As part of the Air Cadets, we offer several opportunities for First Aid training. The basic qualification which all cadets take on joining the Air Cadets is the British Heart Foundation Heartstart course, which can be taken during one parade night. The course involves a basic understanding of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the recovery position, choking, heart conditions and bleeds.
Cadets can then choose to further their First Aid knowledge by enrolling on the St John Ambulance Young Lifesaver Plus course. This course is completed in one weekend and includes practical demonstrations, training films and structured lessons, covering many topics including heat stroke, CPR, heart attacks, bleeding, fractures and choking. At the end of the course, cadets are able to practice their First Aid skills on resuscitation dolls.
Once the Young Lifesaver Plus course has been completed, cadets can choose to take the Expedition First Aid course. Cadets must be at least 16 years old to take the course, which enables them to qualify as a First Aider on Adventure Training expeditions, for example the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.