I’ve always believed it necessary remain a pupil if you hope to be a good teacher and the chance to be a pupil was offered today in the form of an excellent First Aid course. Bobby Hall
of Hall First Aid Training, took 15 instrumental instructors through a variety of emergency first aid procedures in The Supper Room of The Brunton Hall. Not only a highly experienced practitioner, Bobby struck me as a natural teacher. The course was very hands-on and we were led to reflect on practical issues through intelligent and entertaining questioning. Being a lover of language (and, if I’m honest, a tireless pedant) I was very taken with the precision of the language required for this subject, which strikes me as somewhere between a science and an art.
Another feature which impressed me was the gentle way in which some serious points were conveyed – particularly that we should not be crippled by remorse if an intervention does not result in the saving of a life. It’s surely better to have done one’s best for a fellow human being than to have been helpless spectator, condemned forever to wondering “what if…?”
While I’m banging on about beliefs, let me restate how resonant I find the idea (which I came across in Clive James‘ Visions Before Midnight) that the situations which benefit most from humour are serious ones. You can see from the snaps below that we really enjoyed the day:
While chatting with Bobby at the end of the course, I asked him if there were YouTube resources worth visiting to refresh our bandaging skills. He pointed out the problem that much of the material is from the USA where approaches and techniques differ from those here. I suggested that he could upload some films on his own site. He wasn’t for biting but I hope that he might reconsider. I’d be more than willing to help out with filming. For one thing, it would be a form of revision in itself.