Learn first aid; it may save a life
Being safe in the outdoors is not always about being a good hunter or fisherman. Besides having good knowledge of a particular sport, there are certain other things that one should consider paramount.Many outdoorsmen or women began their outdoor experiences in various scouting programs. In these programs, they learned basic first aid skills. Those skills are extremely important and can mean the difference between successful outcomes and dire circumstances in the event of an emergency.Accidents do happen while we are having fun. Because outdoorsmen spend their time in the woods or on waters that sometimes require a good deal of physical activity, the chance of an accident happening is always present.I think those of us who have been fishing for quite some time certainly have seen some of these events. Whether it is a simple cut, scrape, imbedded hook, sprain or perhaps a broken bone, some of us have undoubtedly found the need to practice some basic first aid.As my friends and I have gotten older, I also worry about such things as a possible stroke, heart attack or some other type of event. Knowing basic first aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can be a most valuable tool.If you do not already have these skills, classes are available through the American Red Cross, Sierra College and locally through the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District. I am pretty sure that the Truckee Fire Protection District also offers a Community CPR class. Many employers will also offer their employees the opportunity to learn and maintain these skills. If you are fortunate enough to be in such an situation, I strongly urge you to take these classes when offered.Having a first aid kit in your possession while in the outdoors is a good idea, but it is totally worthless unless you can use it. Learn basic first aid and CPR so that you will be prepared in an emergency. Accidents do happen and the likelihood increases as we age.Be prepared and learn the basic first aid and CPR skills. They are valuable tools not only for fishing outings, but also in the case of a family emergency. It is well worth the time you spend for the training.
Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.