Congratulations on choosing to become more familiar with first aid techniques. The material within this course focuses on issues likely to be encountered by a aquatic sports enthusiast and beach roamer. Often you find yourselves in more remote areas and participating in activities that have a higher risk than sitting at home watching T.V. Therefore, some self dependancy is required.
If you have taken a first aid course before, you will notice some similarities in material. This review is good. Keep in mind that this course is slightly more focused and may contain expanded material in certain categories and shortened material in others. The rational is that this course is more specific to those that participate in aquatic endeavors. Chemical poisoning is unlikely but encountering a drowning or near drowning victim is higher than for the general populace. We would encourage you to seek more traditional training if you are looking for a generalized approach. Again, any review is good.
It should be noted that first aid procedural proficiency and equipment familiarity must be maintained as current skills. For this reason the ANDI First Aid Provider certification rating remains current for two years. After expiration, a new diploma verifying current status will be provided after all chapter study modules have been reviewed and managing a full emergency demonstrated under direct instructor supervision. Fun course participation is not required for renewal of current status.
This course is intended to require 10- 1 2 hours of academic training including practice sessions. This must include a hands-on opportunity for each participant in the group. A working familiarization with emergency management and the procedures for providing first aid are the requirements for certification.
Finally, you will note that some of the specific first aid procedures entail a more aggressive approach than that to which you may be accustomed. For example, most first aid manuals do not suggest giving aspirin to an individual for fear of an allergic reaction. We in no way dispute this concern and do not suggest it lightly. We have provided these procedures because of the unique situation that out-doors-enthusiasts often encounter. Many times they are several hours or even days away from the nearest professional medical help. Proximity to medical services is an important consideration in the level of first aid you provide. If medical help is close at hand, rely upon them and be more conservative. If medical help is far away, the material here could be of great benefit in making the injured person more comfortable and stable until medical help can be obtained.