Extreme Sports First Aid / Trauma Course

Our Extreme Sports First Aid and Trauma Management Course
is designed specifically for practitioners, guides and instructors.
The course is run by Dr Matt Wilkes (FFPP) and Jocky Sanderson (Escape Paragliding and Keswick Mountain Rescue Team)

Dealing with a paragliding accident can be challenging;
injuries may be severe, locations remote and equipment limited

In this two-day First Aid course designed specifically for paraglider pilots, guides and instructors,
we will build on your knowledge and skills to give you confidence in these stressful situations.
The course will be run from the Flight Park & is BHPA approved.

Our next course schedule :
31st Oct - 1st Nov 2020
5th - 6th Dec 2020

Run By The Best

Dr Matt Wilkes

    Doctor in specialising in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Remote Medicine

Lead Doctor for a number of high altitude expeditions, Flight Physician for AMREF East African Flying Doctors

Master’s Degree in Mountain Medicine, Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and the Royal Geographical Society

Qualified Advanced Life Support Instructor, previous certificates in Advanced Paediatric (APLS) and Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Prehospital Emergency Care (PHECC)

Currently undertaking a PhD into the physiology of paraglider pilots

Jocky Sanderson

International guide since 1990, taking groups of paraglider pilots on expeditions around the world

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team Member for 18 years

North-west Ambulance First Responder for 18 years


Stage I

Preparation and Prevention

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


Stage II

Scene Management


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


Stage III

Casualty Care


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


Stage IV

After an Incident

- Follow up and debriefing
- Insurance and repatriation

The Flight Park : Our base for the First Aid Course