NaRS Pool Lifeguard


STA Certificate for the National Rescue Standard – Pool Lifeguard (NaRS[PL]) : Syllabus
Entry Requirements
Candidates must:

  • Be able to swim 100 metres on their front and 100 metres on their back.
  • Be able to swim 50 metres in 1 minute.
  • Be able to surface dive and recover an object from the deepest part of the pool.
  • Be 16 years of age, or older, at the time of the examination.
  • Attend a course of instruction for a minimum of 36 hours.

NaRS Pool Lifeguard Specification
The specification for the qualification is:
Theory Section

  1. Complete the 5 enclosed worksheets to demonstrate a clear understanding of the pool safety operating procedures and how they relate to pool supervision covering the following topics:
    • The role and duties of a lifeguard.
    • The legislative background.
    • The swimming pool and specialist water features.
    • Pool safety operating procedures.
    • First Aid.
    • Resuscitation.
  2. Satisfactorily completed 5 course MCQ's.
  3. Complete a 30 question, multi-choice, examination paper (pass mark 22) with questions covering the above topics.

 
Rescue Section

With minimum additional clothing of a T Shirt and Shorts or Skirt demonstrate the ability to carry out the following safely and effectively:

  1.  One of the following:
    • Using a reaching aid, rescue a casualty in difficulty 2 metres from the poolside.
    • Using a poolside rescue aid (rope, throw bag, torpedo buoy, lifebelt etc), rescue a casualty in difficulty 8 metres from the poolside.
    • Using a rescue aid wade 5 metres to rescue a non-swimmer just out of their depth and assist them out of the pool.
  2. Swim 20 metres to a weak swimmer in difficulty and perform a 20 metre contact tow to safety and assist them out of the pool and provide aftercare. (The casualty should be of the equivalent weight and size to the rescuer). There is a time limit of 20 seconds to cover the first 20 metres.
  3. Swim 5 metres to a casualty and tow 10 metres demonstrating a tow suitable for one of the following:
    • A non-swimmer.
    • An injured swimmer.
  4. Swim 5 metres to recover a simulated body from the bottom of the deepest part of the pool (using a submersible dummy or manakin) On reaching the surface exchange the simulated body for a live simulated unresponsive casualty, tow to the side, start resuscitation simulating 5 rescue breaths and, with assistance land and place in the recovery position.
  5. Swim 5 metres to a prone casualty in shallow water with a suspected spinal injury, turn the casualty who is breathing , take to safety, and support the casualty with the aid of assistance.
  6. Swim 5 metres to a prone casualty in deep water with a suspected spinal injury, turn the casualty who is breathing, take to safety, and support the casualty with the aid of assistance.
  7. Acting as a lifeguard, individually, or as part of a team, initiate the appropriate procedures, prevent and/or rescue and provide aftercare of 2 possible casualties from a previously unknown simulated emergency situation.

 
Resuscitation Section

  1. Demonstrate using a live simulated unconscious casualty (not a manikin) turning a casualty.
  2. Demonstrate using a live simulated unconscious casualty (not a manikin) checking the airway.
  3. Demonstrate using a live simulated unconscious casualty (not a manikin) the action for vomiting.
  4. Demonstrate using a live simulated unconscious casualty (not a manikin) the Secondary Survey.
  5. Demonstrate using a live simulated unconscious casualty (not a manikin) the recovery position and aftercare.
  6. Demonstrate using a live simulated unconscious casualty (not a manikin) the action for vomiting for a suspected spinal injury.
  7. Demonstrate using a suitable manikin (moveable jaw) obtaining an airway on a suspected spinal injury casualty.
  8. One of the following:
    • Using a facemask on a suitable manikin, demonstrate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for a drowning casualty for 3 minutes including changing rescuers.
    • Using a suitable adult manikin, deomonstrate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for a cardiac arrested casualty for 3 minutes including changing rescuers.
  9. One of the following:
    • Demonstrate CPR for 3 minutes on a child manikin including changing rescuers.
    • Demonstrate CPR for 3 minutes on a baby manikin including changing rescuers.

(Face shields or facemasks may be used)

Site-Specific Training
After completion of the NaRS[PL] course examination candidates will be able to seek employment as a Pool Lifeguard. To become competent in the role candidates must:

  • Undertake induction and on-the-job training, under supervision, in the site-specific procedures of the employer, in accordance with the regulations of the employer.
  • Complete the site-specific worksheets to the satisfaction of the pool management in respect of every pool at which the lifeguard operates.
  • Undertake ongoing training.

NaRS Pool Lifeguard Assessment
The qualification is assessed as set out below; candidates must satisfy all of the following:

  • Completion of the Portfolio to the satisfaction of the course tutor (Foundation and NaRS[PL]).
  • Complete the Worksheets to the satisfaction of the tutor and examiner (Foundation and NaRS[PL]).
  • Completing 5, 10 question multiple-choice examination papers during the course; each question is worth 1 mark. The pass mark is 7 per paper.
  • Complete a 30 multiple-choice question paper (pass mark 22).
  • Continual assessment by the tutor.
  • Demonstrating the ability to carry out various defined rescue activities in a safe manner.

Re-validation
The NaRS[PL] qualification is valid for 2 years only and it is only valid for acting as a lifeguard whilst supervising a swimming pool. It is only valid at pools with a maximum water depth recorded on the face of the certificate. Re-validation is granted after successfully carrying out the requirements of the syllabus in force at the time. Regular on-going training and practice is essential; the NaRS Record Sheet and Check Sheet are provided to record regular training.

Additional Units
As a part of the NaRS[PL] programme candidates may also undertake the following Additional Units:

  • Unit 3 : Complete Spinal Management - Pool Environment
  • Unit 4 : Supplementary Oxygen
  • Unit 5 : Manual Suction
  • Unit 6 : Wound Dressings, Slings and Fracture Support
  • Unit 7 : Board Recovery for Non-Spinal Injuries

It is a requirement that the Additional Unit 3 : Complete Spinal Management - Pool Environment is undertaken and assessed when a course is being carried out for lifeguards at a specific pool that has a spinal board.

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