"The first-aid course was simply brilliant," enthused Sabine Ziegler, Chair of TSC Barracuda.
There was not only dry theory for the course participants, but also the emergency in the water was trained.
Erding – Fewer and fewer children are learning to swim.
A lack of courses and Corona have made the situation even worse.
But even an active and experienced diver is not immune to a medical emergency.
In order to be able to provide the best possible first aid in the future, the Erdinger Tauchsportclub decided to offer a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course.
And suitable trainers were also quickly found: Christian Kaiser, himself an active boat exchanger, professional firefighter and paramedic, conveyed the often silly theory in a practical manner and “adorned with anecdotes” in his amusing manner.
"No one else can remember that," explains Kaiser, who was able to carry the ten course participants, all active divers, with his sense of humor.
Rescue, first aid and the use of a defibrillator - all of this was presented in a realistic and practice-oriented manner.
After a joint lunch, the participants then really got going.
The theory also wants to be applied, and spontaneous reactions also need to be learned - after all, an emergency is rarely planned.
And so there was a feeling of being overwhelmed for a short time during the exercise.
Because remembering the perfect process is simply not possible, and external factors usually make things even more confusing.
But for Chairwoman Sabine Ziegler it is important to act anyway.
"You may not do everything right, but it's better than doing nothing and looking the other way." Because she herself was already dependent on first aid after an accident and needed an oxygen supply.
Prepared for emergencies are now (front, from left) Monika Garhammer, Georg Schulze, course instructor Christian Kaiser, Jonas Kaiser and (back, from left) Jürgen Weißfahl, Claudia Huber, practice coordinator Christian Krüger, Angelika Mertin, Sabine Ziegler, Georg Georgakos, Erwin Draczko , Thomas Ziegler and Felix Kaiser.
What do you do in the event of an accident at the bathing lake?
Or how do you deal with upset relatives who disrupt the rescue efforts?
And how do you act if you suspect a stroke?
(Kaiser: "Make an emergency call and wait for the rescue service to come").
The divers were confronted with all of these situations and the reaction was also discussed afterwards.
At the end of an instructive day we finally went into the cold water.
With club member and diver Christian Krüger, an experienced man coordinated the exercises in the water, while instructor Kaiser gave instructions from outside.
The "victims" Jonas and Felix Kaiser enabled realistic and effective training of the learned content.
After this was successfully brought ashore, the resuscitation followed.
But also very banal missions such as using the stable lateral position or the correct sequence of the rescue chain were carried out again.
One case study was particularly memorable: while rescuing an allegedly drowned person, the next accident occurred immediately, which meant that outside helpers also had to intervene.
"All the victims survived," smiled the chairman.
In the end, according to Ziegler, there was an absolutely successful day of practice, which, based on the consistently positive feedback, should take place again next year.