BCU Lifeguards First Aid

BCU Lifeguards First Aid

To provide a basic level of knowledge and skill to render First Aid in a range of emergency situations within a reasonable distance of medical assistance.

 

To provide BCU coaches with an appropriate basic First Aid award.
 
BCU Aquatic First Aid Level 1
Purpose of the Aquatic First Aid Award

  • To provide a basic level of knowledge and skill to render First Aid in a range of emergency situations within a reasonable distance of medical assistance.
  • To provide BCU coaches with an appropriate basic First Aid award.

Validity
This award is valid for three years.
 
Structure:
 
The BCU Aquatic First Aid course is taught over an 8hour period. Candidates who demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the skills and theory covered in the course will be awarded the BCU Aquatic First Aid Award. There is no formal assessment at the end of the course. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course.

Prerequisites:

Be a minimum of 14 years of age.
 
Syllabus:

Being a First Aider
i. The First Aider’s responsibilities
ii. Personal safety, including preventing cross infection and dealing with waste
iii. Dealing with stress (casualties and first aiders)

 

Action in an Emergency
i. Assessing the scene of an incident
ii. Making the area safe
iii. Giving emergency aid
iv. Getting help
v. Dealing with the aftermath
vi. Primary Survey: DRAB; checking for danger; checking for response; checking and opening the airway (including jaw thrust for a spinal injury); checking for breathing.

 
Respiratory Problems
i. Choking adult
ii. Asthma
iii. Drowning
iv. Hyperventilation

 
Circulation Problems
i. Shock
ii. Anaphylactic shock
iii. Chest pain
iv. Fainting
v. Cuts and grazes
vi. Severe bleeding

 
Environmental Injuries
i. Hyperthermia
ii. Hypothermia
iii. Burns, including sunburn

Head Injuries
i. Concussion
ii. Compression
iii. Skull fracture

 
 
Bone, Joint and Muscle Injuries
i. Strains and Sprains
ii. Dislocations
iii. Fractures

 

Unconscious Adults
i. Recovery position; improvised recovery position; log roll (spinal)
ii. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (adult)
iii. Action for vomit.

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