How To Become A Lifeguard And What Steps Are Involved?

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Becoming a lifeguard is a great option for teens after they learn to swim at a young age. Swimming lessons for kids help to build a solid foundation in which preteens and teenagers can build upon to learn life-saving skills that can be used in real life as well as employment opportunities as a lifeguard. There are several steps involved to becoming a lifeguard, with the beginning age being around 11 to start the process. Below is a short guide to help you learn the exact steps needed to help your child become certified and ready to become a lifeguard.

Bronze Star
The first level for learning how to become a lifeguard is Bronze Star. Children 11 years of age who have completed the Swim Kids10 program or equivalent are eligible. The Bronze Star level is a training program to prepare your child for Bronze Medallion training. In this section, you will learn how to problem-solve in groups as well as individually. Keeping a level head is important and this skill is taught as they learn how to handle an emergency. In this section, a 400 meter timed swim must be passed along with other skills and rescues.

Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid-CPR B
The next stage is to take part in the Bronze Medallion training. This course will provide your child with an understanding of the principles of lifesaving techniques as part of water rescue education. This includes judgement, fitness, knowledge and skill. Participants must be at least 13 years of age or 12 years of age and have completed Bronze Star training. As a rescuer, your child will learn how to tow and carry victims as well as defense methods and releases to be able to take part in challenging rescues where there is an increased risk of having a conscious or an unconscious victim. As a lifesaver, your child will learn how to develop proper stroke efficiency as well as have endurance with a timed swim.

Emergency first aid-CPR B must be taken in conjunction with Bronze Medallion and be completed by the end of the Bronze Medallion course. This course may be offered in conjunction with Bronze Medallion or each certification may run as a stand alone course so it is important to look closely before selecting a course. Emergency first aid with CPR B will provide candidates with knowledge and hands-on experience to respond to a first aid emergency which will help to increase the confidence level of the rescuer. By the end of this course, candidates will know how to recognize cardiovascular emergencies in an infant, child and adult as well as respond.

Bronze Cross
The next step is the Bronze Cross certification. This course will expand on fitness developed and rescue skills learned in Bronze Medallion with more in-depth rescues and longer fitness and timed swims. This course will include a practical examination at the end of the course to ensure candidates are able to use judgement skills and respond appropriately to various types of emergencies. .

Standard First Aid with CPR C
This course helps the individual learn how to respond during an emergency and builds upon the skills learned during emergency first aid.Participants will learn how to recognize various emergency situations involving respiratory emergencies, bone and joint injuries, as well as hot and cold emergencies including hypo and hyperthermia.

National Lifeguard
Once all of these steps have been completed, the National Lifeguard certification can take place. There are several areas that will be included in testing such as object recovery, underwater swim, sprint challenge, rescue drill, endurance challenge and approach and carry. To take this course, you must be 16 years of age and have passed Bronze Cross as well as have standard first aid-CPR C certification.

Contact Zodiac Swim School to help your child begin life guard training with all certification options available.

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