Stayin’ Alive

April 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Spent Saturday learning CPR and the recovery position on an RYA First Aid Course over in Portishead. Not totally sure how it would work in practice in the cabin, cockpit or narrow decks of my little Duet, especially as I mainly single hand, but it goes without saying that CPR training is undoubtedly useful should you ever need to use it on or off the water.

As part of our training we were shown this video of someone having a heart attack and being saved with CPR and a defibrillator, filmed as part of BBC’s Helicopter Heroes. I last did a St Johns First Aid Course in 1992 and you just had to imagine what it might be like and this is pretty graphic, I warn you. But it does have a happy ending, and for that it’s pretty amazing (and quite emotional to watch). I do think though, if you are ever going to have a heart attack, the best place for that to happen would be with an Air Ambulance Crew…  Apparently they had just started filming for the day when one of the crew started to feel unwell, and literally had a heart attack on camera.

Between that and the rolling about on the floor with 3 somewhat awkward strangers, and practicing mouth to mouth on a dummy, it was quite an intense day.

Got me stificate though… And a new book for the onboard library.

RYA First Aid Course