3 reasons why every pool owner should know first aid
|If there’s one certainty in life, it’s that Australia is a scorching hot place in summer. That’s why we love our backyard pools so much and why we take such good care of them. As soon as we sign up to install the pool we ensure our investment is protected. Quality equipment? Check. The best possible chemicals? Check. Maintenance program? Absolutely.
But rarely do we give as much thought to protecting the most important thing of all – the lives of those we love. Hands up everyone whose first thought on getting a pool was: First Aid course? Check.
Swimming is fabulous fun, great exercise and an excellent way to cool off in hot weather. But along with all of the fun of swimming comes potential danger. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for Australian children aged 0 to five years. This statistic highlights the importance of being as safe as possible near the water – and a serious reminder of the benefits of doing a first aid course.
The great thing is that first aid courses are available in most areas and are often held on the weekend. Most take one day to complete and a basic Community First Aid course can cost as little as $55 from St John Ambulance. Pool area CPR charts are compulsory in most Australian states and territories. Royal Life Saving has a number of CPR related resources and courses available including a CPR chart that can be used near your backyard swimming pool and CPR courses that are run in a variety of locations across all States and Territories. You can buy the Royal Lifesaving CPR chart from your local Swimart store.
Here's how every pool owner can benefit from knowing first aid:
1. You learn to stay calm
2. You learn what to do
3. You have the confidence to act
Photo provided by austswim.com.au