Pool lifeguard recruits prove themselves in Hedland

22 December 2020

During the first weekend of December, a group of pool-lifeguards-in-training descended on South Hedland Aquatic Centre to undertake their training and assessment.  

21 participants were put through their paces both mentally and physically over the two-day course, which involves both theory and practical components. Participants hailed from Hedland, Roebourne and even as far as Perth, with a number recruited via the Royal Life Saving WA Talent Pool program.

pool lifeguards in training at south hedland aquatic centreThe course was led by instructor Sarah Hull, who took the group through various practical procedures, including rescue response, rescue skills and procedures. Other aspects of the course included accident prevention, pool operations, venue considerations and administration and management.

Participants learned how to correctly signal other lifeguards to inform them of a situation. 

lifeguard students practising a spinal rescue

They simulated a spinal injury rescue, learning the signs and signals that may present if someone had potentially compromised their spine. They practised applying a head block to a casualty and supporting the casualty’s neck to maintain their airway, as well as removing a spinal casualty from the water.

Advanced first aid and oxygen administration are an essential component of lifeguarding skills and were another important focus of the course.  Participants demonstrated delivering CPR and using an AED for resuscitation, as well as administrating oxygen therapy.

Demand for qualified pool lifeguards remains high as aquatic centres see an increase in visitation after the disruptions of COVID-19, so ensuring training courses are available in all regions of WA is vitally important. Thanks to the Town of Port Hedland and Principal Community Partner BHP for their ongoing support in ensuring these courses are made available throughout the Pilbara region.
Learn more about becoming a pool lifeguard at the link below.

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