WaWaZat wrote:I'll tell you what, it's stories like this that make me realize I should take a CPR class. It's been since the Boy Scouts that I've been exposed to any such training. I almost feel obligated as a participant in a water sport such as ours. Does anyone know of such a program in or around the city?
Right on Mike.
In most cases it's "too late" by the time the paramedics arrive on scene with drowning accidents. We are usually the only ones who would be able to quickly recognize that there is a problem with one of our fellow kitesurfers (or perhaps a distressed swimmer or boater in the water), so I agree we should all feel some obligation to know CPR.
You can contact the local Red Cross office and they can probably tell you where training will be taking place in your area. I've often done the program when they are organized at various yacht clubs I frequent - maybe that's an optiion too. I often hear about seminars done at high schools as well. There is a minimum number of participants to organize an independent training session. I plan on trying to get a group committed to a class here in Muskegon next Spring.
Basic CPR is not "rocket science" but the techniques they show you will defo put you at an advantage to help and it could make all the difference. The guy who rescued Lloyd is very experienced with CPR and probably had repeated the class over many years as part of his "life guard" requirements. Kitesurfing instructors are also supposed to hold current First Aid and CPR cards. Techniques have changed a little over the years, so it's not always the same old stuff.