St John Provide First Aid over 1 day OR St John Remote First Aid over 3 days

The St John Ambulance Provide First Aid course covers a broad range of topics to enable participants to confidently manage emergency situations and provide a first aid response to a casualty. It is suitable to both people in workplaces and members of the public who want training in first aid. Provide First Aid courses offered through BWRS cover all the normal content, but with an outdoors slant. The course accredits participants in the HLTAID003 "Provide First Aid" unit of competency.

Alternatively, Bushwalkers who attend an additional two days can gain a St John Ambulance Remote First Aid certificate. The course accredits participants in the HLTAID005 "Provide first aid in remote situations" unit of competency.

Note: the St John Ambulance Remote First Aid course is not the same as the BWRS Remote Area First Aid courses we used to run.


Universal Student Identifier (USI) number

It is a requirement of St John that all participants provide a USI number.

You will NOT be able to register for this course without a USI. If you have not gained one yet, apply on-line at before registering for the first aid course. It is free of charge and only takes a few minutes.


Provide First Aid (HLTAID003)

The Provide First Aid course (formerly Apply First Aid or Senior First Aid) has two components:

  • Pre-course learning. The pre-course on-line learning is a compulsory part of the course, and must be completed before you attend the face-to-face day. Theory content can be found on this link. This content will be in the theory assessment on the face-to-face day.
  • A 1 day face-to-face session. The focus of the practical day will be practical skills and assessment and a theory exam. There is no specific teaching of theory content on the face-to-face day – it is assumed all participants will have completed the on-line material.


Provide First Aid in Remote Situations (HLTAID005)

The Remote First Aid course includes all the Provide First Aid content, plus additional modules covering first aid in situations where medical aid will be delayed. This course is designed to meet the first aid needs of bushwalkers, climbers, canyoners, cavers, 4WD enthusiasts, outdoor/adventure instructors, wilderness guides, Scout leaders or people who work and live in remote and/or isolated locations.



Belinda is an outdoor enthusiast and can often be seen out in the bush, in wild places. She is also a regular Navshield First Aider. 

She is a member of the Scouts NSW Division of St John Ambulance.

In this particular course, Belinda places extra emphasis on treatment for typical outdoor injuries, particularly when medical assistance may be delayed.


Course Dates

Provide First Aid/Remote First Aid - day one - Sunday 21 May 2017 (08:30-16:30)

Remote First Aid - days two and three -  27-28 May 2017 (08:30-16:30)

Registration closing date Thursday 11 May 2017 (19:00)

Registration closes when available places are taken or 10 days before the course (St John requirement) and no late registrations can be accepted.

We will run a course around November 2017. Dates will be announced here when they are confirmed.



Bara Brui Scout hall, Hunter Avenue, St Ives. Entry is via a driveway in Hunter Avenue. The course is run in the second hall at the end of this driveway.


Course Cost

Provide First Aid $93

Remote First Aid (includes Provide First Aid) $189

NOTE: This is a discount price because our trainer is a St John volunteer.

Full payment of the course fee is required to confirm your place on the course.


Course Payments

Electronic direct deposit to BWRS account is the preferred method.

BSB 062-000
Account 1094 4466
Name Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad Inc
Important Please ensure that you put your name and registraion booking reference number in the transfer notes.





Alternatively, you can deposit a cheque into the BWRS account at any Commonwealth Bank branch or post office. Print this Commonwealth deposit slip (in landscape format) for use with Commonwealth Bank branch deposits (not Post Office).

Important: if you deposit at a branch, please email with the details (your name, location of branch/post office, date deposited) otherwise we won’t know who the payment has come from.


When is the Course Payment Due?

You are not enrolled in this Provide First Aid course until full payment is made. This policy has been adopted because of ongoing problems with other booking methods. The LAST date for payment is 8 days before the course, however it is better to pay ASAP and be sure you have a place.


What do I Need to Bring to the Course?

  • There is not enough time during the 45 minute lunch break to go out and buy food. Please bring a plate of cold food to share for lunch (sandwiches, quiche, fruit etc).
  • You will need to bring two bath towels plus a pencil/pen so you can make your own notes in the manual.
  • Wear comfortable clothes suitable for practical work on a carpeted floor.
  • Long hair should be tied back.  Avoid jewellery and make-up.
  • 3rd edition Jenolan 1:25,000 topographical map.
  • Remote First Aid course only - bring a pack with normal weekend bushwalking gear (minus food) for use in scenarios. Suggestions for suitable equipment can be found here and here.

Note that you must have completed the pre-reading before attending the course. The pre-reading is available here.

Bushwalkers doing the Remote First Aid course must bring a pack containing gear suitable for an overnight walk. This equipment will be used as improvised first aid equipment in practice scenarios.


What Will be Provided at the Course?

  • Bandages and dressings
  • Tea/coffee/milk/sugar will be available for morning and afternoon tea.

Please inform the instructor by email or on the course if you have any illness or injury that may require attention during the course. We will do our best to accommodate everybody. All personal information will be kept confidential.

If you do not pass the theory exam (at least 80%) there will be an opportunity to resit the exam at the St John office in Burwood within six weeks of the class.


Course Examination

The written exam (46 multiple choice questions) will presume you are thoroughly familiar with the course pre-reading. To pass you must answer 80% of questions correctly in each of three sections.

Practical assessments (resuscitation and scenarios) will be conducted by the trainer throughout the day.

What if I don't pass? You will have six weeks to re-sit any of the three course components (exam, scenarios, resuscitation) at another St John course. This can be arranged by phoning St John head office in Burwood.


Who Can I Contact if I Have Further Questions?

You can email questions to


How Do I Enrol?

The maximum number of students for each course is 18. The best way to make sure you don’t miss out is to register and pay early. You do not have a confirmed place in the class until you have registered on-line and paid in full.

You MUST have a USI number before you commence the registration process

Once you have your USI number, click on the link below and complete the registration details.

When you complete the registration process and click “submit” this will generate an automatic email confirming your registration. If you don’t get a confirmation email, let us know.



Please carefully consider your commitment to learn First Aid at this course. If you need to withdraw from the course the refund we can give you will depend on when you notify us of your intention to withdraw:

  • More than two weeks before the course: 50% refund.
  • Two weeks or less before the course: NO refund.


Before you register - YOU MUST HAVE A USI NUMBER. If you do not have a USI number you must get one before proceeding to register. Read the top of this page for details on how to get a USI number.