Published: Wednesday 10 January 2018
We've a new instructor on our team, but she comes with years of experience! Meet Marita Edwards who's been teaching first aid for almost thirty years...
Name: Marita Edwards
What do you teach? First aid
How long have you been an instructor? Nearly 30 years - I started when I was young!
What made you want to become an instructor? I ran a St. John's Ambulance Unit and they needed an instructor
Have you always been an instructor? Yes and a florist
What’s your favourite part of your job? Empowering people and maybe saving a life indirectly.
How do you keep your skills up to date? Attending CPD with St. John's Ambulance (SJA) and going out on SJA public duties and reading lots of updates
Do you have any favourite websites that you use? All sorts including the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK
What qualities do you think are important in a first aid instructor? Fun with good sense of humour, flexible, patient, ability to adapt to situations, a people person, good communicator.
What benefits do you derive from first aid? Ability to share my knowledge and skills.
What’s your top tip for first aid? You are treating a person not just an injury.
Who would you most like to teach on one of your courses? A group of comedians. That would be great fun.
Our Paediatric First Aid course is held at locations in Sussex and London Victoria. Our Baby and Child First Aid course for parents and carers are held in Angmering and Brighton and Hove.
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