Professional Development – Oxygen Therapy Course

Effective utilisation and management of your resources.

CHMAS run a variety of first aid courses and to keep our courses up to date, Chris regularly undertakes Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and his latest CPD was to attend am Oxygen Therapy Course run by Pete Rich of Rich Adventure and a mighty fine course it was too. The course looked at:

  • The respiratory system;
  • Benefits of oxygen therapy;
  • Equipment use, operational checks & safe storage;
  • Indications / Contradictions for the use of Oxygen;
  • Administering oxygen (flow rates and masks); and
  • Records.

If you need an Oxygen Therapy course then I can highly recommend the one provided by Rich Adventure.

To see the CHMAS range of first aid courses then please click here.

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Canoeing With Arthog Outreach

Preparing for a bit of head, shoulders, knees and toes action.

The last week of the spring term for Arthog Outreach involved mainly canoeing sessions and a pretty mixed bag it was too!

Year 3 Canoeing At Simpsons Pool
Lots of fun and laughter as we whizzed about Simpsons Pool in rafted canoes, playing lots of games to build up the fundamental skills. Everyone had lots of fun and all wanting to do more so a job well done in my opinion.

GCSE – PE Canoe Module
A welcome break from the normal canoe session, working with 12 students who have opted to the canoe module as part of the PE GCSE. The main emphasis of the session was efficient forwards paddling, with turning, stopping and moving sideways all thrown in for good measure. As a reward for their efforts all 12 participants successfully completed the British Canoeing – Paddlepower – Paddlestart Award. I’m really looking forward to working with these students on the next few sessions and I’m sure it is going to be whole load of fun.

Now looking forward to recharging the batteries during the Easter Holidays.

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Hill & Moorland Leader Training – Observation

Hill & Moorland Leader training – what a course!

I was very fortunate to be observing a Hill & Moorland (HML) Training course being run by Alan Ward of Bigfoot Services and an excellent course it was too. We had a real mixed bag of weather, lots of laughter and learning. Chris is really looking forward to running this courses later in the year.

To see a few more photographs from the course then please click here.

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NCS Course Leading

Having fun in the snow.

It was good to be back at Condover Hall, leading an activity residential for a NCS programme. Despite the cold weather everyone had a lovely time and the talent show on the last evening was epic!

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Adventure With Arthog Outreach

Reflecting and enjoying the view on Earls Hill

The last couple of weeks at Arthog Outreach has been very enjoyable where I have been leading hill walking, caving, canoeing and bushcraft sessions with a mix of year groups. Each group has its own challenges, special moments and it was a privilege to be involved with their adventures.

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Instructing For Arthog Outreach

A few activities at Arthog Outreach

Its been a busy few weeks at Arthog Outreach which has seen me having a smashing time breaking up the ice for canoeing, battling against the wind for a hill walking and team building activities for Years 3 to Year 9. Each of these activities taking the young people out of their comfort zone and helping them to develop. Which is just one of the rewarding things about being an outdoor educator, instructor!

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CHMAS – Lowland Leader Training

Last week, CHMAS was running their first Lowland Leader Training Course and despite the initial scare with the snowy weather it turned out to be a very enjoyable course indeed.

The team relocating on Day 1

Day 1 – Getting the Fundamentals Right
The day started off with an indoor session to introduce the award, personal and group leader kit, weather and reviewing the fundamental navigation skills before heading off for a little walk in the Shropshire countryside. It was great to see the group applying the skills learnt earlier in the day and we made good progress around the walk with some excellent relocation skills being demonstrated. The day finished off with a route planning exercise for the next days walk.

The team in action on Day 2

Day 2 – Applying the Fundamentals
A little session on Responsibilities of the Group Leader and it was off for the second day’s walk which was around Ellesmere. The group continued to develop their skills and it was lovely to see and hear their mini presentations. We also talked about the environment and looked at dealing with minor /major incidents before heading back for the final debrief.

The feedback from the course was exceptional and Chris was particularly pleased to see this review on Facebook.

Attended an absolutely fantastic 2 day Lowland Leader course with Chris. Really knowledgeable, great teacher (and very patient!!). The walks he took us on were well chosen and allowed us to practice our skills, as well as gave us the opportunity to talk through anything we did not understand. I have also attended one of his bush craft courses which was hugely enjoyable! Highly recommend him!

If you would like to attend a Lowland Leader Training or Assessment course run by CHMAS then please take a look at our Get Qualified Pages to find out more.

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Working For Arthog Outreach

The think about it – do it – make it better cycle

Another good couple of days working for Arthog Outreach, which has seen predominantly leading team building sessions, something I have come to realise I am exceedingly good at.

Year 3 / Year 4 Team Building
In the morning, I delivered team building challenges and games to a Year 3 Group through the process of Plan – Do – Review cycle. We played lots of games (hoop challenge, balance tray, keeper of the keys, alphabet to name but a few). As a reward for the efforts we finished off with a few traversing games on the climbing wall.

For the afternoon group, the team building was delivered through the vehicle of climbing session, with the group having personal challenge (how high they climbed) and then taking responsibility for each other when belaying. A very enjoyable session and hopefully the group will take some of the things they learnt back into the classroom with them.

OAA Team Building Afternoon
We had four schools involved in afternoon of team building and climbing challenges and a mighty fine afternoon it was too. It was really nice to see the young people getting stuck into the activities and trying to do the best they could. Judging by the feedback received everyone had a good time including the staff. Some were so impressed with our activity provision they have been in touch for us to run additional activities for them. A job well done in my opinion.

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Another Week At Arthog Outreach

It’s good to be back in the grove for Arthog Outreach and this week, I have been leading canoeing and team building challenges, which despite my cold were very enjoyable with lots of smiling faces and laughter ringing in my ears!

Canoe and fungi forage

Canoeing With Year 4’s at Simpsons Pool
Although canoeing was the theme for these sessions it was used as a vehicle to deliver team building, confidence and co-operation. The teams worked to unload the canoes, built the super canoes, worked together to propel the canoes and then at the end of the session dismantled the super canoes and loaded the trailer. We played lots of games on the water, compass, fruit salad, thunder, speed challenges and stand up paddling. During the lunch time break, the group spotted some fungi and were keen to identify them

Judging by the feedback received everyone had a good time and a special thanks needs to go to Jamie and Tom for their help and support in delivering these sessions.

Team Building With A Year 3 & 4 Group
In the morning, I delivered team building challenges and games to a Year 3 Group through the process of Plan – Do – Review cycle. We played lots of games (hoop challenge, balance tray, keeper of the keys to name but a few). As a reward for the efforts we finished off with a few traversing games on the climbing wall.

For the afternoon group, the team building was delivered through the vehicle of climbing session, with the group having personal challenge (how high they climbed) and then taking responsibility for each other when belaying. A very enjoyable session and hopefully the group will take some of the things they learnt back into the classroom with them.

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CHMAS – First Aid Training

Here at CHMAS, we are very passionate about or first aid training and would like to see this life saving skill taught in schools and be rolled out to the adult population too. That’s why, CHMAS is registered to provide the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) – Heartstart scheme.

Heartstart Training In Progress

About The Heartstart Scheme
The Heartstart course lasts 2 hours and is provided free of charge, so its a great way to learn some fundamental life saving skllls. The topics covered on the course are: how to recognise a heart attack and a cardiac arrest;  help an unconscious person;
perform CPR; help someone who is choking;  respond to serious bleeding.

More information about our courses can be found on the Heartstart – CHMAS Facebook page. The courses really are great fun and could help you save someone’s life!

Rescue Emergency Care (REC) First Aid Courses
Chris is also a Rescue Emergency Care (REC) First Aid Trainer and can currently deliver the following courses:

Workplace First Aid
Emergency First At Work (EFAW) and First Aid at Work (FAW)

Children’s First Aid
Paediatric First Aid (PFA) and Emergency Paediatric First Aid (EPFA)

Outdoor First Aid
REC Emergency (Outdoor) First Aid Course (16 hour)
REC Advanced (pending final sign off)

The feedback from our last outdoor first aid course was exceptional despite the snow/cold weather for the practical outdoor scenarios and Chris was especially pleased to receive this email from on of the participants a few days after the course.

After completing the 1st Aid outdoors over the weekend course I had my first real casualty on Tuesday when my boss broke his right arm and sprained his left wrist and gashed his leg in a spectacular crash landing off his 9Bot (electronic uni wheel or guaranteed disaster machine as I like to call it) what a gift!
He tried the tough man “I haven’t got time to go to hospital” routine but thanks to my expert training by you Chris Hughes I managed to persuade him. TWO! Fractures to the right wrist, how many points do I get for that?

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