Looking after your buddies
Presumably you don’t always ride alone; you probably also ride in a group with friends. And even when you have been out riding solo, perhaps there’s been a time when you’ve come across someone having technical problems with their bike who was very pleased to receive your help?
If it’s a puncture or a broken chain, we’re all happy to lend a helping hand – in situations like these we know what we’re doing and feel sufficiently competent. But what if it’s not the bike that needs help, but the person? Do we then still feel as confident? And what if we need help ourselves, and are reliant upon the rest of the group?
Knowledge is power
The bad news: noone is immune to accidents and injuries. The good news: the skills needed in order to be able to act efficiently as a firstaider are totally learnable. There are standard procedures that are logical, easy to remember, and good to be able to turn to when in a stressful situation. It’s enormously useful when communicating with professional rescue personnel if you already speak their language. And last but not least: as with a chain tool, even the best first aid kit isn’t much good if you don’t know how to use it. Practice makes perfect.
Of course, in order to grasp the principles in a way that you’re going to remember, you need plenty of practice. The best way to do this is with rôleplay and example scenarios. Alone. In a smallgroup situation. In a largegroup situation. Have you ever actually made a phone call to the emergency services? Had to coordinate a bunch of (slightly panicking) cycling buddies, in order to ensure an optimal rescue process? Bandaged up a cut leg, where the shinbone is nakedly exposed? Not easy situations – if you’re unprepared. But also, not situations that you can be sure you’ll never meet.
What you’ll learn
As well as using your first aid kit and your two hands, you’ll be working with practice equipment such as a CPR dummy or a defibrillator. An international protocol for prioritised diagnosis and care of a critically ill or injured person will be taught. And you’ll also use mouth-to-mouth respiration to resuscitate a real person – using your new CPR pocket mask, of course.
The practice scenarios are based on typical MTB injury situations. There will of course be time for individual questions and situation analysis.
At the end of these three days, you will have either “survived” or “treated” all these injuries, and earned yourself a certificate equivalent to a standard 24 hour First Aid Course qualification. And you’ll be a great riding companion.
- 3 day seminar, indoors and outdoors
- Course script, CPR pocket mask
- Certificate (equivalent to a 24 hour First Aid Course qualification, Basic-Life-Support ERC)
- Tea, coffee, fruits and cookies in the seminar room
- Lunch meals
This course will be held by a very good friend of us from Bavaria/Germany, Philipp Dahlmann. A professionell with years of experience as a medic a paramedic, working for the Red Cross Germany. Some of his articles can be found in the german magazine Bergundsteigen, the Safety Magazine of the German, Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alpine Club.
A detailed kit list will be provided after booking.
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