1. If you have access to Red Cross lesson plans, they're easy to adapt to the LSS levels. Just swap out any skills that don't make sense and replace them with ones that do.

  2. Laminating is fine, you can also use Find A Member to not need cards altogether.

  3. Thats a good point, do i meed to show my card when i am recerting?

  4. Perception is the issue here, the 4 year old may very well have been safe, but to the parents it LOOKED like you might have been distracted if you were focusing on the 7 year old. You should implement some safety rules for both kids, such as that when you're working with one, the other is at the wall or standing where they can touch.

  5. Volunteering usually applies to instructional classes, which does look good if trying to secure a job. Legal liabilities would prevent volunteer lifeguarding, however you should be able to find job openings without too much effort!

  6. Once you get some experience guarding/teaching, you can take your Examiner and AST courses. Examiner opens up more courses you can teach, and AST is a path to supervising.

  7. By approach and carry, do you mean the DNS carry with head and shoulders above the water?

  8. Yes, they'll cover what you learned in NL to make sure that you can do it (because it can be a long time between the course and getting a job). They may also throw in an interview somewhere during it!

  9. Generally there's more time spend on rescues/sits since that's the toughest part of the course, but the instructor will place focus where your class needs it

  10. If you're going to take an instructor course take LS SWIM Instructor first, that will let you teach the little kid levels and get a feel for how to teach. Jumping into LSI without any previous instructing experience can be VERY tough as it doesn't cover the basics (how do we help someone float) and goes straight into advanced teaching (how to fully run + evaluate a bronze rescue).

  11. Definitely give it a shot! You'll eventually need to get your NL to work most places, but having your instructor quals is great to have!

  12. I worked with a girl who had one arm and couldn’t do any of the skills required to pass the NLS course let alone our city training sessions. How/why she was allowed to be in that position is beyond me and it annoyed me and lots of other guards. Again I’m not faulting her for her disability and I applaud her for trying, but she would not be able to pull someone out of the pool if need be. Even if she had 2 arms she would struggle with it.

  13. Sounds like that should be reported to the Lifesaving Society, they'd be very interested in investigating.

  14. I've taught many week-long NL courses, and this is what trips up the most people because there's not enough time for them to properly practice during the course. You may have 2-3 attempts at the endurance swim throughout the entire course, there's not enough class time to be doing it every day. Be warned that if you're not able to shave 50 seconds off by Friday, you'll have to take (and pay for) the whole 40 hours again.

  15. unfortunately i can’t cancel (parents won’t let me…) is there any hope of shaving off 50 seconds do you think?

  16. It's possible but very unlikely to have that happen without practice. You won't be getting any endurance practice during the week, and will be performing many other physically exhausting skills throughout the course.

  17. Is that supposed to be a large black dot on the bottom of the deep end? The thing that would be there to visually see if the water clarity is good? If so don't open that pool, that could fall back on you if you were to open and anything happened to someone in there.

  18. Most saves are going to be non-swimmers, which you can prevent if your facility has good policies and your guards know what to look out for. The remainder are medical emergencies that could happen anywhere and can't be planned for/avoided. So you've got a bit of luck and good policies to prevent non-swimmers (there's pools out there that make multiple saves per day because their swim test policies are non-existent)

  19. I'll bet nothing comes of Marion's life alert phone call and she's quickly dismissed. She has a video of Saul Goodman on her computer in her kitchen, and anyone who arrives will act as if she's confused and thinking the man on her computer was in her house.

  20. That would completely cheapen one of the tensest scenes in the show

  21. Double under arm carry will be the easiest of those if you can keep your head above water and breathing. If you've got the Pia down, keep going with it and try your best/take a deep breath. Don't even try the football carry, it won't meet the must-sees.

  22. Yes a lifejacket (a true lifejacket, not PFD) is comparable to a guard tube and can be used for the same rescues with some adaptations and practice. You might be able to find some videos on youtube for how to rescue, then adapt on how to do it with the foot of clearance.

  23. There's no rules or laws about not using guard tubes while not actively guarding, or expectation that you'll act as a lifeguard (how many people have you seen with lifeguard branded clothing who aren't lifeguards?). It's unlikely that you'd have access to lifeguarding equipment while not on duty or in a place that doesn't have lifeguards, unless you have your own? If so, do whatever makes you happy and if a lifeguard tells you it's not allowed in their pool, listen to them. (Disclaimer - Canada)

  24. If you're in Canada, all single guard pools need to have someone on site trained in first aid an emergency procedures. You can use them or a bystander (or if they're light enough, just you) to remove them. Can't speak for other countries.

  25. Depending on how much time is left in your course, you might benefit from getting into the water as often as possible and practicing your distance swim. The more you practice the better you'll get!

  26. You'll need your LSI first, experience teaching/examining Bronze is not required but VERY recommended (it will help you with the complexities of rescues/situations before going into an even more advanced NL). To get a course you'll probably need to become an NL Examiner, which involves taking the Examiner course, co-teaching a full course+recert and becoming certified by an examiner mentor. Most places won't take a chance on a brand new NLI as it's not worth the risk, so having experience and being able to prove you're a good instructor helps.

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