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Colin Buxton

Colin Buxton has been working in the outdoor industry for over 10 years. As well as running first aid courses under the REC banner and being a First Responder in Emergency Care he also offers kayaking and climbing courses through his other company: www.creekandclimb.org.uk.

Colin’s skills and qualifications include;

  • REC First Aid Trainer

  • First Responce in Emergency Care Level 3

  • BCU Aspirant L5 Inland Kayak Coach

  • WW leader 5*, coaching process course

  • 4* Sea Kayak leader & Moderate Endorsement

  • 4* Surf trained

  • 3* Open Canoe

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  • Mountain Leader

  • SPA

  • Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader

  • Ba (hons) Outdoor Leadership

He has always had a passion for the outdoors, from being carried on his Dad’s back through Hayfield as a toddler to first learning to kayak at Scouts. He has since gone on to study a degree in Outdoor Leadership.

His main passion is kayaking, having kayaked extensively in the UK, Alps, Slovenia, Portugal, Italy, Pyrenees and California.

He has climbed all over the UK but particularly loves the climbing in the Peak District and has also climbed in France, Spain and Cyprus.

Colin started working in the outdoors for Plas-Y-Brenin and Outward Bound and has since worked as a freelance instructor for many other companies.

About Rescue Emergency Care (REC)

Rescue Emergency Care (REC) is a well-known and respected first aid training organisation founded in the mid 1980’s by Dr Robert Phillips while working in remote healthcare and adventure rescue services. REC was set up to provide a comprehensive and flexible training programme that extends the competency of the participants. This unique style of first aid training has been delivered by REC trainers throughout the UK and Europe for over 20 years.


REC believes that access to first aid and trainer training should be inclusive and ensures that individuals from all walks of life can take the opportunity to train or be trained in first aid. REC specialises in training the trainer so that organisations can fulfill their own training needs. The courses are practical and innovative which brings a fresh dimension to learning first aid.


Rescue Emergency Care strives to provide candidates with a unique learning experience that is completely relevant to their needs, with specific environmental and work place considerations.


Our courses have been the popular choice of the Sports Governing Bodies including the MLTB, BCU, RYA for many years.

In October 2013, the HSE (England, Scotland and Wales) ceased its role in the approval of first aid training organisations for First aid at Work.

To comply with your legal duties under the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, you need to choose appropriate and adequate training, to meet your needs and to choose your first aid provider with due diligence. REC meets and exceeds the HSE’s requirements.  These changes have not taken place in Northern Ireland, where REC remains an HSE approved organisation.

A range of different courses are available from beginner through to advanced level for all participants. We have also developed more specialised courses to meet the demands of our clients