First responder training made all the difference

LETTER

This letter was originally written to Gary Stevens of the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club. It is reprinted here with permission.

I have already sent Diego a message but I wanted to also include my appreciation to the club and Surf Lifesaving New Zealand for the first responder training programme.

If it wasn’t for the lifeguard award and refresher programme I would have not been able to do anything for the survivors of the bus crash.

As I was down the bank with the remaining injured passengers I was running through what I was taught in my head. I kept saying “what has Diego taught you, what has Mitch taught you”.

It was immensely comforting to me in the heat of the moment to know that I had some skills to do something for these people who were desperate for help and comfort.

So thank you for the lifeguard programme!

Kristina S Williams

This letter was originally written to Gary Stevens of the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club. It is reprinted here with permission.

I have already sent Diego a message but I wanted to also include my appreciation to the club and Surf Lifesaving New Zealand for the first responder training programme.

If it wasn’t for the lifeguard award and refresher programme I would have not been able to do anything for the survivors of the bus crash.

As I was down the bank with the remaining injured passengers I was running through what I was taught in my head. I kept saying “what has Diego taught you, what has Mitch taught you”.

It was immensely comforting to me in the heat of the moment to know that I had some skills to do something for these people who were desperate for help and comfort.

So thank you for the lifeguard programme!

Kristina S Williams

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