Provide First Aid 

Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) is a one (1) day 9.00am – 4.00pm face to face course with an accredited Surf Life Saving instructor.

**Participants will need to complete a flexible online learning task prior to attending the practical session. Workbooks are also available for participants who do not have computer access.

Course Content

The Provide First Aid course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to manage emergency First Aid situations and deliver competent emergency care until the arrival of professional medical support.

Once completed, participants will obtain a First Aid certificate valid for three years. The course aligns to the National Guideline Standards for First Aid and meets NT Worksafe standards.

Upon completion participants will have the skills to:

Follow DRSABCD in line with ARC guidelines, including:

  • Perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (5 cycles of both compressions and ventilations) on an adult resuscitation manikin placed on the floor
  • Perform at least 2 minutes of uninterrupted single rescuer CPR (5 cycles both compressions and ventilations) on an infant resuscitation manikin placed on a firm surface
  • Respond appropriately in the event of regurgitation or vomiting
  • Manage an unconscious breathing casualty
  • Follow single rescue procedure, including the demonstration of a rotation of operators with minimal interruptions to compressions
  • Follow the prompts of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Respond to at least two simulated first aid scenarios contextualised to the candidate’s workplace/community setting, including:
  • Conduct a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty
  • Demonstrate safe manual handling techniques
  • Post-incident debrief and evaluation
  • Provide an accurate verbal or written report of the incident
  • Apply first aid procedures for the following:
  • Allergic reaction
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bleeding control
  • Choking and airway obstruction
  • Envenomation, using pressure immobilisation
  • Fractures, sprains and strains, using arm slings, roller bandages or other appropriate immobilisation techniques
  • Respiratory distress, including asthma
  • Shock
  • The principles of First Aid and its application
  • Recognition and management of emergency situations
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Treatment of shock, infection, fractures, bleeding and burns
  • Emergencies due to lack of oxygen, excess heat or cold
  • Recognition and management of medical conditions that may need emergency care, including heart attack, stroke, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy
  • Management of common medical emergencies
  • Treatment of poisoning including venomous bites and stings

Participants will also develop knowledge relating to State/Territory regulations, first aid codes of practice and workplace procedures including:

  • ARC Guidelines relevant to provision of CPR and first aid
  • Safe work practices to minimise risks and potential hazards
  • Infection control principles and procedures, including use of standard precautions
  • Requirements for currency of skill and knowledge
  • Legal, workplace and community considerations including:
  • Awareness of potential need for stress-management techniques and available support following an emergency situation
  • Duty of care requirements
  • Respectful behaviour towards a casualty
  • Own skills and limitations
  • Consent
  • Privacy and confidentiality requirements
  • Importance of debriefing
  • Considerations when providing first aid including:
  • Airway obstruction due to body position
  • Appropriate duration and cessation of CPR
  • Appropriate use of an AED
  • Chain of survival
  • Standard precautions
  • How to conduct a visual and verbal assessment of the casualty
  • Principles and procedures for first aid management of the following scenarios:
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Allergic reaction
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Basic care of a wound
  • Bleeding control
  • Burns
  • Cardiac conditions, including chest pain
  • Choking and airway obstruction
  • Crush injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Dislocations
  • Drowning
  • Envenomation
  • Environmental impact, including hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration and heat stroke
  • Eye and ear injuries
  • Fractures
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Head, neck and spinal injurie
  • Minor skin injuries
  • Needle stick injuries
  • Poisoning and toxic substances
  • Respiratory distress, including asthma
  • Seizures, including epilepsy
  • Shock
  • Soft tissue injuries, including strains and, sprains
  • Stroke
  • Unconsciousness
  • Basic anatomy and physiology relating to:
    • How to recognise a person is not breathing normally
    • Chest
    • Response/consciousness
    • Upper airway and effect of positional change
    • Considerations in provision of first aid for specified conditions

Course Pre-requisite

The minimum age requirement is 13 years of age.


After successfully completing the training, participants will obtain a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

  • HLTAID001 Provide CPR
  • HLTAID002 Provide Basic Emergency Life Support
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid 


Your First Aid Certificate is valid for 3 years. It is a recommendation of the Australian Resuscitation Council and Surf Life Saving NT that the CPR component is updated every 12 months.

More Information

For more information on our courses please contact:
SLSNT Education Manager
Sam Edwards 
Phone: (08) 89856588