First Aid Training

Carrying a properly stocked First Aid kit on a walk is not optional. Every person on the walk must carry their own, it's not the Leaders responsibility to provide this. To help you get started, here is a handy list of contents that should be included in your first aid kit.

SBW strongly encourages all members (not just leaders) to be trained in First Aid and to keep these skills up to date.

First Aid training subsidy

In order to further encourage training and leadership in the Club, and to make it easier for Members to obtain and upgrade their first aid qualifications, the Committee in January 2012 approved the following enhanced incentives:


  • The Club will reimburse the cost of a two-day Senior First Aid certificate, such as Apply First Aid, or a one-day Re-certification course, for members who have undertaken a minimum of 7 programmed activity days in the previous 12 months. This represents a reduction from the previous 10 such activities.
  • The Club will also allow new Members to count the days they did as a Prospective towards the 7 days.


The Club will reimburse:

  • The cost of a Senior First Aid certificate, such as Apply First Aid, or the cost of a one-day recertification, for all activity leaders, Leaders are defined as members who have led a minimum of one trip in the previous 12 months and have submitted a trip for the next program.
  • The cost of a two-day remote area first aid certificate, such as Remote Area First Aid (RAFA) for all activity leaders. Note a pre-requisite for this course is that participants hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate.

Members and leaders who wish to claim reimbursement should keep a copy of their course registration and results, and send an electronic copy to and also to the Skills Enhancement Secretary

The following websites are provided for your reference:

Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad - First Aid Courses

Red Cross College

St John Ambulance

In addition to your First Aid training and qualifications, SBW has produced the following documents to assist our Leaders and Members.

In addition, check out St Johns First Aid Fact Sheets which have good information on many different situations, including:

  • DRSABCD Action Plan / Resuscitation
  • Bites and stings Quick Guide
  • Burns and scalds
  • Choking adult / child (over 1 year)
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Heart attack
  • Heat-induced conditions
  • Poisoning
  • Severe bleeding
  • Shock
  • Snake bite
  • Spider bites
  • Sprains and strain

New Members Information Night
New Members Information Nights are held every month except January, at 16 Fitzroy Street Kirribilli, 7:30pm - 8:30 pm on the second Wednesday the month.


February 2017 - Autumn Program released!

The Autumn Program for 2017 is now out and has been emailed to members. Check it out for lots of great walks around Sydney and beyond. If you haven't got your copy, it can be downloaded from the Member's Area of the website. You'll need to login to access it.


Prospective Members, watch your Qs

Are you a Prospective Member and have completed your Qualifying (Q) day walks and overnight trip as well as the first aid and navigation training requirements? If yes, then you're eligible to become a Full Member!


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