Spiderbite & Scorpion Sting First Aid Course

Presented by Southern African authority on spiderbites and scorpion stings

The training course contains the most factual information currently available on medically important spiders and scorpions. It’s designed to equip participants with the knowledge and understanding that when a spider or scorpion related medical emergency occurs, it can be dealt with effectively and quickly. Presented by Jonathan Leeming

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.
  • Spiderbite first aid overview.
  • Identification.
  • Medically important spiders.
  • Other spiders.
  • Envenomation management.
  • When to seek professional medical advice.
  • What not to do!
  • Spiderbite misdiagnosis.
  • Antivenom.
  • Summary.


  • Introduction.
  • Scorpion first aid overview.
  • Identification.
  • Venomosity rule of thumb.
  • Envenomation management.
  • When to Consult a Doctor.
  • 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.

No prior knowledge of spiders or scorpions is necessary. The course includes:

  • All writing materials.
  • Workbook.
  • Assessment.
  • Certificate.
  • Presented by Southern Africa's leading authority on Spider bites and scorpion stings. 

Jonathan Leeming

Jonathan Leeming is southern Africa’s leading authority on spider bite and scorpion sting first response. He has been assisting medical professionals, organisations, consulting for poison information helplines, and been a panel member and presenter at medical conferences for the past 15 years. His work has shaped how spider bites and scorpion stings are treated in Southern Africa, and has defined and inspired a generation. Jonathan is a best selling author, award winning conservationist and international speaker.

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  1. Every time I have interaction with JL, I learn so much! The Spider Bites Scorpion Sting first aid course should be a for all parents who take their children camping, on walks or picnics. Thank you Jonathan for a wonderful morning.

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