SPOR06053 2017 Pool Lifeguard Skills
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.
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)
Students who have to complete repeat assessments do so for a maximum mark of 40% .
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
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.
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
|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
|Practical||Swimming Pool||Lifeguard training||2||Weekly||2.00|
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)
Online resources from RLSS
First aid training materials
Laerdal resuscitation manikans
Automated External Defibrillator