We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of CPaRties! A CPaRty is the perfect way to spend time with your colleagues, family and friends in a fun and entertaining environment, while learning some lifesaving CPR and choking skills. We bring the training, the food, the music, the fun! We can even provide a venue! You provide the guests. CPaRties are perfect for small business or personal holiday parties, dinner parties, or casual brunches. All of the fun and skill learning without the stress or time commitment of a class. Contact us for more information!!
I had a terrific time at DEMA - the dive industry conference - in Orlando, Florida last week. I used the opportunity to meet with equipment manufacturers, resorts, villa owners, liveaboard charter companies, and training companies. I spent time learning from DAN about best practices in dive accident prevention and management, from PADI on their new Open Water 2.0 course, and some manufacturers on the latest and greatest products. Accel Scuba is now well equipped to support your dive needs over the next year and beyond
We just posted our available training dates for both diving and health/safety courses through the end of 2013. Now is the perfect time to schedule your private class! A bit rusty and heading on a nice warm vacation for winter break? Let's get in the pool for a Scuba Tune-up! Thinking about a CPR/first aid class for your family, your nanny, your babysitter? Schedule it now! The holidays are always a busy time for private classes. Book your preferred date and time today.
Scuba Diving Magazine is hosting an interesting debate. (Read: http://t.co/5rrqqRB89i) They are discussing whether new divers should learn lifesaving skills. One point of view: wait until the Rescue class. There is too much to learn and it may be overwhelming. The other point of view: why not? A basic CPR course may take only three hours and is a nominal amount of time to add to an Open Water course.
My point of view? Nobody is impervious to an accident or a health related emergency. That goes for Open Water Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters, Instructors, and even Public Safety Divers. When something happens -- it just happens. Will a Divemaster have more diving experience than the vast majority of divers she or he is diving with? Probably. What happens when or if the diver with more advanced training becomes the person needing rescue? When I assist in an Open Water class, I want my students to have fun, but I want them to be confident in their skills. When I take a diver our for a refresher, the same holds true.
I tell my students that pilots in training get to the point where they can close their eyes and go through the motions of controlling their cockpit my muscle memory. Take away their sight in-flight and they can probably tell you the current direction, speed, and altitude, as well as maneuver the aircraft if needed. (Not that I'd want them to!) I want my fellow divers to have the same skills.
That takes me to my point: Every diver at all levels should be trained at a level where they can rescue their buddy. Whether that buddy be their friend, spouse or even instructor. Will they be as proficient at conducting a rescue as someone who has practiced for many years? No. But I do want them to know what to do in an emergency. It is a foundation that can be set in the Open Water class and built upon as students progress.
Just my two cents.
As I've told many of my friends, last weekend my training hit home. This is not the first time I've had to call on my training to assist family members -- years ago I witnessed my grandmother have a heart attack -- but it was the first time something serious happened to one of my kids.
I was sitting in a restaurant having lunch with my wife and two sons on a beautiful end of summer weekend. Soon after our food arrived my eldest son, almost 6, looked straight ahead - eyes wide, tears rolling down, mouth wide open, silent. I immediately knew that he was choking on something. I came around the table in front of his chair and asked if he was ok. He didn't answer. Nothing. Just the wide eyes, tears and silence. Seconds later I'm behind him, using his chair as leverage, and administered abdominal thrusts. First one, nothing. With the second thrust his lunch reappeared. 1/3 of the hot dog, bun and all, came flying out. Relief. He was upset, but didn't cry. I wanted him to cry.
All of this happened in seconds. Nobody in the restaurant budged. Our server offered water. Thankfully my training was instinctual and immediate. In addition to teaching CPR and first aid I've been certified for the past 20 years.
Over the past week as friends heard about what happened they all say that they 'took the class a few years ago' and proceed to demonstrate how they think abdominal thrusts are performed. No offense to any of my friends who may be reading this-- None of of my layperson friends have been confident and most have been incorrect in hand positioning.
The point to my story: you need to practice these skills. You need to refresh your training. Online training is simply not sufficient. If its been two or more years since you were trained please Please PLEASE take a refresher course. With me or someone else. I'm not one to enjoy glory in helping someone in an emergency. But it scared the heck out of me that nobody stepped up to help. Lack of training, fear- I don't know.
Everyone should be trained. Everyone should step up to help. That's why I've always loved Emergency First Response's tag line: Creating Confidence to Care.
We are very excited to announce that, in partnership with the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce and L3 Fitness, we have scheduled four CPR and First Aid classes to be offered at L3 Fitness throughout September and October.
These are a variety of courses including Adult CPR & First Aid, Adult/Child/Infant CPR & First Aid, and CPR Pro for Professional Rescuers.
For these classes 10% of class fees will be donated to the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.
Visit our Registration page today for more information and to enroll!