Ray McPhee of Safely Home speaks to a group of kids about personal safety and self defence amongst the fall colours at Whispers Equine Learning the evening of Fri., Oct. 5. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

WATCH: Local youth learn personal safety and self defence

Ray McPhee of Safely Home and Whispers Equine Learning teamed up for a hands-on workshop on Oct. 5

Ray McPhee, president of Safely Home, and Shana Nicholls, program director of Whispers Equine Learning, pretend to be attackers while participants practice the “temper tantrum” method to avoid harm and scare off attackers.

 

The presentation involved physical and verbal hands-on scenarios to teach youth how to evade different physical attacks, like this wrist hold. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

The group included kids and teenagers, aged 10-17, participated in the workshop and had a lot of fun learning how to avoud becoming the victim and get home safely with McPhee’s realistic scenarios. Here two teenagers demonstrate how to get out of a choke hold. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

The participants were taught to scream to attracted attention and to run away as soon as they can after throwing punches or kicks to avoid getting kidnapped or hurt. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

The “temper tantrum” is when you get on your back, kick upwards and scream. It is designed to scare off an attacker and prevent them from being able to pick you up. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

Just Posted

Shots fired during Sylvan Lake and area crime spree

Sylvan Lake RCMP worked with other agencies to arrest four over the long weekend

Sylvan Lake family ‘humbled’ by support as son undergoes cancer treatment

Zane Baker was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017 and will now travel to Florida for treatment

Eckville Curling Rink vandalized

Earlier this year the Eckville Library was also vandalized with graffiti

Lacombe Minor Hockey wins Hockey Alberta Association of the Year Award

Skill development, commitment of volunteers and corporate sponsorship fuel success

Drivers reminded impairment and driving don’t mix

National Road Safety Week May 14 to 20

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Feds lay out proposed new rules for voice, video recorders in locomotives

Transport Canada wants to limit use of recorders to if a crew’s actions led to a crash

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Most Read