Club takes safety se­ri­ously

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS -

Tawa Squash Club mem­bers will soon be masters in ad­min­is­ter­ing first-aid thanks to a stance on safety taken by club man­ager Peter Bow­ers.

In Fe­bru­ary, when a club mem­ber went into car­diac ar­rest in the dress­ing sheds, he was given CPR by three fel­low mem­bers who kept him alive un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rived.

The man had had a triple by­pass, and was eas­ing him­self back on court six weeks later.

‘‘He was gone – out for the count. They did bril­liantly. They saved his life,’’ Bow­ers said.

The in­ci­dent prompted him to con­sider the im­por­tance of know­ing first-aid.

The club suc­cess­fully ap­plied for fund­ing for a de­fib­ril­la­tor through the Hutt Mana Char­i­ta­ble Trust. It is now a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the wall ad­ja­cent from the courts.

Its use will be in­cor­po­rated into first-aid cour­ses at the club, on May 2, 9am un­til 5pm, on May 3, 7pm un­til 9.30pm. Bow­ers said it was im­por­tant peo­ple felt con­fi­dent us­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

‘‘Even though the de­fib­ril­la­tors talk you through how to use them, there’s prob­a­bly still a bit of fear there.’’

The ses­sions are open to the pub­lic and are sub­sidised by the trust fund­ing, the squash club and Vi­brant Tawa.

The club plans to con­tinue its fo­cus on safety, with sen­sor lights and CCTV in its carpark planned.

PHOTO: CHELSEA MCLAUGH­LIN

Tawa Squash Club man­ager Peter Bow­ers with the club’s de­fib­ril­la­tor.

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