WSI Surf Lifesaving Awards

 

The aim of these awards is to promote an awareness of safe behaviour in the outdoor environment and to teach the skills needed by the modern lifeguard on our beaches.

 

The core skills of the sport of lifesaving are also introduced during these awards. 

 

The Awards will be delivered in White Strand Miltown Malbay & Spanish Point by a Water Safety Ireland Instructor who is also a Surf Lifesaving Coach. They will be advertised in the coming days.

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 Surf Lifesaving Awards of Water Safety Ireland

 

Aim: To promote an awareness of safe behaviour in the outdoor environment and to teach the skills needed by the modern lifeguard on our beaches.

The core skills of the sport of lifesaving are also introduced during these awards.

 

Structure:                      Surf 1

                                      Surf 2

                                      Surf 3

                                      Surf 4

                                      Beach Lifeguard Award

                                      Surf Award Instructor

                                      Surf Award Examiner

                                       Tutor

 

Providers; 

·        Must be members of IWS ;                 

·        Hold an IWS instructor/examiner award.

·        Have successfully completed the surf lifesaving module of  IWS                                                                     

 

Surf Lifesaving module: This will include the following;

§  Theory and knowledge of safe warm up procedures.

§  Surf lifesaving competition rules.

§  BLS 1,2 and 3 theory and practice.

§  Communication, to include lecturing and interactive skills.

§  Child welfare

§  Motivation

§  First Aid Awareness

§  Hypothermia

§  Spinal Injury

§  Dry land training

§  Beach topography and the influence of prevailing conditions.

§  Surf Rescue

 

Note: Those who have successfully completed a Risk Assessment, Beach Lifeguard Provider or one of the Coaching Modules of IWS can apply in writing for exemption to some or all of the above.

 

 

 

Surf 1

 

Exam Items: 

1.     1x 90m sprint on the shoreline

2.     Beach Flags – Introduction to life saving competition event.

3.     Beach Safety to include knowledge of flags, safety signs, open water dangers and personal safety

4.     Local EMS provision

5.     How and when to call the EMS.

6.     Note: BLS1 should be introduced but it will not be part of the final examination.

 

Instructor / candidate ratio: 12/1

 

Exam conditions; The beach should be flat and clear of obstacles eg stones, seaweed etc.

 

Optional Extra Tasks:

Visit a lifeguard station.

Visit a rescue boat station.

 

The above consists of 4 hrs theory and 2 hrs practical work.

Wet suits/ suitable warm clothing should be worn during outdoor work.

 

 

Surf 2

 

Exam items:

1.     All items contained in Surf 1.

2.     Knowledge of surf, beach, waves, rips, tides and the influence of weather conditions.

3.     Local procedures for contacting the EMS.

4.     Paddle a rescue board or rescue ski, 25m out and 25m back to shore.

5.     25m run, 25m swim, 25m run (continuous)

6.     2x50m beach sprints while carrying fins (20secs rest between efforts)

7.     1x90m beach sprint.

8.     Note: BLS 1 should be introduced but it will not be part of the final assessment.

 

Instructor / candidate ratio: 12/1

 

Exam conditions; Water conditions can be flat to one foot. The beach should be flat and clear of obstacles eg stones, seaweed etc.

 

Optional Extra tasks;

Help clean down a rescue boat.

Check ring buoys

Swimming and paddle practice in a still water.

 

The above consists of 4 hours theory and 8 hours practical work.

 

 

 

 

Surf 3

 

Exam items;

1.     All items in Surf 1 and Surf 2.

2.     Victim I.D. and communication systems.

3.     Paddle a ski or rescue board 100m.(50 m out and 50m return)

4.     50m run, 50m swim to a marker, 50m swim back to shore and 50m run (continuous) using fins and a can buoy.

5.     BLS 1 with appropriate follow up.

6.     2 x 50m beach sprints carrying fins and a can buoy/rescue tube.

 

Exam conditions: Water conditions can be flat to a maximum of two feet. The beach should be clear of obstacles eg stones, seaweed etc.

 

Optional Extra items:

Surf competition with limited events or short distances.

Assist on a rescue boat during training manouevres.

Practice skills in still water.

 

The above consists of approximately 6hrs theory and 12hrs practical experience.

 

Instructor / candidate ratio; 10/1

 

 

 

Surf 4

 

Exam items:

1.     100m run, 50m swim, 100m run carrying and using fins in under 5 mns.

2.     50m swim to an unconscious casualty. Using a can buoy or rescue tube, demonstrate BLS, signal for help and return to shore with victim. Assistance must be used to get victim to shore.

3.     Knowledge of Surf 1, 2,and 3.

4.     Awareness of open water hazards—sea and inland aspects.

5.     BLS 2

6.     Communications

7.     NOP

8.     EAP

9.     Surf board paddle to a conscious subject. Board the victim , return to shore and take appropriate  follow up actions.

10.  Paddle a surf ski to a conscious victim and help return them to shore.

11. Systematic search patterns.

12. Landing victim with help

13. Swim 50 m through surf and return to shore. Fins must be used.

 

Extra items:

Participate in a full surf life saving competition.

Spend time aiding the local rescue services??

Practice swimming and rescue skills in a still water.

 

The above consists of approximately 8 hrs theory and 16 hrs practical experience.

 

Instructor / candidate ratio: 8:1

 

 

 

Beach Lifeguard Award.

 

(As per IWS syllabus)

                                               

 

 

 

 

 

Safety Notes

 

·        A rescue craft (eg ski, board or boat) must be in the water during the practice and examination of Surf 2 and 3.

·        Instructors and examiners must be fully observant regarding the signs and symptoms of hypothermia at all times.

·        Suitable warm clothing should be worn during all practices and examinations.

·        It is advised that wet suits should be worn while doing water activities.

·        Suitable buoyancy aids must be worn when paddling rescues boards or skis. 

 

 

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