CPR and First Aid training can make sure it's not!
Los Angeles, CA – August 8, 2022 (update Oct 2013)
Emergencies can happen just about anywhere.
From walking down the street to scuba diving to watching a movie, there's no situation where an emergency can't arise. That's why it's important to get proper and keep up-to-date on your CPR and First Aid training. It'll leave you thinking: All is Lost? I don't think so!
Proper emergency training has saved lives both on and off screen. In the terrific survival drama, the 2013 movie, All is Lost (we highly recommend it), we can see an example of that as Robert Redford struggles to stay alive after his boat starts sinking. Think for a moment: What if you were Robert Redford? Would you know what to do if there was an emergency and yourself or someone you love got injured? These lessons are poignant for scuba diving. While scuba diving has a very low accident rate, one might consider it a daring activity in and of itself, there are a few concerns to be aware of. According to DAN, Divers Alert Network, which conducted research on fatalities, cardiovascular events cause 20 to 30 percent of all deaths that occur while scuba diving.
Scuba diving can be a strenuous activity. With the popularity of scuba diving holiday and travel adventures, it's important to know the steps for proper emergency care in case something happens to you or a loved one on your next dive trip. With as little as one day of training, you could learn to save someone’s life. Don't be left out in the cold: make sure you know CPR, how to use an AED, and First Aid before you go adventuring. Take a refresher course to stay ready at least every 24 months.
Of course, there's always the question of how to pick a good CPR course. In the case of scuba diving, it's important to take an emergency care course from someone who is well-versed in the risks of that particular activity. Although not a dangerous activity per se, diving does have its own hazards. Some of these include the “bends” (decompression illness), the risk of having a heart attack or stroke and barotrauma. Learning to recognize and appropriately react to these injuries promptly may be the difference between life and death for you or a loved one.
Just remember, when it comes to CPR and First Aid, be like Robert Redford in "All is Lost". Prepare for the worst before it happens, and your risk of rescue can lower dramatically. Don't wait for an accident or heart attack to ruin your dive holiday or vacation: learn CPR now, and be prepared for the future.