First Aid & CPR

As responsible recreational boaters, we are encouraged to take a First Aid and a CPR course.   

First aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person with either a minor or serious illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.  When on-the-water or dockside, injuries or sudden illnesses can occur.  Being the ‘first’ person on the scene can help a person survive, recover and keep having a good time boating.

Knowing CPR is just the first step in saving a life.  CPR can keep a person alive by circulating oxygenated blood to the brain and other critical organs.  No one person can perform high-quality CPR for long before becoming exhausted.  As a result, the quality of CPR deteriorates, the victim’s blood pressure drops, and the oxygenated blood flow drops to a point where it can no longer sustain life.  More importantly, no matter how good the CPR provider is, CPR by itself will not restart a heart.  Defibrillation is the only way an untrained bystander can restart a heart.

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) delivers a shock to a heart only when it detects erratic electrical activity that can be brought back to a normal rhythm.  According to the American Heart Association, if a sudden cardiac arrest victim receives high-quality CPR and AED within four minutes of the attack, they have a 74% chance of survival. The chance of survival diminishes by 10% for each minute of delayed response.

The Houston Squadron offers four (3) levels of first aid courses (all of them included CPR and AED training):

    First Aid for Mariners

    Wilderness First Aid

    Wilderness First Aid – Advanced

Learn more about our offerings on the website.  These courses are open to any recreational boater.

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