Keeping up with the Kimberly pool lifeguards

5 November 2020

The outdoor pool season runs year-round in the Kimberley, so the Royal Life Saving WA training team ventured up North to help keep the pool staff trained up.

Two people wearing breathing apparatuses carrying rescue manikins

Travelling between Kununurra and Broome 11 future lifeguards received their qualifications which includes training in areas such as supervision, risk management and aquatic rescues. 

In addition, 24 current lifeguards received their requalification. The requalification is required annually to help sustain the lifeguard’s confidence and ability to prevent accidents and respond competently when they occur.

The importance of a qualified aquatic workforce is important for the community. RLSSWA pool lifeguard trainer Leanne Coverley-Brandis says that “aiding and building a sustainable workforce for the aquatic and recreation industry allows the swimming pools to operate effectively and to stay open so children and families can participate in positive activities through the summer.”

New lifeguards, as well as existing qualified lifeguards, are currently in high demand as a recent report shows there are severe staff shortages in the WA aquatic industry. It’s estimated that 560 pool lifeguards will be needed during the summer season.

Follow the link below for more information on becoming a pool lifeguard. 

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