RE: Any Beach Lifeguards About?
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
*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