National Pool Lifeguard Course
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 by the International Life Saving (ILS) Federation.
– Saturday 28th August 2021: UCD Sport & Fitness: 12pm – 5pm
– Sunday 29th August 2021: UCD Sport & Fitness: 1pm – 6pm
– Online Modules & Pool Practice in a Pool of Your Choice
– Saturday 4th September 2021: UCD Sport & Fitness: 12pm – 5pm (Final Assessment)
No previous water safety experience is required to take part in this pool lifeguard course, but applicants must be strong swimmers, especially in deep water, and 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 online modules with follow-up assessments 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 and bag valve masks (BVMs) are used to allow candidates to get practical experience of giving chest compressions and ventilations as well as the use of trainer AEDs and oxygen administration.
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.