I have been doing first aid courses for over ten years, including within polar regions. However, Fred was a very visual, descriptive and hands on practically when teaching and explaining various first aid. He gave the course a good structure and also put it in perspective for our needs. He made First Aid feel less overwhelming and more managable, he did this by explaining techqniues clearly and matter of fact but also putting it into perspective with demonstrations or using various teaching methods from getting us to work in groups/pairs/one on one and also got us outside in the rain to make it more ‘real’. Overall the course was a great benefit to all of us here at SAMS, it’s also made me more confident for the activies that I complete outside of work.

Sarah Reed, SAMS Ltd (FAW 3 day)

Our mountain rescue team has used BASP for our 3 yearly first aid course for the last 19 years. Without exception, all the trainers have been interesting, experienced, flexible and knowledgeable and have made the training practical and fun. (Trainers in May 2019 – Iain Murray, Mark Fair & Jeff Starkey)


Robin Saxby, Oban MRT (2 Day Outdoor Emergency)

Jon is highly experienced and has so much good knowledge and skills to impart. It was a pleasure to be trained by him.

Carol Muirhead, Culloden Academy (2 Day Outdoor Emergency)

Gerard was very knowledgable and helpful throughout the two days. He has a breadth of experience of countless relevant emergency situations to give context to the course content.

Justin McGirr (Angus Duke of Edinburgh Association) 2 Day Outdoor Emergency

This course was fantastic. Evelyn explained everything really well and the resources/scenarios helped set the scene very well. I would recommend Evelyn to anyone looking to train in outdoor first aid!

Kerry McEwan, Bowmar Community Centre (2 Day Outdoor Emergency Course)

Both Mark Tennant and Fred Cochrane have a wealth of knowledge. Great enthusiasm from them during the course and the scenarios were very relevant to the scouts, the location it was held at which is often used by my group. Set in a very remote location often used by my group which was excellent. All the equipment was in very good condition. The medical aids e.g. bandages and splints were all new none of this having to use old or poor equipment. The mix of indoor and outdoor was good meant you weren’t getting bored sitting inside all day.

Alastair McGuinness, Meggernie Scouts (2 day Outdoor Emergency)

Fantastic course. Rod and Lynne as instructors are also fantastic. Very informative and very good at explaining for the uninformed. Highly recommend them to anyone taking this course.

Ian MacPhee, Glenmore Lodge (EMT Course)

Chris provided a great course and level of instruction, the topic was well covered, direct and got straight to the point, but with good humour and fully engaged the group. One of the best first aid courses I have been on the past 20 + years.

Ian Brown, Loch Insh (2 Day Outdoor Emergency First Aid Course)

(Fred Cochrane) This is the best outdoor first aid course I’ve been to. The scenarios and management were realistic, very relevant and engaging. Fred was encouraging and knowledgeable and put us at ease while also watching our practice closely and giving helpful feedback and lots of space to ask questions. I really appreciated his sensitivity to the emotional aspects of dealing with trauma, and his pacing of the learning. The asssessment felt balanced, fair and easy to take on the information as it was done in a relaxed atmosphere.

Margaret Kerr, Birnam Arts Centre (2 Day Outdoor Emergency)

Molly was incredibly knowledgeable and professional. She delivered the information in an organized way and added her own experience to the material which made it easer to learn and understand. There was a lot of information covered but she made it fun. She controlled the class at all times, stayed on course/time schedule and ensured that everyone had enough time/attention to understand the material. I didn’t expect learning first aid to be so much fun but it really was. Molly was terrific!

Sarah Nicoli, Tamworth (2 Day Outdoor Emergency)