RLSS NPLQ at "The Park, Cornwall"
Safety in Swimming Pools is set out by a recently updated document called "Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools" also known as HSG179. This document outlines how pool operators and managers should put certain practices into place, dependant on certain factors, to ensure that pool users are kept safe from potential accidents. After a recent manager change, the new General Manager at The Park, Cornwall asked me to come down to deliver an NPLQ to some of their staff members to ensure they were doing everything reasonably practicable to keep their pool users safe. Their pool is relatively small at 15m long and 5m wide, but at 1.47m deep, young children and babies swimming in there as well as activities such as swimming lessons and canoe and kayak clubs, the General Manager believed lifeguards were the only sufficient way to ensure safety.
RLSS NPLQs (Royal Life Saving Society National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) are 36 hours and can include other qualifications such as First Aid and AED extras. As a lot of the staff members were already First Aid Qualified, I was only asked to include AED on my course meaning we would finish late on Friday evening.
The NPLQ is a long course and contains a lot of information. Not only do you have to meet a certain swimming ability criteria to complete timed swims, casualty tows and casualty extractions, but you are also taught on subjects like; the law, accountability, safe systems of work, safety documents and general first aid and Basic Life Support (BLS) including CPR (on adults, children and infants), bandaging, applying slings and managing conditions such as Heart Attacks, Asthma and Anaphylaxis. In addition, the course has to be externally assessed by qualified Trainer/Assessors meaning there was no room for error. For 4 and a half days, the candidates and I worked tirelessly yet efficiently at what was required, and we even managed to have a good laugh along the way. In addition to the 4 and a half days of learning, once we had finished and the assessments began, we didn't finish until 18:45 on the Friday evening.
I am very happy to say that The Park, Cornwall now has 8 newly qualified Lifeguard members of staff and I would like to thank the assessors Jim and Jowan who were very patient and gave great feedback about the candidates. After a long week, the candidates can now relax from the week, but the work doesn't stop there. Lifeguards must attend regular training to keep up their knowledge and competence so they can keep being great lifeguards.
Next week, it's another busy week for us at Sweet Training, but we are looking forward to meeting all the candidates who are on our courses this week.