Published on: 14 June 2018

Old boys Julian Ming (‘15), Ollie Stockwell (‘15), Sam Elias (‘16), Sam Collins (‘16) and Campbell Shaw (‘16) returned to Christ Church last Friday, and delivered vital first aid training to our Year 10 Surf Life Saving Cadets.

Lessons delivered addressed the acronym SAMPLE (how to assess a patient in a critical situation and taking the patient’s history) and covered how to recognise and treat snakebites, the application of a tourniquet, treatment for anaphylaxis, asthma, marine envenomation, fractures and impalement. The session culminated with the boys playing games of ‘First Aid Pong,’ in order to apply their skills in mock scenarios.

“Requiring a good knowledge of not only what treatment to provide, but also being able to explain the treatment to a patient is highly beneficial,” says Head Instructor of the training program, Julian Ming.

“We would like to commend Julian on his recent nomination for the Surf Life Saving (WA) ‘Young Life Saver of the Year’ award. Julian has added enormous value to our program and demonstrates a passion for surf life saving which dates back to his earlier experiences at Christ Church,” said Teacher in Charge of Surf Life Saving Cadets, Alli Gould.

“This Friday the cadets will be tested in a competition between their patrol groups on rescue, resuscitation and first aid skills. They must complete a set of timed challenges at North Cottesloe Beach with the winning team being awarded a prize. This leads onto the boys sitting for their Bronze Medallion at the end of the season this September.”

The first aid activities complement the resuscitation component delivered to the cadets earlier this term and impart skills which not only are valuable, but potentially life saving. A special thanks to all facilitators on the day including former Presbyterian Ladies’ College student, Rachele Devoto.