San provides first aid training for Pathfinder leaders

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Pathfinder leaders who took part in the first aid training.

Hundreds of young people will continue to get the chance to safely enjoy outdoor adventure activities like abseiling, hiking and canoeing after Pathfinder leaders undertook first aid training.

In a spirit of goodwill and community, Adventist HealthCare’s San Education offered 13 Pathfinder leaders from around Sydney the course at no cost, with free lunch and onsite parking provided during the one-day session in November.

Those 13 leaders are now equipped to help ensure Pathfinder activities are both fun and safe. 

"This was a terrific opportunity for our leaders and means our young people get the chance to enjoy the outdoors and be active and, more importantly, be safe."

“It was terrific that the hospital and San Education offered us help and was keen to find a way that would be useful,” said Sebastian Davila, district director of Pathfinders for the Northern Districts, and a San Emergency Care registered nurse.

“There are 1200 active Pathfinders from 10-16 years who love the activities our leaders can help them enjoy. Rock climbing, diving and bushwalking are all adventure opportunities that we love to introduce them too but as leaders we need to have the first aid knowledge if something happens.”

The San Education First Aid course covered general first aid, including what immediate action to take with snake bites, fractures and poisoning, and basic skills like bandaging and CPR. Participants were issued with first aid certificates.

“This was a terrific opportunity for our leaders and means our young people get the chance to enjoy the outdoors and be active and, more importantly, be safe,” Mr Davila said.

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