New faces join pool lifeguard ranks in Hedland

3 January 2022

In December last year, Royal Life Saving WA Aquatic Trainer Ryan Scally delivered a pool lifeguard and requalification course for a total of 29 participants in Port Hedland. Many of the group were completing their pool lifeguard qualification for the first time, while seven people were completing their annual requalification to renew their status as qualified pool lifeguards.

Pool lifeguard course participants in HedlandOf the 22 first-time participants, 15 are training through Royal Life Saving WA's Talent Pool program, which provides skills development and employment opportunities for young Aboriginal people and works to provide ongoing employment opportunities for program graduates both within and beyond the aquatic industry. Talent Pool is proudly funded by Principal Community Partner BHP.

The course was delivered over the weekend of 11th and 12th December 2021 at the South Hedland Aquatic Centre. Participants had already completed their Provide First Aid certificate, allowing them to enrol in the two-day version of the pool lifeguard course. With a basic knowledge of first aid and CPR, the group were able to move on to the specialised units within the Pool Lifeguard skill set.

pool lifeguard course participants practising first aid techniquesThe course includes several units of competency including basic and advanced water rescues, supervising clients in aquatic locations, and administering oxygen in an emergency. A pool lifeguard's job is to ensure the safety of others, to prevent accidents from occurring and to save lives. It is a challenging and extremely rewarding career!

Trainer Ryan had the participants navigating emergency situations that could potentially occur in the local setting, using two lifeguards to manage suspected spinal injuries relevant to the regional and remote aquatic centres and how this differs from the metro area.

The scenario/role-play activities were very entertaining in addition to being educational! Participants all walked away from the course with a new perspective on first aid management, and will now go on to complete their practical hours by shadowing an employed pool lifeguard during various shifts.

Congratulations to everyone who attended the course for a job well done, and we look forward to seeing them patrolling our aquatic centres very soon! If you’d like to learn more about training to become a pool lifeguard, follow the link below.

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