Lifesaving was once a matter of luck, not a trainable technique that has been fined tuned for maximum effectiveness. We now teach rescue techniques only with certain equipment. This equipment is essential both to protect the user as well as to save the victim. Equipment use is not optional in today’s standards of lifeguarding. It is as much to ensure proper rescuer performance as it is to provide appropriate rescuer safety.
The tube provides the rescuer with protection and prevention from sinking. It also provides the victim with buoyancy and prevents the lifeguard from having to fully support the victim’s weight.
The mask protects the lifeguard from ingesting vomit or other bodily fluids. Gloves give the rescuer protection from blood borne pathogens and give the victim assurance that their rescuer will not panic and quit before the rescue is complete.
Every lifeguard is required to be certified, but your facility should take extra precautions into consideration.
Lifeguards train and practice in closed environments, usually free of blood borne pathogens and actual drowning victims. It may be difficult to conceive of such a remote and unfamiliar danger as a blood borne pathogen, but the exposure, once experienced, has the potential to be life changing and irrevocable.
Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at www.redwoodsgroup.com to learn more about YMCA risk management issues.