Workforce Solutions team demonstrates great lifeguard teamwork

27 August 2021
Royal Life Saving WA’s Workforce Solutions team recently underwent their annual Pool Lifeguard requalification training. The team are all trained and qualified as lifeguards, possessing the skills and knowledge to prevent accidents and respond to incidents when they occur.

Workforce Solutions team practising CPR on manikinsBeing able to perform basic and advanced water rescues, provide emergency care and first aid, and administer oxygen in an emergency situation are just some of the skills our crew are equipped with. The team update their skills every year with a Pool Lifeguard requalification course

Staff members Warren Goodwin, Ali Harding, Cahles Lewis, Jay McLean, Jake Manning, Pida Bule-Turner and Luciana Rabl all attended the training on 26th August at Bold Park Aquatic Centre. The course was led by Pool Lifeguard Trainer Ryan Scally, who was recently awarded a Royal Life Saving Western Australian Service Order at a Community Trainer recognition event, recognising his many years of service in furthering the work of Royal Life Saving in the aquatic industry.

Ryan has worked in aquatics for more than two decades and has been a Royal Life Saving WA Community Trainer since 2015. He is committed to the development of the next generation of aquatic industry staff, including mentoring and assessing young trainees working towards their qualifications in Aquatic, Sport and Community Recreation.

group practising spinal board rescue through tricky terrainIn addition to going over the basic skills of the course, Ryan threw some curveballs at the group and mixed things up to provide more of a challenge.

“Some spinal board practice was done through the nature play area too so that it wasn’t on an even surface and we were having to get through obstacles,” said Ali Harding, Workforce Solutions Business Manager. Setting up a realistic scenario forced the team to think on their feet – they met the challenge successfully, creating “a team system where the team members rotate so that it’s done smoothly and safely.”

The team enjoyed working with such an experienced trainer. Warren Goodwin, Workforce Solutions Operations Coordinator, said that Ryan “tailored our training to our unique working environment and gave us some new ideas on how to react to situations out in the field. This course was well suited to our needs and [Ryan] presented the content in a fun interactive way.”

Our Workforce Solutions division provides professional lifeguard services for public and private events and aquatic facilities. Some recent high profile jobs the team have worked on have included the WA Day celebrations, True Grit obstacle course challenge, and the Melville Midwinter event.

To learn more about the professional lifeguard services offered by Royal Life Saving WA, please visit the link below.
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