National Pool Lifeguard Revalidation Course
This is a Pool Lifeguard Revalidation course for holders of any current or recently-expired Pool Lifeguard award (not just Water Safety Ireland awards).
– Sunday 6th February 2022: UCD Sport & Fitness: 12pm – 6pm
– Online Multiple Choice Exam (Water Safety Ireland Pool Lifeguards)
– Worksheets (Non-Water Safety Ireland Pool Lifeguards)
Applicants must be strong swimmers, especially in deep water, 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.
To be eligible for revalidation, Pool Lifeguards must complete a revalidation course within 3 years of the issue date of their previous certificate. Therefore, if the issue date on your previous Pool Lifeguard certificate is more than 3 years ago, you will need to complete the full course instead.
*Holders of non-Water Safety Ireland Pool Lifeguard awards will need to pay an extra €20 to cover the purchase of a National Pool Lifeguard Manual and must complete the required course work before certs can be issued.
The Pool Lifeguard Revalidation course consists of revision and re-assessment of the skills taught on the National Pool Lifeguard course.
Theory – Candidates will complete our multiple choice exam which summarises some of the most important aspects of lifeguarding. Holders of non-Water Safety Ireland Pool Lifeguard awards must complete a series of worksheets which 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.