Seaford Lifeguards are embarking on a mission to train the public in basic life support skills thanks to a grant from South East Water’s Community Chest Fund.
The award of £1,696.59 has funded essential equipment that will help volunteers learn correct techniques for performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and clearing water from airways of people who have been under water.
Christopher Payne of Seaford Lifeguards, said, “Drowning is the third most common cause of unintentional deaths worldwide and we’re committed to offering free adult CPR training to the local community, as it saves lives if performed correctly.
“Until now, we’ve only been able to teach it theoretically.
“South East Water’s generous grant means we can ensure our lifeguards are given quality life support education and training with the correct resources to instruct others to an exceptional standard.
“We have purchased a device on which we can practice and measure the effectiveness of our CPR technique, as well as resuscitation manikins, including a Choking Charlie, which respond in a realistic way when you attempt to clear its airways.”
South East Water opens its £30,000 Community Chest Fund to local community groups and charities from September.
For more information visit the website at southeastwater.co.uk/communitychest