Lifeguard Training Drills Simulate Real Life-Saving Workout Plan

Lifeguard Training Drills Simulate Real Life-Saving Workout Plan

Running in Water
Zero-depth entry pools provide unique challenges for lifeguards

From Aquatics International

We’ve all seen Baywatch, and marveled at the physiques of the men and women lifeguards for the show.  Obviously, these are Hollywood actors, but anyone who has spent time around a waterpark or ocean realize that the depictions of Lifeguards as fit and sound are not fiction.  Lifeguards have to take physical fitness seriously, but also need to be mentally acute and aware of their surroundings.  This post from Aquatics International presents some Lifeguard training drills that simulate real-life distress situations.  A zero depth entry pool is very helpful in creating these situations, but these drills help keep the people that are guarding your safety while around the pool or beach sharp as a tack.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Z ero-depth entry pools allow patrons to enter the water without steps or a ladder. Because the depth gradually increases, this is a prime location where small children require assistance.

It’s essential that lifeguards assigned to this zone react quickly. Depending on the depth, the guard might have to run in shallow water, or run and then swim to the victim. When conducting a drill, the zone of coverage should be large enough for the guard to run a distance before making contact with the victim.

Disclaimer: All drills mentioned emphasize lifeguard safety. At no time will the lifeguard dive into shallow water unless trained by your agency and authorized to do so.

Run-and-swim entry drill: (6-10 lifeguards) The trainer will be in water at least 2½ feet deep, facing the shore. Use 3-inch rubber balls for this drill.

Objective: While wearing the rescue tube, the guard must reach the ball as quickly as possible.

Timing goal: 10 seconds to make contact with the ball. The trainer should place the ball at various depths and distances from the guard. Once the ball is retrieved, it is passed to the trainer.

Expedite the flow of this drill by having the trainer start with multiple balls. Multiple trainers also can be utilized.

Once each lifeguard has “rescued” the ball 4-6 times, move to the variations, with extra time provided as indicated.

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