Se­niors learn skills to help wa­ter safety

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WA­TER WISE: Par­tic­i­pants in the Grey Medal­lion Life Sav­ing Course.

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