Lifeguard Information for Students in September 2018

Do you know anyone who will be attending Swansea University in September, who will be looking for Lifeguasrd Positions.
They would need to Contact Water Safety Department, who train all the Lifefguards in Swansea.
They would need a valid National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, and a Pool Test.
Please Telephone 01792 635162
www.swansea.gov.uk/watersafety

PRE-REQUISITES

All new pool test candidates MUST possess and show proof of a current R.L.S.S. National Pool Lifeguard Qualification or S.T.A National Aquatic Rescue Award before undertaking a pool test.
All NEW candidates must be referred via an Active Swansea Community leisure centre, Wales National Pool or The LC – The water safety section must receive confirmation from the site prior to booking and confirming a pool test date/time with the candidate.
Existing lifeguards renewing their pool test will be internally organised and confirmed by the Water Safety section (Shown in weekly lifeguard information sent to all sites)

All candidates must wear appropriate *t-shirt and shorts throughout the water section of the test. (*Please note -Rash vests are not permitted). Also all candidates will be expected to alert other team members of the need for an in-water rescue, prior to entering the water (Whistle signals recommended by the RLSS UK only)

Section 1: Timed swims and tows (Fitness Skills)

1.1 Timed swim – Conscious Casualty
• Time limit is 65 seconds (time commences from the word ‘GO’ and stops when the Lifeguard touches the wall at the end of the tow).
• Swim 20m with a torpedo buoy to a simulated, conscious casualty and tow to a point of support 20m distance from the casualty.
• Carry out all necessary checks and take appropriate action

1.2 Timed swim – Unconscious Casualty
• Time limit is 45 seconds (time commences from the word ‘GO’ and stops when the Lifeguard touches the wall at the end of the tow).
• Swim 20 m to a simulated, unconscious casualty and tow to a point of support 10m distance from the casualty.
• Appropriate action to be taken after carrying out all necessary checks.

1.3 Rescue Tow 3 x 10m
• Demonstrate three consecutive contact tows over a 10m of a conscious casualty who is in deep water.
• There is no time limit to this part of the test, but reasonable progress through the water is expected. The choices of tows are;

Extended Arm**
Close Chin
Cross Chest
Hip Support
Under Shoulder Support
Arm Support

**Please note – The lifeguard will be required to show extended arm rescue tow if not seen during test 1.1 or 1.2.

WATER SAFETY SECTION
POOL LIFEGUARD POOL TEST
INFORMATION SHEET 2012

Section 2: Spinal rescues

2.1 – Deep Water Spinal Rescue
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Enter the water and demonstrate a vice grip turn
• Trawl the casualty to a position as required by the assessor.

2.2 – Shallow Water Spinal Rescue
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Enter the water and demonstrate a head splint
• Turn, support and take the casualty to a position as required by the assessor.

2.3 – Spinal Team Support
The lifeguard must demonstrate;
• Full knowledge of all techniques required for resuscitation of a suspected spinal injury casualty and the horizontal lift of that casualty.

Slide Catchment Area Spinal (LC only)
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Demonstrate an adapted head splint turn and support the casualty within a slide catchment area as specified by the assessor.

Section 3 – Deep water rescue

3.1 / 3.2 – Deep water Recovery
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Enter the water safely , submerge to the deepest part of the pool and recover a
submersible manikin to the surface on the first attempt
• Tow casualty to a point of support.
• Demonstrate simulated water based E.A.V. until the assessor requests the casualty
to be removed from the water, with trained assistance.
• On arrival remove the casualty from the water, and show effective turning of casualty into the face up position.

3.3 – Water based resuscitation
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Demonstrate water based C.P.R. until instructed by the assessor.

3.4 – Action for regurgitation
The lifeguard will be required to:
• Demonstrate the technique for managing a casualty who is regurgitating stomach contents, re-establishing an airway and continuing with C.P.R.

3.5 – Recovery position (regaining consciousness)
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Demonstrate the technique for placing a casualty in the recovery position when casualty shows positive signs of regaining consciousness and normal breathing.

WATER SAFETY SECTION
POOL LIFEGUARD POOL TEST
INFORMATION SHEET 2012

Section 4 – CPR and AED

4.1 – Adult CPR. (Sudden Collapse)
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Demonstrate appropriate casualty management and perform emergency resuscitation on an unconscious adult casualty deemed to have suffered a sudden collapse.

4.2 – Child and Baby CPR.
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Demonstrate appropriate casualty management and perform emergency resuscitation on either a child or baby casualty or both

4.3 – AED
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Demonstrate appropriate casualty management and perform an effective emergency setup of an Automated External Defibrillator on an Adult casualty.
• Provide full knowledge of all aspects of AED use

Oxygen Therapy (WNPS only)
The lifeguard will be required to;
• Provide full knowledge of all aspects of the oxygen therapy use and set up

Section 5 – Theory and first aid

5.1 – CPR Theory
The lifeguard will be asked to;
• Demonstrate and/or describe the procedures, techniques and show knowledge of the practices associated with a range of condition associated with CPR

5.2 – First Aid
The lifeguard will be asked to;
• Demonstrate and/or describe the procedures, techniques and show knowledge of the practices associated with a range of First aid conditions.

All queries regarding the pool test or an application to take a pool test should be made to the:-

Water Safety
Room 213
Penllergaer Council Offices
Penllergaer
Swansea
SA4 9GJ
((01792) 635162
water.safety@swansea.gov.uk
www.swansea.gov.uk/watersafety