I've spent the last two evenings at the Red Cross training centre with a couple colleagues doing a basic first aid course. School has paid for it (bonus!) as it means I can teach first aid skills to my health and social care students in the new year. The course included bits of everything and was quite a lot to take in. I'll have to do a bit of reading up as well, before I feel confident to either practise first aid or teach it.
This level of course is not meant to make me an expert so there was no formal assessment. At some point I'll need to do the specialist outdoors first aid course for my walking group leader's qualification. This is a full weekend course with assessments and is quite expensive. I'd hate to fail it and now feel more confident that I won't because I now have basic knowledge and skills and won't be starting it cold.
Doing the course meant I had two very long days and feel completely knackered, but it seems well worth it.