This is a full Pool Lifeguard course for anyone who wishes to gain a qualification as a fully qualified Pool Lifeguard. This qualification is recognised nationally and internationally.
25th & 26th January, 1st February 2020
|Duration||3 days (2 consecutive weekends) with weekday practice and written course work|
|Venue||Marian College, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4|
(Near the Aviva Stadium)
|Price||€320 (including deposit)|
No previous water safety experience is required to take part in this pool lifeguard course, but applicants must be strong swimmers, be able to swim continuously at least 20 lengths of a 25m pool, be able to swim head-up front crawl, sidestroke and inverted breaststroke and surface dive (head-first) to the deepest part of the pool. Applicants must also be 16 or older on the first day of the pool lifeguard course.
The Pool Lifeguard course consists of three sections:
Theory – A series of lectures along with worksheets cover the theory behind everything from rescues to pool water testing and observation techniques. There is a strong emphasis here on the practical knowledge that a Pool Lifeguard will need to perform their duties.
BLS – Basic Life Support is taught as a key skill for Pool Lifeguards in dealing with major emergencies. Training manikins are used to allow candidates to get practical experience of giving compressions and rescue breaths.
Water Work – Pool and classroom time are dedicated to working on a set of core rescue techniques, key to any pool lifeguard’s skills. Among the techniques practised are land-based rescues, swimming rescues, escapes from drowning grips, in-water resuscitation and spinal injury management.