First Aid requirements

First Aid requirements

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To be insured to coach, lead or instruct using British Cycling’s Insurance for Coaches, Leaders and Instructors you must also hold a valid emergency first aid certificate.

For most courses, this can be completed before or after the course though we recommend completing it before you attend your training course so that, on completion of the course, you can begin leading or coaching right away. Please note that trainee Level 2 coaches will be required to have a valid certificate before the assessment day.

Select the appropriate button to find out what First Aid qualification you must hold.

I am training to be a:

MTB Leader

Coach

Cycle Instructor

Ride Leader

What are the First Aid requirements?

Mountain Bike Leaders

Mountain bike leaders must have a current two-day Outdoor First Aid Certificate or equivalent. Three or four-day First Aid at Work certificates are a satisfactory substitute but it is recommended that the two day outdoor certificate is undertaken on renewal.

Your chosen two-day Outdoor First Aid course must contain content relevant to managing casualties in an outdoor environment. These align to the requirements in Band 3 and 4 of the Institute for Outdoor Learning’s first aid guidance.
 It is suggested that the course include 16 hours of contact time.

Once you have completed your training you should email a legible copy of your certificate to mtbleadership@britishcycling.org.uk.

Coaches

Coaches must have a current six-hour Emergency First Aid in the workplace qualification as a minimum.

The course must cover:

  • What to do in an emergency
  • The role of the first aider
  • Dealing with an unconscious casualty
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Dealing with the wounded and bleeding
  • Minor Injuries (small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)
  • Choking
  • Contents of a first aid kit.
  • Accident reporting.

Once you have completed your training you should upload your certificate through your Dashboard on the British Cycling website.

NSI Cycle Training Instructors

Instructors must have a current six-hour Emergency First Aid in the workplace qualification as a minimum.

The course must cover:

  • What to do in an emergency
  • The role of the first aider
  • Dealing with an unconscious casualty
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – including babies and children
  • Dealing with the wounded and bleeding
  • Minor Injuries (small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)
  • Choking
  • Contents of a first aid kit.
  • Accident reporting.

Once you have completed your training you should upload your certificate through your Dashboard on the British Cycling website.

British Cycling Ride Leaders

Leaders must have a current three-hour Emergency First Aid certificate as a minimum.

The course must cover:

  • What to do in an emergency
  • Dealing with an unconscious casualty
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Dealing with the wounded and bleeding

British Cycling has collaborated with British Red Cross to create bespoke first aid training for volunteer Guided Ride Leaders and Breeze Champions called First Aid for Leading Rides.

Find a course

Once you have completed your training you should upload your certificate through your Dashboard on the British Cycling website.

Discounts with British Red Cross

All British Cycling members can access a 25% discount off British Red Cross’s Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (1 day) or £5 off the Basic First Aid for Adults course.

Find your nearest available course and then call British Red Cross on 0845 564 3724, quoting your British Cycling membership number to access the discount.

If you have any questions surrounding first aid training, then please don't hesitate to contact education@britishcycling.org.uk