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2005/07/27 16:27:04 (permalink)

Any Beach Lifeguards About?

Anyone here a beach lifeguard? Im already a pool lifeguard n im taking the course for the beach one in about 3 weeks. Just wanted to know what im in for ... any help or "hints" would be awesome.

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    RE: Any Beach Lifeguards About? 2005/07/27 19:51:50 (permalink)
    The hardest thing about the course is the 400m timed swim. you have to do it in 8 minutes in the pool - but as long as you can swim reasonably well then it aint too hard. The course is harder than the pool one but all the first aid etc is the same. You do hardly any spinal work.

    The assesment goes something like

    Pool *400m swim in under 8 minutes
    *200m swim followed by 200m tow of an uncoincious, casualty who isnt breathing
    *Demonstration of two tows (hip support, underarm support etc)
    *Perform three releases (i.e. when a casualty graps you)
    *Seperate two drowning casualties and tow them 10 m

    Sea *400m run followed by 200m swim, followed by 200m tow of a conscious
    hypothermic casualty
    *200m swim, whilst following directions from the shore, then swim down to a
    depth of 2 meters, followed by towing an uncoincious, casualty who isnt
    breathing. Followed by 5 minutes of two person CPR
    *Seperate two casualties and tow back to shore
    * a random first aid and wet rescue senario

    CPR * Same as NPLQ (5 mins on adult, child and baby)

    First aid *Theory Questions
    * Not too sure about the rest of first aid as i didn't have to do it (Was doing a
    retake exam and had Life support level three)

    Lifeguard Theory * Answer loads of random questios about lifeguarding - some stuff same as pool lifeguard e.g. NOP EAP, drowning chain etc, and also beach specific stuff e,g, weather, cloud formation, tides, currents, flags, signels etc.

    I have been a beach lifeguard for 3 years and love it. Its more interesting than pool work, you get to be out in the sun all day - But when things go wrong they can go VERY WRONG!!!!

    Good luck and have fun

    Steve
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    RE: Any Beach Lifeguards About? 2005/07/27 19:59:20 (permalink)
    thanks v.much mate thats just what i needed to know, doesnt seem all too bad! Where abouts u lifeguarding?

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    RE: Any Beach Lifeguards About? 2005/07/27 20:01:57 (permalink)
    Hastings - South East coast

    Weather has been awfull for the last week - but supposed to be getting better next week so cant wait.

    It's a quality job, just make sure you can do the time swim, one guy on my course failed cos he was 1.5 second over. They are well strict.

    Where are you planning on working/taking the course?
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    RE: Any Beach Lifeguards About? 2005/07/27 20:08:54 (permalink)
    Im taking the course on august 21st - 28th methinks in newquay, theres also an extra day where i get to play with defribulators and theres no way im missing that! Assuming I pass and all goes well i'll hopefully be working in portsmouth if i go to portsmouth university or during the summer ill go down to poole or bournemouth. Is it true you get like 400 quids worth of lifeguard clothing when you sign onto a beach? oooo ooo and do you get to ride the quad bikes and jet skis for the training?????

    cheers

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    RE: Any Beach Lifeguards About? 2005/07/27 20:17:43 (permalink)
    Not down here mate - All the RLSS clothing is awful. As for the quads and jets ski's we dont have those either. You are more likely to get jet skis on beaches with surf breaks i.e. cornwall or devon, were it is reasonable hard to get out the back with paddle skis. Quads also depends on the beach, but again devon and cornwall lifeguards often seem to have them.

    We do get to spend the working day, playing, sorry working on a speedboat. You will defo have to get your powerboat level two to helm a boat or ride a jetski tho.
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