It seems men are only learning First Aid or CPR because they have to – a compulsory work or study requirement, for example. However, just like learning martial arts to protect your family or loved ones and even save their life, every man should learn First Aid for the very same reason.
Here’s 3 reasons why every man should learn First Aid.
1. Keep Them Alive
You’re hiking in the Australian outback and a loved one is bitten by one of the many venomous snakes that patrol the dense shrubs, rockeries, and cliff faces – what do you do?
As a man one of our core reasons for existing is the role of Protector = our family, loved ones, community, and so on. I’m repeating myself here but I think it’s important to get this point across. Knowing what to do when your wife, girlfriend, family, or any one close to you requires medical assistance should be a ‘no-brainer.’ As a father, uncle, mate, co-worker, and active community member I am able to act when someone close to me has had an accident or taken a turn for the worse (read stroke, heart attack, loss of consciousness) because I am trained to act in emergency.
2. Boosts Self- Confidence
This in turn has boosted my self-confidence and self-esteem. One of the core components in becoming a better man is investing yourself, upgrading your life, and having a deep sense of power – the power to act, perform, and remain in control in a crisis. Knowing you have the skills to potentially save a life of someone you care for caters for all of that and then some – “cometh the hour, cometh the man.”
3. Improved Job Prospects
Last but certainly not least is improved job prospects. By law (here in Australia*) every employer must have a least one employee qualified in First Aid. Thus, having a First Aid qualification can set you apart from other candidates when applying for a job, and in some cases, land you that promotion.
Cost of qualification: A hundred bucks or so
Time to complete: Half a day, give or take
Knowing you could save the life of a loved one: Priceless.
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Cari saluti da Melbourne! And as always, thanks for reading
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