Spider Bite & Scorpion Sting First Aid Course

 9am to 1pm, 7th March 202, Kloofendal Nature Reserve

Date Sunday 7th March 2021

Time 9am to 1pm

Location Kloofendal Nature Reserve Environmental Centre

Bookings Cost Includes all training materials, refreshments and certificate. 

  • Adult R490 per person.
  • Pensioner R440 per person.
  • Child under 13 years of age R390 per child. (must be accompanied by an adult)

Limited to 45 participants bookings. Bookings to be made online. Please note that anyone booking after the 21st January will have their certificates emailed to them. 

Covid-19 All Covid-19 precautions will be taken to ensure your safety. Temperatures will be taken at the door and a register of attendees will be kept. No more than 45 participants.

If you have a copy of Scorpions of Southern Africa, please bring it along to be signed. 

Details Jonathan Leeming is author of Scorpions of Southern African, and southern Africa's foremost expert on spider and scorpion envenomation. He consults for various medical organisations on the topic of arachnid envenomation and speaks at medical conferences.

This spider bite and scorpion sting first aid course will give the participants the understanding and knowledge to:

  • Prepare for a spiderbite or scorpion sting emergency. 
  • Act effectively in the case of a spiderbite of scorpion sting. 
  • Apply effective first aid. 
  • Understand when professional medical intervention is required. 

Course Outline


  • Perceptions/ first aid misinformation and medical advice.
  • Overview of Southern African envenomations. 
  • Roles and responsibility.
  • Sources of Understanding.
  • Composition of venoms and how they work.


  • Introduction.
  • Identification.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Spider envenomation overview.
  • Medically important spiders.
  • Other spiders.
  • Envenomation management.
  • When to seek professional medical advice.
  • What not to do!
  • Spiderbite misdiagnosis.
  • Antivenom.
  • Summary.


  • Introduction.
  • Identification.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Scorpion envenomation overview. 
  • Venomosity rule of thumb.
  • Envenomation management.
  • When to seek professional medical advice.
  • What not to do!
  • Scorpion sting misdiagnosis.
  • Antivenom.
  • Summary.

Wrapping up

  • Bites of unknown origin.
  • Animal envenomation management.
  • MRSA.
  • Poison Information Helpline.
  • South African Vaccine Producers.
  • Emergency preparedness.
  • First aid supplies.

The course includes:

  • All writing materials.
  • Workbook.
  • Assessment.
  • Certificate.

No prior knowledge of spiders, scorpions or first aid is necessary.

Map to Kloofendal Nature Reserve

Jonathan Leeming

Jonathan Leeming is author of 9 books (Scorpions of southern Africa, Scorpions of Sabi Sands, Spider & Scorpion Risk Assessment, Venomous Animal General Awareness, Risk Assessment & First Aid, Antivenom Management, General Awareness, First Aid Guide To Spider Bites & Scorpion Stings). 

He consults for the Poison Information Helpline, various organisations and speaks at medical conferences on the subject of envenomation. Best selling author, international professional speaker and award winning conservationist, Jonathan brings a fresh and unique insight into the subject of venomous animals and their bites and stings.

Friends Of Kloofendal Nature Reserve

Friends of Kloofendal is an open conservation NGO (NPO No 092-239) that focuses on the Kloofendal Nature Reserve in the suburb of Kloofendal in the West of Johannesburg.  Our Vision focuses on preservation, ecology and education.

Friends of Kloofendal have been arranging guided nature walks on a wide variety of topics since 2003.  Walks last two hours or a little longer and are led by guides who are either recognized experts in their fields or are FGASA qualified.

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