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NEXT Top 10 Non-Drilling Related Skills for Diamond Drillers

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Apr 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A few weeks ago we published list of the top 10 skills diamond drillers should have mastered - skills that were not drilling related. The list we had come up with was too long to publish in one blog, so we published the first 10.  Here now is the follow up to that blog – the next top 10 skills that you may want to master in order to be a competent man in today’s world. 



1)  Start a fire without matches
Starting a fire is a lot easier when you have matches at your disposal but what do you do if you don’t have any? There are a few ways to start a fire without matches and they include using a magnifying glass, a battery or simply rubbing two sticks together. You should know as many different methods as possible.

2) Treat frostbite
If you are working in northern areas and exposed to wind-chill, it can take very little time to get frostbite. It hits your extremities first and a loss of colour and feeling are the first signs. One tip for treating frostbite is to rewarm the affected areas slowly with warm, not hot water.

3) Perform CPR
Calling 911 and waiting or an ambulance may not be an option if you are in the wilderness or miles away from an urban center. Knowing how to perform CPR can save lives. Even if you‘ve taken a course, it is recommended you take a refresher course so you don’t panic or forget under pressure.

4) Treat a burn
This can happen onsite from a campfire, overheated engine, all kinds of things. You should know how to treat a burn, especially second degree burns where a blister forms. For starters, you should apply cool, not cold water to cool off the area, make sure it is clean and apply an antibiotic cream. Contrary to popular belief, you should not pop a blister since this will increase the risk of infection.

5) Perform the Heimlich maneuver
Most people have heard of the Heimlich maneuver but not too many have actually performed it on anyone. Many think it is simply putting your arms around someone’s middle section and squeezing, but it’s a good idea to learn exactly how to do this properly and save a choking victim.

6) Carry someone to safety
In the movies, when we see someone carrying a friend to safety, they do it like firemen or soldiers. This is the best way because it distributes the weight evenly so that there is minimal strain and allows you to carry for longer distances. Good to know if someone is injured and it’s up to you to carry them.

7) Tie a tourniquet
There are some possible problems that can arise when tying a tourniquet but if you are out in the wilderness or far from quick medical attention, it may be used as a last resort. Making sure you know how to tie one properly is important to make sure excessive bleeding is topped without damaging tissue.

8) Change a flat tire
Driving to remote areas can sometimes result in a blown tire. How embarrassing if you don’t know how to change a flat tire. Knowing what to do can save your butt and allow you to help some other unfortunate traveler by the side of a road. If you don’t yet know how, ask a friend or your Dad to show you or if you’re shy to ask, check out a video

9) Jumpstart a car

It will inevitably happen that one day that you forget a dome light on and return to your car to find the battery dead. Knowing how to jumpstart your car is incredibly useful yet not everyone knows how. Don’t be one of them.

10) Drive a stick shift

You never know when an emergency may require that you need to jump into a car or truck that is not yours. Knowing how to use a clutch and stick shift is one skill that everyone needs to master, not only men. Get a friend to show you or take a course, at least you’ll know you can jump into a cool little sports car and drive like a pro.


Yes, there are many skills that a guy needs to master but I’m guessing that a lot of you already have many of these skills learned and under control. Check in again in a few weeks when we tackle another 10 skills.


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