The team of lifeguards who will be keeping a watchful eye over visitors to Coral Reef Waterworld, have started their rigorous training schedule ahead of the iconic venue re-opening in September.
Coral Reef has provided NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) courses throughout the year at Bracknell Leisure Centre, for successful candidates, with the lifeguards being put through their paces with a series of in-pool training sessions to assess important skills required for the role.
Each lifeguard must complete:
- timed and fitness swims
- land based rescues using poolside equipment such as reach poles and torpedo buoys
- spinal management in shallow and deep water, using two types of rescue boards
- deep water unconscious casualty recovery, including performing CPR in deep water
- casualty towing exercises
In addition, each lifeguard is required to undertake a number of theory tests, including:
- CPR on adults and children, including a drowning adult and spinal CPR
- first aid, such as bleeding and broken bones
- treatment for a variety of conditions a visitor may present with, such as heart attack, shock and fainting
- evacuation procedures
The team is currently undergoing training at Bracknell Leisure Centre before moving over to Coral Reef to complete their training later this month.
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection said:
Safety is of paramount importance for the team at Coral Reef and is taken very seriously. The lifeguards undertake a number of training sessions both in and out of the pool, to ensure they are equipped with the skills needed and can respond quickly in an emergency.
I have had the privilege of being poolside and witnessing the various scenarios the lifeguards are put through. They tackle everything with great commitment and professionalism and I’ve been impressed with their level of dedication.
A total of 18 full time lifeguards and 52 casual lifeguards will join the Coral Reef team.