1st Response training

Training for all volunteers to give first aid and manage emergency situations

1st Response is Girlguiding's own first aid course

It will train you to provide first aid to members in emergencies - in or outside of your unit meeting place. The course was created specifically for members of Girlguiding and The Scout Association.

What will I learn?

  • Gain simple life-saving first aid skills that are relevant to your role.
  • Develop the confidence and skills required to cope with emergency and first aid situations.
  • Understand how to manage these emergencies.

See the full 1st Response syllabus checklist for details of everything the course covers.

This training covers all types of activities in guiding, including residential events.

For some outdoor activity qualifications you will need to complete a 16-hour first aid course. See the individiual pages for outdoor activities under our Activity Finder for more details.

Who should take this course?

Everyone in a volunteer role with us is encouraged to complete 1st Response training. It is especially useful for Commissioners, Leaders, Young Leaders, Unit Helpers and Unit Occasional Helpers. Members of The Senior Section can also choose to do the course as part of their personal development.

The following members are required to attend the training:

  • those completing the Leadership Qualification without a valid equivalent first aid qualification
  • Commissioners.

One person in every Unit Leadership team must have a valid first aid qualification. Find out more about requirements for named first aiders in your unit.

If you already have a first aid qualification, you may not need to attend our 1st Response course. Find out what external first aid qualifications are accepted by Girlguiding as equivalent to 1st Response.

How long will it take?

This course takes six hours to complete.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the course will vary from area to area and training may be free in some places. You can claim these costs back from your unit.

Speak to your Unit Leader, Commissioner, Training Adviser or Leadership Qualification Mentor for advice about paying for your course.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in attending a 1st Response training, speak to your Unit Leader, Commissioner, Training Coordinator or Leadership Qualification Mentor, who will be able to let you know what upcoming training events are planned in your area.