Hyperbaric Chamber to provide tour guides with free EFR/CPR training
While tour guides have until July 31, 2017 to renew their license, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) requires them to have a valid copy of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First-aid certificate/card. Offering assistance in meeting that requirement is the Belize Hyberbaric Chamber, through free training opportunities in CPR and Emergency First Response (EFR).
For the past 30 years, the Chamber has been the referral unit for all of Belize, and is part of the most successful outcome treatment record network worldwide. With certified trainers that can give CPR and EFR, the Chamber is more than willing to train tour guides two or three days out of the week. As the training is free, the tour guides only have to pay for their registration book.
According to Moreno, it is imperative that all tour guides get trained. “We are concerned with our marine tour guides. These guides, by the nature of their occupation, can encounter accidents in a remote location, which can be far away from surrounding infrastructure. It is vital for this destination, especially since we’re the number one island, to be trained in EFR and CPR. If they’re trained, we can have a safely cured patient instead of a fatality [which can] classify Belize as an unsafe country [to dive in],” said Moreno.
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