This week I renewed a certificate that everyone should possess.

Being qualified in First Aid is perhaps one of the most essential core skills for the walker.

As we all know accidents can happen when you very least expect them and being prepared for to handle situations correctly can mean the difference between and life and death.

The Walk Fife team members all have some form of First Aid certification whether it be for use in the work place or on the hills and we always encourage others to attain training and certification for themselves.

This week I attended a 2 day course to renew my Emergency First Aid qualification for the use in the outdoors. The course takes place in the hills and features some really quite horrific mock up of accidents and injuries.

The realism really helps to drum the training into the participants and when combined with bad weather (it tipped it down) it really does give you the feeling of urgency and highlights the importance of keeping a level head.

Some people worry that they won’t able to handle the sight of blood or that the course will be too complicated and technical for them to understand but really these are fears are best ignored as many courses are geared towards countering these concerns allowing almost anyone to access training.

Most First Aid certification has to be renewed every 3 years to ensure that you are kept up to date with any changes in techniques making it important to keep a note of when you need to sign up to a course to renew yours.

As the course took place in the hills I took full advantage afterwards to gain some more miles towards my goal of 4000 miles despite the weather.

Week 34 lessons

I was glad that I attended the course this week as I needed to brush up on some of the core First Aid skills especially as I have rarely had to use the various techniques I have learned to actual use over the past 3 years.

Walking on…

Week 35 is going to be packed with coastal walking as the Walk Fife team explore some of the hidden historical gems that stretch along our magnificent coastline.

If you have any questions about this challenge or anything Walk Fife related, then please drop me a email at or direct message me through my twitter account @SDMakin.

Catch up with you again next week.

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