fellow pilots are usually first on scene. Recognising this, our course aims to go beyond traditional first aid teaching to focus on the management of major trauma in the remote setting. Group dynamics and scene management are integral to the programme and the course is endorsed by the BHPA. We cover:

Preparation and Prevention

  • Accident prevention
  • The paragliding environment (sun, cold and high altitude)
  • First aid kits
  • Accident simulations

Scene Management

  • Scene safety
  • Group dynamics
  • Communication
  • Working with rescue services

Casualty Care

  • Securing and moving casualties
  • Assessment
  • Haemorrhage control
  • Airway management
  • Spinal injuries
  • Pain management
  • Medical Emergencies
  • CPR in the wilderness

After an Incident

  • Follow up and debriefing
  • Insurance and repatriation

A proportion of the proceeds from each course will be donated to Karma Flights (Cloudbase Foundation) to help provide first aid kits and training in rural Nepal.