Aquatic and Pool Lifeguard trainers refresh their skills

3 May 2022
Pool Lifeguard Trainers practising a spinal rescueRoyal Life Saving WA recently hosted two important professional development events for specialist aquatic trainers from around the state.

These events provided an important opportunity for the trainers to refresh their own skills, as well as hear the latest training tips and requirements. Pool Lifeguard trainers convened at the Claremont Pool on Friday 29th April, while Aquatic trainers from the South West region attended an Aquatic PD Day at the South West Sports Centre on Saturday 30th April.

Pool Lifeguard trainers from around the state came together for a full day of professional development, led by Royal Life Saving WA VET Coordinator Leanne Coverley-Brandis. Both “new” and “old” trainers enjoyed the opportunity to meet each other and share best practices and teaching methods, while also completing their pool lifeguard requalification during the session.

The group discussed the latest requirements for training compliance and procedures, together with aspects of the Pool Lifeguard course demonstrated both in and out of the pool. Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainer Coordinator, Francesca Amoroso, says that face-to-face PD sessions are important for this trainer group. “We want to ensure that pool lifeguards around WA receive the best training to keep patrons safe around pools.”

Aquatic Trainers at a PD session at the South West Sports CentreThe following day saw a different group of trainers in a different pool, but together for the same purpose. The South West Aquatic PD session saw regional trainers come together to focus on assessment of the Bronze Medallion, the pinnacle of lifesaving training. The aquatic trainers also received recommendations on teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lori Buchanan receiving her WA Meritorious Service Order awardFollowing the morning session in the pool, the Community Education team took the opportunity to recognise an outstanding trainer for her work in the South West region. Lori Buchanan was presented with the Western Australia Meritorious Service Order for her continuous commitment to teaching lifesaving skills. 

Lori has worked as a swimming instructor for almost 20 years and became a Bronze Examiner in 2007, delivering Bronze Medallion, Resuscitation and Aquatic Rescue courses in the Bunbury area. Lori says she loves attending these professional development sessions and sharing ideas with other aquatic trainers to keep her skills sharp and current.

Well done to Lori and all of our aquatic and pool lifeguard trainers who took the time to work on their professional development at these aquatic sessions!