ASMA and Pink Ribbons

It was a busy weekend of motorcycling related activities. On Saturday I participated in an all day, motorcycle specific first aid course called ‘Accident Scene Management – A Crash Course for Motorcyclists’. And it was pretty good. Generally, it’s about skilling up riders to manage motorcycle crash scenes. The specific focus was predominantly on trauma and managing someone whose had an “off”. A lot of emphasis was placed on reducing injuries to a rider whose come off through the correct pattern of care, specifically via spine and neck care. For example, they taught a two person and a one person technique to remove the helmet from an unconscious rider whose airway is compromised while supporting their neck. The course is an offshoot of an American motorcycle specific program developed by Vicki Sanfelipo called Accident Scene Management Inc. Here’s the Australian ASMA website. Additional online study with their affiliated RTO, along with demonstrating some hands on skills such as CPR on the day, meant that I and some others were eligible to also receive a level 2 first aid certification.

On Sunday I participated in the annual Geelong Pink Ribbon ride. It’s a fundraiser for the Andrew Love Centre cancer ward at The Geelong Hospital that the Ulysses club and Peter Stevens Motorcycles jointly put on. There was huge turnout and I was glad that I’d volunteered to do some corner marking for the event. The weather could not have been better and Corio Bay looked sensational from the Eastern Park start and finish site. The event was really well run and it was great to see so many different types of motorcyclists come together to support the local community. Lots of kudos to “Gentle” from the Ulysses club, Mary from Peter Stevens Geelong and many other volunteers from local service clubs.

Here’s a link to a gallery of pics I took PINK RIBBON RIDE. Click on Slideshow for best viewing.

7 thoughts on “ASMA and Pink Ribbons

  1. that motorcycle first aid course sounds well worth it as there is never enough knowledge in a emergency

    and a good looking turnout for the pink ribbon ride

  2. No worries Jules. It is a long way to come but we shall endeavor to have a good time and tell you all about it on one of my blog posts. Cheers, Raymond

  3. Hey Jules did you get your pink bits out?
    Good cause and well done on the MC first aid course, with any luck you won’t need it at all, but feel safe knowing that its there in the back of your mind if you do.

    • My pink bits remained well and truly hidden! yes hopefully its like wet weather gear – if you bring it you won’t need it. Actually, the idea with this course is that everyone in a riding group should have some skills rather than just one ‘expert’ of the crew – what if its them who needs the care?

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