Members of Busselton Masters Swimming Club get up to date with emergency response and resuscitation skills

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Sean Van Der WielenBusselton Dunsborough Times
Members of the Busselton Masters Swimming Club took part in emergency training last month.
Camera IconMembers of the Busselton Masters Swimming Club took part in emergency training last month. Credit: Supplied

A group of Busselton swimmers have learned how to respond to an emergency situation thanks to a free program.

Fifteen members of the Busselton Masters Swimming Club took part in Royal Life Saving WA’s community Heart Beat 45+ program last month to refresh their resuscitation and first aid skills.

Club member Richard Stubbs said the group felt better equipped to respond in an emergency after completing the session.

“The technical information and practical approach to various safety and (in particular) rescue and resuscitation aspects of the course were informative and provided life skills for our members should the need arise,” he said.

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“We look forward to another course for our new members next year.”

Heart Beat program coordinator Jen Mickle said everyone should know the lifesaving skills of resuscitation and first aid.

“Our goal is to create a community where everyone is a potential lifesaver,” she said.

“When more people are trained in first aid, our communities become safer, more resilient places to live. Often the true value of first aid training is only realised in the unexpected moment of need.”

Ms Mickle said every second counts in an emergency, with people having the confidence to use their skills being just as important as having the skill itself.

This summer saw 11 West Australians die due to drowning, with many more hospitalised following non-fatal incidents.

Despite heading into the cooler months, the community is warned to remain vigilant and well equipped to respond to an emergency situation.

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