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Hawaii Gas Beach Picnic – First Aid Station

Setting up the First Aid Station

Setting up the First Aid Station

Yesterday I spent the day in Kailua at the Hawaii Gas annual Summer BBQ on the beach in Kailua.

Hawaii Gas is very concerned with safety, both on the job and off. For this reason they have decided to incorporate safety into their employee events.

I was hired as a medic to stand-by just in case anything were to happen, and to man a First Aid Station.

Two lifeguards were also hired to keep everyone safe in the water and prevent any accidents from happening.

After getting the First Aid Station setup, I spent the remainder of the day avoiding sunburn and passing out bandaids for minor scrapes and cuts to the children of the employees who spent the day playing in the ocean.

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Hawaii Gas Picnic First Aid Station

After receiving rain the previous night we were worried about the event getting rained out, but the weather cooperated with us for the event.

The only thing that we had to deal with was very strong winds throughout the day that almost blew my tent away.

Even with 30 pounds of weights on each of the tents four legs, and me standing on top of the weights of one leg, the wind was still lifting the tent up off the ground at one point as a squall line passed through.

With the high winds we were also concerned about Portuguese Man O’War being blown into the area, so I prepared to deal with any possible stings. Fortunately there were no marine life incidents and I was able to have a quite boring day for a change.

Deep Diver Specialty

Today I completed the Deep Diver Specialty course and I have several other specialties and classes that I have already scheduled over the next couple of weeks.

My fears are still alive and well and it is still a challenge to overcome them with each dive, but I am not giving up.

Open Water Diver Rating

I decided to become certified in SCUBA diving through PADI and after confined water training and 4 open water dives obtained my Open Water Diver certification today.

It was difficult working through my fears of not being able to breath throughout the course, butI trusted the instructors and set my mind to it that I was going to complete this course and overcome my fears.

I havent quite overcome them yet, but I am not allowing them to control me any longer.

Dive 2

Date: January 26, 2013       Dive Shop:  Deep Ecology, Haleiwa, HI.

Location: Kakaako Beach Park,   Oahu, Hawaii

Visibility: 6-12′       Air Temp:   78       Bottom Temp:  74      Weight:  25lbs.

Depth:  23′       Time: :20

Start PSI: 2,500    End PSI: 2,000      Air/EANx:  21%

Performed basic SCUBA skills with instructor in the ocean off of Kaakaako Beach Park in downtown Honolulu. Surge conditions made it very difficult to maintain position, and visibility was very low due to surge.

Had a Hammerhead Shark circling overhead during the class while we were kneeling on the sand in a circle performing mask removal skills.

Dive 1

Date: January 26, 2013       Dive Shop:  Deep Ecology, Haleiwa, HI.

Location: Kakaako Beach Park,    Oahu, Hawaii

Visibility: 10-20′       Air Temp:   78       Bottom Temp:  74      Weight:  25lbs.

Depth:  18′       Time: :25

Start PSI: 2,500    End PSI: 2,000      Air/EANx:  21%

Performed basic SCUBA skills with instructor in the ocean off of Kaakaako Beach Park in downtown Honolulu. Surge conditions made it very difficult to maintain position, and visibility was very low due to surge.

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