In a first for local diving clubs with one third of membership having completed the BS-AC AED training course, we have now brought two AED units. Although these are 2nd hand, being 3 1/2 years old, they have never been used in anger and are ready in case of emergencies alongside our Oxygen Administration kit.
They come complete with emergency First Aid kits and robust carry boxes, kindly organised and donated by club member Pete Hodkin.
For the technical, these are Laerdal Heartstart HS1 AED units. Further training will be rolled out to the remainder of the membership as part of ongoing rescue skills training, alongside Oxygen Administration, Lifesaving, Advanced Lifesaving and First Aid Skills Development courses. Hertforshire Lifesavers via club member Rod Reeves (Chairman) has also kindly agreed to the continued loan of their AED trainers for these courses.
As we now have two AED units, this will allow diving at different venues to be covered at the same time. This coming weekend we are diving both at Weymouth and Arlesey and the following week whilst a large contingent are on the diving trip to Sark, the two kits will allow one also to be utilised for diving locally.
Clive (Diving Officer)