I did my first First Aid Course when I was 14 and continue to refresh my certificate every three years (sometimes more often). I also did a spell as a trainer a number of years ago. I think anyone involved in teaching or working with young people should do at least a basic course (it should be part of Initiual Teacher Education).
For my three year re-fresh this time around I joined a Rescue and Emergency Care Course organized by Leading Edge Expeditions in Dorset. There were twenty of us on the course and although I wasn’t sure if I would know anyone – I was delighted to find some familiar faces from past outdoor education work and expeditions.
One of the other nice things about the course was the number of young people who were attending and also going away on expeditions this summer. This included groups who are off to Ecuador, Kenya and the Alps.
Three more years until the next up-date – I wonder what the ratio of rescue breadths to chest compressions will be in 2014?