Not the average mum’s day gift
ARE you racking your brain trying to find a unique gift to give to your mum this Mother’s Day?
While it might not be a traditional present, a chainsaw course for your modern-day mum could be the answer.
Elise Cottam, Australia’s first female nationally accredited chainsaw instructor, runs the courses through her business, Elise Cottam Rural Training.
While it is typically a male-dominated activity, the experienced instructor believes all women should learn how to safely use a chainsaw.
“If you get a storm that comes through, and hubby’s not home, and you need to get a branch out of the way so you can get the kids to hospital or get emergency services in, you need to be able to assist yourself and do it safely,” Mrs Cottam said.
She said while using a chainsaw might be intimidating for some people, it’s safe when the proper techniques are adhered to.
“They make a lot of noise, and noise is mostly the thing that scares people, especially women, but the only thing that can hurt you is you,” she said.
“The course takes you through the mechanics of the machine – how and why it works, the dangers, as well as personal protective equipment, and stance ... how to hold it, where to hold it, and what cuts to use as well,” she said.
As a tribute to mothers and stay-at-home dads, Mrs Cottam is offering the nationally accredited courses at a special rate.
For more information, contact her on 0427 251 697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAFETY FIRST: Elise Cottam is running nationally accredited courses to show people how to safely use chainsaws.