Monday, January 15, 2018

CPR/AED training

Januarys dive team drill is the teams recertification is CPR/AED. This is something we need to do every year even if our CPR cards are good for two years. With one of the squads CPR instructors ( Rachel G.) going over all the things we may need to do on a dive or first aid call.
Using  the adult, child and infant CPR manikins everyone got to do both one and two person CPR and then going over setting up and  using the AED.







Then to finish out the days training Captain Brian S came over to help out Rachel in setting up and using the squads Lucas CPR machine. The Lucas is not hard to get set up and takes over doing chest compressions from the first aider. These are all skills that the team needs to be up to date on. Cause we never know what's going to happen and we need to be ready for anything.




Tuesday, January 02, 2018

New Years Day 2018


The team has always done our first dive of the year on New Year’s Day and for the last 23 years we have never missed a New Year’s Day. In years past we have had warm days and some cold days, but this year may take the cake!

    The air temperature this morning was 8 degrees and we had a wind chill of -4 degrees. But that did not stop Chris T, Evan S, Joe S and Joe S, Sue L and me from jumping in the water at Gull Island Park. We went to Gull Island mainly because a dredge was working the inlet and the foot of Bay Ave still pretty much blocked off because of the new boat ramp being built.

    We hit the water with the tide ripping out and with the full moon and the northwest winds the tide was really moving. It was so strong you couldn’t swim against it, so we went in on the other side of the bridge and drifted through the bridge and drifted down towards the docks.

   The visibility was nothing to write home about, maybe two to three feet, but all together we recovered 2.5 pounds of sinkers and you had to grab them as you flew. The water temperature was 37 degrees but that wasn’t that big of a problem, the problem was when we came out in to the cold air. The gear pretty much froze on you. But we did have warm water with us to melt the ice.
   We can be called any time to do a job so we need to be ready and it’s not always warm sunny days. Days like this test our stills and show us just how bad it can be. Did we have to dive today, NO! We wanted to dive.





    Just to show how cold it was we left a towel and a piece of rope outside after washing our gear and in a few minutes this is what we had