Volunteers update their skills at training events

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North Devon volunteers have been getting ready for the new season at two recent training sessions.

A first aid course at Georgeham village hall last month saw nine volunteers practise their skills in CPR, bandaging and a range of other emergency situations.

And 30 hardy folk gathered for a winter training session at Surf Southwest in Croyde on 2 March.

There was a mixture of new and more experienced volunteers, who travelled from as far as Bristol, Exeter and Launceston. The prize for furthest afield went to Roger Hadfield, who drove all the way from Derby and back in one day. An amazing effort.

The morning started with discussions about the charity’s aims, who we work with and practical tips on how to help young people get the most out of their time in the water, as well as important issues such as safeguarding and disclosure.

Then it was off to the beach to battle the wind and waves on our foamies, and take part in some strange teambuilding exercises that Ian and Helen had devised. Brilliant fun and a great effort all round.

Thanks to everyone who attended the events.

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