New: 2016 report from Katherine Howard here

2015 report below – John Finegan tells us about a sports first aid course that 10 Belpark members completed in January 2015. The goal was to ensure club members were trained in basic first aid, including giving CPR, using a defibrillator, treating trauma or medical injuries and knowing what to do if people got into trouble in the water, on the bike, on the run – or even at home or on the street. Everybody who attended was very impressed and left feeling confident about treating patients.


After having a spent a few hours of my weekend doing a First Aid course with Safety Ireland, I’ve gone from having no idea what to do if someone was involved in accident to having the confidence to know exactly what to do.


The day started off with Ian from Safety Ireland asking straight off what we’d do if we came across someone who’s just been in an accident and is perhaps unconscious and not breathing.

After a few mumbled responses we were brought through the correct procedure and shown in what order you would do what. David Power did a great job as a human dummy throughout the day but then the real dummies were brought out and there was 10 Belparkers working hard trying to resuscitate their dummy using the count, Abba or Nellie The Elephant method!

Two great things to have learnt were how to do CPR effectively and also how to use an AED (defibrillator) if we had to. There’s no such thing as bad CPR, if someone’s not breathing, anything is better than nothing, great to know.

After lunch we were shown how to determine the extent of someone’s injuries and how to put a bandage and sling on. We all partnered up, assessed injuries or lack thereof and bandaged up each other to make sure we had taken it in. Throughout the day we were able to ask questions and put things in context, especially in terms of what might happen in a triathlon or training.


On completion we all got our certificates to say that we had completed a registered and approved First Aid course, but more important than that, each of us now have the knowledge that could save someone’s life. A few hours very well spent.