Thinking about taking a lifeguard training course but not sure what to expect? As a lead instructor at American Lifeguard Events, I’ve put together this exclusive video to give you an insider’s look at what really happens during certification preparation.
Whether you’re a new recruit wondering if you have what it takes or a seasoned guard considering advancing your training, understanding what a typical class involves is crucial before committing your time and efforts. So watch our deep-dive demonstration to ensure you’ll be fully prepared on day one of instruction.
Reviewing Key Concepts In Lifeguard Class
Most Lifeguard class start with reviewing theoretical knowledge. You’ll go over First Aid protocols like CPR, AED use, and bleeding control techniques. Expect to labeled anatomy diagrams and practice describing injury treatments. Repetition is key to recall during emergencies.
You’ll also cover patron screening, hazards like waves and currents, and your role with enforcement of policies. Instructors ensure all candidates understand their grave duties before entering the practical elements.
The physical assessments require a high level of stamina, so many trainees spend weeks improving their endurance before class. I’d recommend practicing timed swimming and adding interval training to build cardiovascular strength. Core exercises also help with in-water skills and carrying gear. Coming in with solid fitness fundamentals helps you to get the most from drills.
If seeking open-water certification, you’ll receive navigation lessons. We practice map-reading, land/seafaring orientation techniques and using buoys/markers to triangulate positions, especially important for patrols or responding to emergencies in remote coastal areas. Mastering these skills can be crucial when seconds count waiting for EMS.
First Aid Modules
Knowing how to handle injuries calmly is core to lifeguarding. We hold intensive sessions learning to take diagnostic vitals, set fractures with improvised splints, treat wounds and more. Mannequins simulate patients as you rehearse responding professionally to different medical scenarios. Critical thinking is key here as much as manual skills.
Facility Rules & Policies
Every guarded area has distinct procedures to ensure maximum safety. I’ll outline your facility’s emergency action plans, facility rules, signage protocols, incident report procedures and documentation requirements. Knowing these protects both patrons and your career.
Practicing Rescue Skills
The real training begins with repetitive water drills. You’ll practice effective surveillance from elevated stands and learn assists like wade and walk rescues using rescue tubes and spinal backboards.
Mastering advanced techniques takes time – from in-water resuscitation and safe assists of panicked swimmers to carrying and spineboarding injured parties. Instructors give constant feedback to refine your abilities.
Passing Rigorous Assessments
Certification requires demonstrating proficiencies through timed tests. Expect physically taxing rescues like swimming required distances while holding dummy victims. You’ll also perform full CPR cycles on mannequins within strict guidelines.
Mastering Lifesaving Skills
Another crucial part of class involves practicing your techniques until they’re instinctive. For spinal injuries, you’ll rehearse gentle in-water rescues of classmates who pretend to be injured, making sure your form is perfect.
Instructors also simulate real-life scenarios to test how you think on your feet. You may have to assist multiple “victims” at once or direct other rescuers in an emergency response. It’s stressful but mimics real pressures of saving lives.
Learning lifeguarding demands skill, stamina and mental preparedness. My video highlights the full 12 hours our certification course dedicates exclusively to water skills. Whether practicing breached rescues or in-water CPR, repetition is key until you perfect your abilities.
No class is complete without a facility tour. I’ll show prospective students our Olympic-sized pools, lifeguarded beaches and first aid rooms stocked for any emergency. Visualizing your workplace prepares you to dive into professional responsibilities.
My Personal Advice
To future lifeguards, trust the process even when training seems grueling. Every skill rehearsed could one day mean the difference between life and death for someone in your care. Stay focused and don’t be afraid to ask questions of your experienced instructors.
I hope this exclusive look inside our certification courses has been helpful and reassuring. My aim is to give any prospective students a truly accurate sense of what to expect before they commit to joining our mission of safety.
While the program undoubtedly requires hard work and dedication in the short-term, I can assure you that the skills you will gain provide benefits for a lifetime both personally and professionally. But rest assured, with your determination and our guidance, you will absolutely have what it takes to succeed.
If even one future guard feels more prepared beginning their journey after learning about our methods, it will have been worth sharing this behind-the-scenes look. But the doors are always open here if any questions remain. Read more information click here.