by David Farrow
Sunday March the 29th. Most of you would have been in bed still at 7:15am when the first of the your
Ride Leaders arrived at Jaycee house to begin the Ride Leaders Training Day. Imagine the worst possible conditions for a day to spend outside doing trail side first aid. This was it; cold, dark and pouring rain. I nearly headed back home, no one should be outside in this weather, but your dedicated ride leaders were there, bright eyed, dressed in Gore-Tex, ready to prepare to support the year's riding program.
After a hours or so of going through the details of what’s expected of a Ride Leader, signing up for weekend rides, refilling first aid kits, getting caffeined up, we headed out into the rain to the tents set up at the parking area at the Seymour Valley Trailway. Here we broke into smaller teams, and met up with the examiners who were going to be putting us through our paces. In the pouring rain, we made our way to our first accident simulation, with volunteers laying on the muddy ground, waiting patiently for us to diagnose their injuries and make arrangements for their rescue. In most cases hypothermia was the most pressing issue as the volunteers were very wet and very cold, despite the shelters that had been erected to try and shield them from the worst the elements were throwing at us. Injuries presented ranged from a simple fall and disorientation to some severe injuries, as well as deaf and mute bystanders who had a heart attack.
Rest assured that the next time you ride with NSRide, your leaders have been trained to cope with just about any medical event that could occur. After going through five of the planned six simulations, the day was called as our volunteer victims were getting extremely cold at this stage .
All thanks must go to Nick of Maple Ridge First Aid, who planned the various scenarios and his band of examiners and volunteer victims who endured the conditions without complaint, provided incredible feedback to the ride leaders and helped us all to be well prepared for the upcoming season.
As always, facing challenging situations creates a bonding opportunity, and in the warmth of the Seymour pub we rehashed the day’s events, looking to how we can improve our preparedness.
So, if you think all the Ride Leaders do is show up at a ride, give a thought to the hours that have been put in by each of your executive members and ride leaders. Next year, maybe you’d like to be part of the NSRide Ride Leaders team and experience the fantastic camaraderie that comes from working together. If so, please feel free to contact any of your ride leaders and volunteer to help your club.