It’s been a busy time for emergency services in the Tropical Northern Queensland city of Cairns over the past week with several near-drownings only days apart from each other.
The drownings involved children under the age of 6, one whom was swimming in a public pool, one who was visiting a local water attraction and another child who was pulled from a backyard swimming pool.
As the temperature rises, the time spent in or around water also increases which is why we all need to be vigilant when it comes to water safety. Children require constant supervision no matter how ‘strong’ a swimmer we think they are. It only takes 6 centimetres of water and a slight mishap to cause a child to drown so in addition to spending time educating children on the rules of being around the water, it’s also essential for parents and carers to educate themselves on life-saving CPR skills.
In our CPR Course held at our Varsity Lakes headquarters we cover all elements of CPR including:
Chain of Survival
Awareness of an AED (Defibrillator)
DRSABCD of resuscitation
Two (2) minutes of uninterrupted CPR
Demonstrations and practical scenarios using a manikin
When it comes to water safety it all boils down to being proactive in all aspects including prevention of any incidents. Whilst accidents still do happen, having the confidence and knowledge to assist any drowning victims and knowing the proper CPR techniques could be the difference between a full recovery or a tragedy.