Whitewater First Aid Course with Phoenix Canoe Club, London.
So back down at the Phoenix Canoe Club in London in early march 2017. Its always nice to be asked back to venues, especially for this kind of organisation - fellow river people. Hopefully for us it means we must have done a good job the first time around! This session we delivered a new an improved
Whitewater first aid course
Akeen group of 5 first aiders with 4 first timers among those is small group. With hands on trianing we keep meaningless first aid waffle to a minimum. The students show throughout that they are able to quickly learn new techniques. They work together as an effective assessment team. Repeating of the practical things is necessary throughout both days to avoid skill fade. Fundamentals matter in first aid, getting the order right. So with a few twists we practice scenarios in a building block style. Each time we will add a small tweak or difference because we like our learners switched on. Lots of practice & keeping things moving work best for teaching this content. First aid can be dull, we aim to change that.
Practicing a spine assessment & log roll
Less people means more time per person, and actually we want to offer the best we can for everyone.
for two days with balanced and thoughtfull apraoches to the practical scenarios by the students.
The guys on the course did well in their practice scenarios with the afternoon of our second day spent out on and around the lake by the center. Training in paddler scenarios around the lake really helps to solidify the kind of skills we seek to teach.
So we would like to wish the club well for their up-coming expedition to India's Kali river in 2018. Hopefully we will see them again.