Spiderbite And Scorpion Sting First Aid Course

Friday 9am to 1pm, 25th September 2020

Date Friday 25th September 2020

Time 9am to 1pm

Location Marloth park (exact venue to be announced)

Bookings Cost is R485 per person. Includes all training materials. Limited to 40 participants bookings can be made online. Please remember to book early to secure your place.

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.

Copies of Scorpions of Scorpions of Southern Africa can be purchased upon booking. If you already have a copy of Scorpions of Southern Africa, please bring it along to be signed. 

The course includes:

  • Writing equipment
  • Workbook
  • Assessment
  • Refreshments

Course Outline

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. 

No prior knowledge of spiders or scorpions is necessary.


  • Welcome
  • The ego effect
  • Overview of Southern African envenomations
  • Roles and responsibility
  • Sources of Understanding
  • Venom


  • Introduction
  • Identification
  • Medically important spiders
  • Button spiders
  • Sac spider
  • Violin spider
  • Six eyed sand spider
  • Other spiders
  • First aid
  • When to consult a doctor?
  • What not to do!
  • Canine envenomation


  • Introduction
  • Identification
  • Venomosity rule of thumb
  • Highly venomous scorpions
  • Mildly venomous scorpions
  • Weakly venomous scorpions
  • Symptoms
  • Comparative symptoms
  • First aid
  • When to consult a doctor
  • What not to do!
  • Canine Envenomation


  • Bites of unknown origin
  • First aid kit supplies
  • MRSA
  • Poison information helpline
  • South African vaccine producers
  • Downloads, resources and further information

Covid-19 Precautions & Guidelines

All Covid-19 precautions and guidelines will be adhered to. No mask (a face shield is not a mask), no walk, no exceptions. 

This half day course is presented in English. Private courses can be arranged for conservation groups, outdoor clubs and corporates.

Bookings Link

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Presented by 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. Steve Biko Academic Hospital. Swaziland Antivenom Foundation, and various other organisations, and speaks at medical conferences on the subject of envenomation. Best selling author, professional speaker and conservationist, Jonathan brings a fresh and unique insight into the subject of venomous animals and their bites and stings.

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