SPOR06053 2017 Pool Lifeguard Skills

General Details

Full Title
Pool Lifeguard Skills
Transcript Title
Pool Lifeguard Skills
75 %
Subject Area
SPOR - Sport/Rec/Leisure
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Paula Ryder
Programme Membership
SG_BAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BSPOR_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport with Business SG_BAPPL_B07 202100 Bachelor of Business in Applied Sport with Business

This module prepares students to work as a pool lifeguard in various types of swimming pools.

Students who meet the external body attendance requirements and standards will receive the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) certification.

Pre requisites: Places are allocated on a 1st come 1st served basis provided you fulfil swim pre requisites! Students must be able to Jump / dive into deep water, swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds. A good standard of swim fitness is NECESSARY. Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water. Swim 40m proficient inverted breaststroke. Swim 40m proficient sidestroke. Tread water for 30 seconds & surface dive to the floor of the pool. Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate basic life support on adult, child and infant manikins; including the use of an AED to the required standard using team work and communication principles


Examine a wide variety of first aid emergencies and plan first aid treatment.


Differentiate between a comprehensive selection of effective land and water based rescues with and without the use of rescue aids.


Identify possible spinal injury casualties and effectively demonstrate Spinal Cord Injury Management Techniques in shallow and deep water


Appraise the role & responsibilities of the lifeguard.


Examine the policies and procedures associated with working in a swimming pool facility.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures, Direct instruction -demonstration, practice - drills, case studies, peer practice, role play, scenario based training, worksheets, independent study and physical training.

Module Assessment Strategies

An attendance requirement is set at 75%.  It is possible to pass continuous assessment and not get external accreditation.


Practical assessment - Performance in CPR, First Aid & rescue skills

Written assessment - Pool lifeguard theory

Externally assessed - practical performance (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification)



Repeat Assessments

Students who have to complete repeat assessments do so for a maximum mark of 40% .

Indicative Syllabus


Outline the role & responsibilities of the lifeguard.

Review supervisory scanning & zoning methods used by lifeguards.

Discuss the Pool Safety Operating Procedures.

Debate the content of NOP, EAP & Risk Assessments.


Review the role of the lifeguard & the law.

Define the requirements of Health & Safety legislation & practices in Swimming Pools.

Express ways in which disabled bathers & groups from ethnic minorities can be catered for in the leisure environment.

Outline the supervisory procedures for small pools.

Critique the underlying principles of life support.

Investigate the differences between adult, child & infant life support.

Explain the safety procedures for casualty & lifeguard in first aid treatments.

Discuss problems that occur when performing basic life support

Life Support

Assess the condition of a simulated casualty and perform effective basic life support on adult, child and infant manikins including 2 person CPR, the use of a pocket mask, life support for a casualty with a spinal cord injury. Demonstrate the use of an AED.

First Aid

Formulate a diagnosis based on signs, symptoms and history of a given casualty. Demonstrate effective treatment and management of the condition. Conditions to include: fractures, internal and external bleeding, unconscious casualty, choking, bites, burns, stings, shock, heart attack, epilepsy, asthma and diabetes.


Water based Skills

Perform a land based rescue using a suitable piece of rescue equipment

Effectively demonstrate SCIM techniques in shallow & deep water.

Demonstrate a water based contact rescue over 5 metres.

Perform an efficient 25 m approach to a conscious casualty and demonstrate an effective contact tow over 25m within 65 seconds

Demonstrate the ability to swim 25m to an unconscious casualty carry out an effective rescue over 10m within 45 seconds;

Show an ability to pick up a submersible manikin from the deepest part of the pool on the first attempt.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written exam on pool lifeguard theory Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 25 % Week 6 5,6
2 Active and regular particiption in practical class Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Submission of completed worksheets in lifeguard manual Continuous Assessment Individual Project 20 % Week 12 2,5,6
4 National Pool Lifeguard Qualification practical assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 25 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom Presentation 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Swimming Pool Lifeguard training 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

The Lifeguard. RLSS UK. 8th Ed.Alex Blackwell (2016)

Managing health and safety in swimming pools 2nd ed. Health and Safety Commission & Sport England. Sudsbury: HSE books. (1999)

Other Resources

Online resources from RLSS

First aid training materials

Laerdal resuscitation manikans

Rescue equipment

Automated External Defibrillator

Additional Information