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Lakeside Public Pool Lifeguard Orientation. Review of Red Cross Guidelines. Certification Requirements. Attend all class sessions Participate in all activities Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written examination. Primary Responsibility of a Lifeguard.

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lakeside public pool lifeguard orientation
Lakeside Public Pool Lifeguard Orientation
  • Review of Red Cross Guidelines
certification requirements
Certification Requirements
  • Attend all class sessions
  • Participate in all activities
  • Correctly answer at least 80 percent of the questions in the final written examination
primary responsibility of a lifeguard
Primary Responsibility of a Lifeguard
  • Ensure patron safety and protect lives
  • Done through patron surveillance—keeping a close watch over the people in the facility
surveillance breaks
Surveillance Breaks
  • Lifeguards should take periodic breaks
  • If only one lifeguard on duty, he or she must clear the water during a break
  • No schedule changes without permission
safety checks
Safety Checks
  • Key components to creating and maintaining a safer facility:
    • Recognize potential hazards
    • Evaluate potential hazards
    • Address potential hazards
hazards pool water
Hazards—Pool Water
  • Clarity and quality of the pool water must be checked periodically
  • Bottom and racing lanes and drain covers must be visible
  • If not, corrective actions must be taken; the facility must be closed until corrected
facility maintenance
Facility Maintenance
  • Patrons expect facility to be clean and safe
  • Maintenance routine should include inspections:
    • Before opening the facility
    • During hours of operation
    • At closing
  • Identify equipment needed for different emergencies
  • Lifeguard team must know the location and be trained to use properly
  • Recommend to management any additional equipment needed and why it is needed
lifeguard team responsibilities
Lifeguard Team Responsibilities
  • Recognizing when someone needs help
  • Following the general rescue procedures
  • Notifying the chain of command
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Completing all records and reports
  • Replacing equipment and supplies before re-opening
  • Taking corrective action to prevent additional injury
post emergency procedures
Post-Emergency Procedures
  • All team members involved complete reports—promptly and accurately
  • Rescue equipment and supplies must be replaced before re-opening
  • Facility may have to temporarily close until staff and equipment is ready
basic precautions
Basic Precautions
  • Treat all materials that come into contact with blood or body fluids as if they are infectious
  • Wear personal protective equipment when providing care
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after providing care
  • Dispose of potentially infectious materials in appropriate containers
recommended immunizations
Recommended Immunizations
  • Recommended to prevent infectious diseases:
    • DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus)
    • Polio
    • Hepatitis B
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
    • Influenza
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
how to interact with the public
How To Interact With The Public
  • Effective communication with the public is a cornerstone of lifeguarding
  • Lifeguards sometimes cannot interrupt what they are doing to talk with patrons or resolve conflicts
  • Lifeguards need to know when and how to call for help
kinds of problem behavior
Kinds of Problem Behavior
  • A generally cooperative patron who breaks a rule and needs to be corrected for his or her safety or that of others
  • An uncooperative patron who intentionally breaks rules and does not cooperate with attempts to correct the problem
managing problem behavior
Managing Problem Behavior
  • Anticipate problems
  • Do not overreact
  • Focus on the behavior, not the individual
  • Respect patrons’ feelings
  • Be firm, fair, and friendly
  • Do not pretend to know it all
  • Use suspension as a last resort
patrons with disabilities
Patrons With Disabilities
  • Disability—loss, absence, or impairment of sensory, mental, or motor function
  • Mainstreaming—process of including people with disabilities in same programs and activities as non-disabled
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that people with disabilities have access to wide range of opportunities and services
how to minimize risks
How To Minimize Risks
  • The risks within an aquatic facility are—
    • Injuries to patrons and members of the lifeguard team
    • Loss of facility assets
    • Legal action against the facility and its employees
  • Minimizing risk begins with injury prevention
duty to act
Duty To Act
  • Lifeguards have a duty to act if an emergency occurs at the facility
  • Lifeguards must obtain consent before providing care for an ill or injured patron
  • To obtain consent, the lifeguard should tell the patron—
    • His or her level of training
    • What he or she thinks may be wrong
    • What he or she plans to do
refusal of care
Refusal Of Care
  • Some ill or injured adults may refuse the care offered
  • Parents may refuse care for children
  • Even if the victim seems seriously injured, refusal of care must be honored