About Us

Welcome to Marlin - "Innovative, Systematic, Tailored First Aid Training"

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Why Choose Marlin Training

Marlin is a training and consultancy company based in Birmingham, England who teach first aid, food hygiene, health and safety and team building through outdoor pursuits.

We have a number of unique features which we hope will be of interest:-

Courses for groups run on your premises

100% Money Back Guarantee

Training Tailored to Your Needs

"Active Learning"

The Marlin Difference

Marlin's Guarantee

We are so confident of the quality of our courses that we offer:-

A unique, no-quibble 100% money back guarantee

Part 1:-

"If you are not happy with the course by the end of the first session, then simply return your materials in a saleable condition for a full refund."

Part 2:-

"If you take an active part in the course, but do not pass - then you will receive a full refund."

"If you're not happy, we're not happy!"

See booking conditions for full details.

Tailored Courses

Choking BabyAt Marlin, we do not believe in delivering "off the shelf" programmes, and so we tailor all of our courses to the students' specific needs within the confines of the syllabus. With first aid, for example, we tackle the sort of scenarios that you encounter.

For in-house courses our instructors will discuss the course before hand with a manager to ensure that the contents will be suitable and tailor any projects or scenarios to your work environment.

With open courses, it is obviously more difficult to be exactly specific but the instructor will ask everyone what they do and then cover everyone’s requirements.

Additionally, we also have full video editing facilities, so for large contracts we can produce specific training videos for your company, shot on your premises, covering the sort of work you do, or the sort of accidents you have, eg. lots of burns in a kitchen.

Bespoke Training

ForestersIn addition to tailoring our "standard" courses, we also offer a complete bespoke service within our range of expertise.

Bespoke courses can range from a combination of modules from our standard courses to completely new courses. All courses would include training aids, such as videos and slides, and student workbooks and certificates. All of these items could be produced with your name and logo if you wish.

Bespoke courses that we have recently produced include a first aid course for foresters, which covers "Adult First Aid" plus child CPR and some of the extra outdoor activities skills, since they are some way from help.

We have also designed a course for a close protection company which includes the "Emergency First Aid" course and an extra module on trauma, including gun shot wounds.

Marlin's Active Learning System

Active Learning

"Active learning" involves the student taking an active part in their own learning. There is no sitting at the back falling asleep in our courses!

"Active Learning" includes:-

Research has shown that 35% of people are primarily visual learners (pictures/words), 25% are primarily auditory learners, (conversation/lectures) and the remaining 40% are primarily physical learners (hands on/doing). Therefore only 25% of students learn effectively from traditional lecture- based teaching. Consequently, many people fail at school and vow never to try learning again.

At Marlin our courses are different. They are designed by postgraduate educationalists and all of our staff hold formal adult teaching qualifications.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a popular, if poorly understood term, used by many training organisations. It basically means learning by doing, ie. lots of hands on practice. However, there is more to it than just 'doing'.

In 1956, an educationalist named Kolb designed a cycle of experiential learning which stated that whilst people learn by doing it is also necessary to understand what you are doing and why. For example, a mother with five children has lots of experience and a professor of child development has lots of conceptual knowledge, but neither is guaranteed to be a good parent as you need some of both!

Kolb’s cycle consists of 4 parts (see table). All parts of the cycle must happen for effective learning to take place.


the actual doing


thinking about what you did


making sense of what you did


planning what to do next

As they develop, learners tend to favour one or two of the four parts of the cycle: ie. activists prefer doing, pragmatists prefer experimentation, reflectors prefer reflecting and theorists prefer conceptualisation. If a learner then chooses a course that uses a different part of the cycle to the one that they prefer, then they may learn very little, eg. theorists or pragmatists do badly on practical courses.

Our courses therefore utilise all aspects of Kolb’s Cycle to ensure that effective learning take place for all learners.

Seeing, Hearing and Doing

Considerable research has also shown that people learn best when all of the senses are utilised. In practice, this means: seeing, hearing and touch (ie. doing), since taste and smell are only relevant to a small number of courses, such as cookery.

Our courses therefore have a wide range of learning aids, such as multimedia, instructor demonstrations, course books, discussion and hands on practice with relevant equipment.

Cooperative Practice

On many hands on courses it is usually a case of "OK, who wants to go first?" followed by each student coming out and demonstrating in front of the class. This is extremely stressful, so instead Marlin students work in groups of two or three with workbooks and any equipment they need. They then help each other to learn while the instructor observes from a distance.

This 'cooperative learning' is far more effective as the students have contributed to their own learning.

Low Stress

Students often comment on how our stress free, cooperative learning has helped them develop their skills and confidence.


Multimedia learning aids consist of videos, slides or OHPs and a whiteboard on which to make notes.

Videos are useful for showing students actual events, such as a patient having a heart attack, whilst slides are better for showing text notes, such as signs and symptoms or a list of harmful bacteria. The whiteboard is useful for instructor elaboration or student thoughts and ideas.

Positive Reinforcement

Obviously, the instructor will correct bad technique, but students are never told, "No, that’s hopeless, don't do it that way!". Such negative reinforcement prevents learning and discourages students from trying their new skills.


Perhaps most importantly we aim for our courses to be fun and if students are not laughing within half an hour then something is wrong.

Marlin’s 'Active Learning' methodology will ensure that your learning is accelerated and you will remember the skills and knowledge for years to come.

The Secret of Effective Training

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Our customers continually confirm that our courses are very different from the industry standard. We realise that staff learn by getting involved and enjoying themselves, not by falling asleep at the back. All of our courses are designed by professional postgraduate educationalists and use the 'Active Learning' methodology to ensure effective learning. We call this the "Marlin Difference":-

High Quality Learning

Positive, Confident Students

Excellent Value for Money

Fully Recognised

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