If I'm to do the training to become a walking group leader, I first need to have a relevant first aid qualification. The one I need is a bit different and a bit more involved than the bog standard one, as a first aid necessitating incident in the middle of nowhere, well out of mobile phone reception range, is a whole lot different to being in an a situation where you can expect an ambulance within 10 minutes.
There are weekend courses I can do for this in the Peak District and at some point I'll get round to doing one. However, in the meantime I'm about to do a first aid course for school. This is a basic course over two evenings and will qualify me not only as a basic first aider, but will also allow me to teach first aid to some of my students. All good practice for when I come to do the big one.
The course I'm doing next month is offered by the Red Cross and is only about £37. But as an added bonus, school are paying, so it's not costing me anything!