Remote Surf Travel First Aid Kit
I've got a mate who loves to play the Lotto. Not so long ago he roped me into a syndicate on the promise of a big win. But when I told him my numbers he shook his head.
"You can't pick 17," he said with the certainty of a gambler. "History shows that number has come up fewer times than any other ball".
Clearly he knew his history, but my mate knew nothing about probability, 'cos if he did he'd know that fewer past appearances actually increase the odds of a future event happening.
While packing for a surf trip last month I was struck by a different version of the same argument. I'd never really hurt myself while on a surf trip, yet I'd been on a few, was it time for my number to come up?
With this in mind I walked to the chemist to fill my first aid kit. But with what? Twenty band-aids, a tube of Savlon, and a safety pin..? I'd never needed much else before.
As it happened I didn't need much that trip either - which takes me one trip closer to that dreaded number 17. But fortunately a package arrived in the post this week: The Remote Surf Travel First Aid Kit - marketed as the Calm As First Aid Kit.
The Calm As Kit has everything a travelling surfer needs, as collated by a bloke who knows. Dr Jon Cohen is an emergency surgeon and self-confessed frother, he's considered everything from sea urchin spike to the accidents that don't bear thinking about, and he's assembled a kit to deal with them all.
The kit is split into six smaller resealable packs, each labelled and divvied up for various injuries ("Reef Rash" "Urchins" "Dressings"). The whole lot then sits inside a water-resistant drawstring bag with a combined weight of 0.65kg. Bung it in your backpack and you'd hardly know it's there.
The Calm As Kit includes:
- 10 alco wipes
- 10 packs of gauze
- 10 non-sterile emergency nitrile gloves
- 5 x betadine wipes
- 5 x30mL packs of sterile saline for wound irrigation
- Sterile scissors
- Sterile tissue forceps
- 2 sterile packs of small wound closure strips (“steristrips”)
- 2 sterile packs of extra large wound closure strips
- 2 sterile 10mL syringes
- 2 sterile 18G blunt needles
- Sterile cotton applicators (“Q-tips”)
- Triangular bandage (“Shoulder sling”)
- 1.5m of flat-packed 3.75cm strapping tape
- 50cm x10cm sheet of breathable fabric wound dressing (“fixomul”)
- 2x medium water-proof transparent wound dressings (6x7cm)
- 2x large water-proof transparent wound dressings (10x12cm)
- 2x medium combines with waterproof backing (10x20cm)
- 2x large combines with waterproof backing (20x20cm)
- 2x tongue depressors (“finger splints”)
- 5x fabric bandaids
- 25g tube of Burnaid gel
- Aeroform Snakebite bandage (doubles as a “tensor bandage”)
As far as I'm aware this is the first commercially available surfer's first aid kit. And while it's comprehensive, Dr Cohen is looking to make continual improvements on it over the coming years. Surfers have always copped the occasional injury while on the road, and as more of us travel further, the odds are the incidents will increase.