As one of the culminating activities for Lincoln’s High School Physical Education Swimming and Water Safety unit, our students received some extremely valuable Life-Saving skills. With the support of our PE team, students were introduced to CPR and AED use. Most students had received this training before and this served as a good refresher for them.
However, our students’ experience in the water was more challenging. They learned how to first fit a cervical collar, before getting into the water to learn how to manage suspected spinal injuries. This procedure included learning how to perform log rolls and vice-grip rolls on suspected spinal victims. Once this had been accomplished, students worked in groups to place the injured swimmers on backboards, using a sequence that is managed by 1st, 2nd and 3rd responders.
I was extremely pleased with how quickly the students learned during this training and am happy they now have this potentially life saving experience to turn to should a real-life situation ever occur.