Lifesaver camp educates

Cries for help could be heard from a secluded area of the Ulverstone beach on Saturday but they were not as serious as they sounded.
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Day six of the week longLife SavingDevelopmentCamp involved a boating accident scenario, actors painted in fake blood laid on the beach awaiting camp-goers to come to their aid.

Surf Life Saving Tasmania Life Saving Development Camp coordinator Chris Jacobson said this was one of many real life based scenarios endured at the camp.

“It all starts off as soon as they come in, they do a bit of an introduction and then we hit them straight away with a scenario, they are very much caught off guard,” Mr Jacobson said.

“Through the week we do lots of training and incorporate scenarios to make it seem real life, we start off with just a minor scenario, as the week goes on and their skill level increases we will start throwing some more complex situations at them.”

SURVIVAL: Camp attendees act out a scenario with Tori Crisp who pretended to be in an accident.

Young Tasmanians aged between 16 and 25 can be involved in the lifesaving camps,training and education during the week which prepares participantsto handle larger based scenarios.

“It has just been amazing to see their skill knowledge just increase,” Mr Jacobson said.

Throughout the week participants take turns acting in different roles such as a patrol captain, a radio communicator and more hands on assisting roles.

“The whole idea of the camp is to provide them with the knowledge and skill to be able to adapt to their workplace environment and to provide them with that opportunity.” MrJacobson said.

Team leader for the Life Saving Development Camp Nick Wood said he took part in the first Tasmanian camp in 2014, the skills he learnt were invaluable.

CPR: Tori Crisp gets comforted by Lillie McPherson during the Life Saving Australia camp. Pictures: Cordell Richardson.

“You dotraininginclass rooms and they say this might happen but you come to this camp and you are given a taste of what you actually might be faced with,” he said.

“It gave me much more in depthlearning and real life application, coming away from it I felt confident to be able to deal with situations.”

After just a few months of his successful completion of the camp, Mr Wood said he was faced with a situation which we was able to handle.

“A couple of months after doing the camp one of my neighbours hurt themselves quite seriously –without the development camp I would have had no idea what to do, I would have frozen up.”

TRAINING: Young lifesavers were able to put their skills to use as one of the actors required a spinal board.

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