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Slide 1 - American Red Cross Lifeguarding Ch. 1 The Professional Lifeguard
Slide 2 - 1/8/2015 2 Purpose To teach lifeguard candidates the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare lifeguard candidates to prevent drownings and injuries and to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.
Slide 3 - 1/8/2015 3 Characteristics of a Professional LG Starts with training and certification. You have to be mentally, physically and emotionally prepared at all times. Professional LG’s must be- Knowledgeable and have appropriate skills Reliable Mature Courteous and consistent Positive Professional Healthy & fit
Slide 4 - 1/8/2015 4 The Professional
Slide 5 - 1/8/2015 5 Responsibilities of a LG The primary responsibility of a professional lifeguard is to ensure patron safety and protect lives. Preventing injuries by minimizing or eliminating hazardous situations or behaviors. Enforcing rules and regulations
Slide 6 - 1/8/2015 6 Responsibilities cont Respond quickly to all emergencies Administer first aid, CPR/AED Communicating- when more help or equipment is needed
Slide 7 - 1/8/2015 7 Responsibilities cont. Secondary responsibilities of a LG are the other tasks they are responsible for: Secondary responsibilities must NEVER prevent the LG from meeting his/her primary responsibility. Performing maintenance (pool chemistry, equipmt checks, vacuum and clean)
Slide 8 - 1/8/2015 8 Responsibilities cont. Secondary responsibilities can include Filling out required records and reports Performing maintenance (pool chemistry, equipment checks, vacuum and clean) Inspecting the facility daily and reporting any unsafe conditions to supervisor.
Slide 9 - 1/8/2015 9 Lifeguard Work Settings Swimming pools-indoor, outdoor, enclosed Multi-attraction-pools and play structures Waterfronts-open-water areas:lakes, rivers, ponds and oceans. Waterparks
Slide 10 - 1/8/2015 10 Decision Making Important component to lifeguarding When and how to make a rescue When and how to perform first aid or CPR How to work with as a team How to interact with patrons
Slide 11 - 1/8/2015 11 Decision Making Decision making can be difficult, especially in an emergency… F – Figure out the problem I - Identify possible solutions N – Name the pros & cons for each solution D – Decide which solution is best
Slide 12 - 1/8/2015 12 Legal Considerations Duty to act Standard of care Negligence Good Samaritan laws Consent Refusal of care Abandonment Confidentiality Documentation
Slide 13 - 1/8/2015 13 Duty to Act As a professional rescuer you have a duty to act at the scene of an emergency. Scope of Practice-you may act in w/in what you you were trained for
Slide 14 - 1/8/2015 14 Negligence Failing to provide care Providing care beyond your level of training Providing inappropriate care Failing to control or stop any behaviors that could result in further harm or injury
Slide 15 - 1/8/2015 15 Consent State your name Tell the victim you are trained to help & what level Ask the victim if you can help Explain what you planned to do Battery-touching a person without consent
Slide 16 - 1/8/2015 16 Refusal of Care Some injured or ill may refuse care You must honor their wishes A parent can refuse care for a minor
Slide 17 - 1/8/2015 17 Advanced Directives Written instructions regarding medical treatment: DNRs, living wills. Confidentiality- you may learn something about the victim that is private and confidential. Do not share this info, except with EMS personnel.
Slide 18 - 1/8/2015 18 The Lifeguard Team Whenever another lifeguard is on duty with you, you are part of a lifeguard team. The aquatic safety team is a network of people who prevent, prepare for, respond to and assist in an emergency at an aquatic facility. All staff must practice the facility’s emergency action plans (EAPs)
Slide 19 - 1/8/2015 19 EAPs-Emergency Action Plans Written procedures that guide the actions of LGs and other staff in emergencies.
Slide 20 - 1/8/2015 20 Facility Management and Professionalism How does management support lifeguard professionalism? By providing a policies and procedures manual By conducting an orientation and regular in-service trainings By providing opportunities for recognition and career development
Slide 21 - 1/8/2015 21 In-service Training Might address: Potential hazards of facility Facility rules & regs EAP’s Surveillance and water rescue skills CPR/AED, FA training Physical conditioning Facility operations Records and reports