First Aid, Lifeguard, Oxygen Therapy, AED. Whatever is reasonably practicable should be done

So ends another week, and we at Sweet Training have had another busy week of training. Different workplaces have different requirements when it comes to keeping people safe. Site specific risk assessments will confirm the hazards and the levels of risks to help determine what qualifications and training staff will require.

On Tuesday 27th, I was at David Lloyd Southampton West End. Being a large Health Club with 2 pools, tennis courts, a large restaurant area as well as a gym, the qualifications needed are high as they would be considered a high risk of First Aid incidents. Many of their staff hold qualifications to ensure that should an incident happen, the club would be ready to deal with it. In the swimming pool area, they have lifeguards. Lifeguards are the best way to ensure safety within swimming pools. Lifeguards are trained in a variety of lifesaving techniques, not only from the water but from the side of the pool or other areas of the club as well. As a result and to ensure competence, Lifeguards require regular training and it is recommended monthly by the Royal Life Saving Society. Due to the staff numbers, this club has 2 sessions a month; 1 in the early morning, and one in the evening both 7 until 9. Many different aspects of a Lifeguard qualification are covered in the monthly training, and this month we covered CPR including use of an AED, bandaging, choking, Risk Assessments, and using a Torpedo Buoy including scenario training. This month, as with all the other David Lloyd clubs, I ran the Torpedo Buoy Rescue Relay Challenge and although everyone did it safely and swiftly, none of them were able to beat the time of Tom Perry from Poole. Well done to all the staff from Southampton West End, but also congratulations to Tom Perry from Poole who edged out Dom Rayford from Peterborough by 1 second in this months competition.

On Wednesday 28th, I was asked to deliver an Oxygen Therapy Administration Course and AED refresher for the Duty Managers at Windsor Leisure Centre. Windsor Leisure Centre is managed by Legacy Leisure and is one of the largest leisure centres in Berkshire. Oxygen Therapy in Leisure Centres is not necessarily common, but Windsor Leisure Centre keep Medical Oxygen with their AED so it can be used in Emergency Situations. This was introduced due to the sites Risk Assessments of potential accidents and incidents that can occur on site. Unlike AEDs, Medical Oxygen can only be used by those who are trained so therefore all Duty Managers require the qualification. Oxygen Therapy Administration advises when Medical Oxygen can and can't be used, how it should be used with an AED, and also the different types of Masks and tanks you can find. How the tanks should be stored and checked operationally also makes up course content but the main thing about this course is how they are used. Congratulations to all the staff on successfully passing the course and I hope the knowledge you either refreshed or gained proves useful to you.

On a final note, I was asked a while back to run an NPLQ course at a Holiday Park in Cornwall. The time has come for it to be run, and the General Manager has very kindly put me up in one of their properties whilst the course is being run. The course is being run from Monday to Friday next week, but I have arrived this weekend to ensure everything is ready. The whole site has been nothing but generous during my time here so far and I feel I am looking forward to the course but not as much as some of the candidates who I have met so far.

That's all from us this week. Next week I am running the NPLQ course and will update on how that went next Sunday.

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