Seniors learn skills to help water safety
THE wet weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of more than 30 seniors who participated in the Grey Medallion Life Saving Course held at Grand Pacific BreakFree Resort over the weekend of October 21 and 22.
Thanks to funding from Accountants United and Council of the Ageing, and sponsorship from Grand Pacific BreakFree Resort, Ithaca Caloundra City Life Saving Club was able to hold a second Grey Medallion course, free, for all those who were unable to enrol in the first one, held in August.
Seniors are a demographic group at high risk in water situations and it was pleasing that many couples attended.
Participants learned about keeping safe in a wide variety of water environments, some first aid skills, emergency procedures, dry rescue skills, CPR and how to use a defibrillator over the two-day course.
“I feel now I could really make a difference especially in an emergency situation,” a participant said.
The pool component undertaken with smaller groups, focussed on looking after children in the water, as many seniors are now often full-time or part-time carers for their grand-children.
“My many great grand-children need caring and saving, they are only small, but love the water, and this is where I come in,” said another participant who came to improve her life-saving skills.
“It is a special course designed for the over 50s and it has become so very popular among our locals,” Patricia Barry, a facilitator from Ithaca Caloundra City Life Saving Club said.
“We hope that with continued local support we will be able to offer the event again, in conjunction with Seniors Week, next year.”
For information about the Grey Medallion or free CPR/defibrillation courses for not-for-profit community groups visit the club website at www.caloundracity.org.au or phone Patricia on
0402 454 644.
WATER WISE: Participants in the Grey Medallion Life Saving Course.