June 23rd, my alarm went off at 5:15am, as it does most days when I’m close to Indonesian surf. My work diary for that day included: “write guidelines for Surfline on the treatment for coral cuts.” Ironically, I haven’t had a bad cut for a few years. But an hour later, I was forced to throw my hands out to protect a head-nubbing and the photo tells the result.
Unfortunately accidents do happen out in the water and not just on ‘Baywatch’. Better to be prepared and know how to help someone in distress by using cardio pulmonary resuscitation or CPR. The following article outlines the basics of CPR for an adult victim in case of an emergency. Clearly taking a proper First Aid course would make you more knowledgeable and confident, but in case you’re not, here’s how to perform CPR.