Learn how to rescue this Summer

Friday, June 25, 2010, 12:28

You might be swimming somewhere around the many beaches this Summer and face a situation where a friend or a relative swiming next to you might need your help in the water.  

The Insitute for Phyiscal Education and Sport (University of Malta) in collaboration with Kunsill Malti għall-iSport  will be organising a theoretical and hands-on ‘Basic Water Rescue Techniques’ course.

This course spans a total of 14 hours: 4 hours theoretical lectures and 10 hours of practical sessions. The primary objective is to teach candidates employed in or around water recreational facilities the requirements needed for emergency situations. This entails choosing and applying the appropriate skills. It is also aimed at raising awareness on the dangers and loss of life from drowning.

The theoretical part focuses on land based rescue, including; assessing the situation, calling and signaling to aid the swimmer in difficulty. This also covers discussions on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) set by the management to be operated on a day to day basis and relationships and discussions between life saving and rescuing. Safety issues such as frequent, motion and physical hazards are given due importance.

The practical part includes the suitable skills requirements to perform a land based rescue. The proper water entries and exits with a survivor, perform an accompanied rescue and all contact tows. This also includes the sequences of Expired Air Resuscitation (EAR) and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Treatment for bleeding, fractures, cramps, shock and placing the survivor in the recovery position will also be covered in this part of the course.

The course is limited to 16 students and will be held over 9-sessions starting on Thursday, 1st July.  Sessions will be held at University and the National Swimming Pool. Participants for this course must be 18 years or over, and must be able to swim 50m Front Crawl unaided in 1 minute. A medical certificate is also required. The fee for the course is €60.  Applications close Monday 28th June. For detailed schedule, application form and further information kindly e-mail, Oliver Mallia – oliver.mallia@um.edu.mt

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