two lifeguardsAs all may know Students of the Pool Lifeguard Course, are required to complete On the Job hours at an aquatic facilitiy.   

In the past a student was required to complete 20 hours or 3 shifts of On the Job work experience and complete both practical and knowledge based assessments.  On the 2nd September 2016 there will be some changes to this process due to changes in the training course requirements.

Students will complete most of their theory components prior to the course and all practical componets during the course. Students will now only need to complete a minimum of 4 hours to a maximum of 6 hours in an Aquatic Facility under supervision of an Aquatic Supervisor/ Manager, or a Senior / Experienced Lifeguard. (minimum of 3 years experience)

Whilst performing On The Job hours, the student is expected to spend 2 hours on pool deck supervising the pool with another experienced lifeguard (shadowing).  Other duties may include performing a First Aid Kit Checklist, Program Setup, General Cleaning or other duties relating to Pool Lifeguarding.

STUDENT'S ROLE

During the students time completing the On the Job it is recommend that they complete their 2 assessment questions that they can download online. They can then utilise the supervisor’s experience and knowledge to answer any questions they may have.  Whilst it is not compulsory or required for their assessment to complete any observational tasks during your On the Job Work experience, it is highly recommended as it provides them with the perfect opportunity to gain some invaluable skills and knowledge in performing lifeguarding duties in a real life aquatic environment.

SUPERVISOR'S ROLE

A supervisor’s role has recently changed as part of the On the Job requirements of the student as the supervisor does not need to sign the student off as performing any observational tasks.   The Supervisors role is now predominantly to organise the students shift requirements, provide a brief induction of the facility, provide a safe working environment for the student, be there to answer questions and organise various tasks for the student to complete, to gain a variety of experiences for the student. 

Whilst performing tasks during the students shifts is not compulsory, or a requirement for their assessment, it provides the student with the opportunity to gain some invaluable skills and knowledge in performing lifeguarding duties in a real life aquatic environment.

 Example of shifts could include: 

SAMPLE A

Shift 1 (2 hours) AM Session                 (Site induction, First Aid Check, Supervision)

Shift 2 (2 hours) Midday Session           (Supervision, General Cleaning/Maintenance)

Shift 3 (2 hours) PM Session                 (Program Setup, Supervision, time to complete Post Course Theory Questions)

SAMPLE B

Shift 1  (2 hours)  Morning Shift             (Site induction, First Aid Check, Supervision)

Shift 2   (2 hours)  Afternoon Shift          (Supervision, General Cleaning/Maint, Program Setup, time to complete Post Course Theory Questions)

 

For further information regarding the changes or the role of a supervisor you can contact Royal Life Saving Society WA.

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