As I may have mentioned a while ago, I’m “involved” with the local Edinburgh Motorbike group affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. EDAM as they are cheesily called have an events coordinator who has done an excellent job of getting some events off the ground. Organising these can be quite challenging as some events really need a minimum number of attendees to make them viable. But we do everything we can to make them as accessible and cheap to EDAM members.
One thing organised recently was a First Biker on Scene type course. This is a first aid course tailored to the sort of things we might need as bikers – our fun does involve an element of risk, which we seek to minimise, but we can always help others we come across.
It was the first time I had done anything like this and was a lot to take in, but a lot of fun. I’ve got the basic supplies to carry on my bike now (I have a kit in the car already) and have bought a book to remind myself.
Thanks to Elliot Beattie who is the EDAM events coordinator, and Derek McNaught MBE of Spectrum Training (and St Andrews Ambulance) who conducted the course.