Every candidate, prior to commencement of training for the ER-SP must:
- Be 16 years of age at the time of taking the ER-SP assessment
1.) Pool safety theory
- Pool Safety Operating ProceduresThe swimming pool environment, identifying hazards, accident prevention and rescue equipment
- The swimming pool environment, identifying hazards, accident prevention and rescue equipment
- Administration Emergency Response (Swimming Pools)
- Principles of rescue, incident management and casualty identification
- Suspected spinal cord injury management – head splint and stabilisation
- Accident reporting and record keeping
2.) Life Support
- Adult, child and infant basic life support (and drowning BLS sequence) to include the use of a pocket mask
- CPR techniques with more than one rescuer
- Casualty management
- Life support and injury to the spine
- Explain the differences of life support for children and infants
- Problems with basic life support
- Life support and injury to the spine
3.) Emergency first aid and management of:
- Heart attack
- Medical conditions
- Bites and stings Theory
- Principles of first aid
- Effects of drowning
- The identification of potential spinal cord injury and application of the head splint technique
4.) Water rescue skills
- Reaching, throwing and wading rescues
- Casualty recovery from the pool floor
- Assisting/recovering casualties onto the poolside
- The use of a range of rescue aids
- The identification of potential spinal cord injury, application of the head splint technique and team support
Incident Management – candidates will be trained to respond and react to the following incidents
You respond to the pool alarm, proceed to poolside and find a bather in difficulty at least 2 metres from the side of the pool. Using an appropriate emergency rescue aid and without entering the water, carry out the rescue of the bather and bring them to a point of safety. Instruct and assist them to leave the water safely.
Water rescue – wading rescue
- You respond to the pool alarm, proceed to poolside and find a bather in difficulty in the centre of the pool. Enter the water and demonstrate a wading rescue. Rescue the casualty to a point of support and assist them to leave the water.
Recovery of a submerged casualty
- You respond to the pool alarm, proceed to poolside and find a submersible manikin is lying at the bottom of the deepest part of the pool. Enter the water safely, submerge and recover the manikin to the surface. Exchange for a ‘live’ casualty who will simulate unconsciousness and tow or wade with the casualty to the poolside. With assistance, land the casualty and prepare the casualty for resuscitation.
Suspected spinal cord injury management
- A casualty is observed by another bather floating in the pool in water of standing depth. Responding to the pool alarm, you suspect a spinal cord injury. Using a safe method of entry, wade to the casualty who will be face down in the water. Turn the casualty to a face up position using the Head-Splint technique. Stabilise the casualty until further trained assistance arrives who provide further support working as a team.
Within the scope of emergency situations the following will be considered:
- The different types of casualty (first aid)
- Recognition of persons in difficulty (including land water based scenarios)
- Dealing with the emergency and controlling the incident
- Reporting, both verbally and in writing
Candidates should be able to explain the actions taken upon completing the above water rescues and how they link with the site specific Emergency Action Plan. During the training, candidates should practise various rescue scenarios.
Renewal of the RLSS ER-SP
Candidates who show evidence of having completed ongoing training and competency based assessment throughout the qualification period, covering the full range of skills prior to undertaking a renewal programme may undertake a 7 hour refresher course. Throughout the course the TA must be assured that each candidate is suitably trained and is capable of demonstrating the practical skills and demonstrate an understanding of the full syllabus of skills. The TA can ask a number of oral questions of the candidates to test knowledge. This may be backed up with a review at the end of the 7 hours with a further set of face to face questions and demonstration of practical skills to confirm competence.
Approved Prior Learning (APL)
Holders of a current First Aid at Work certificate or the Emergency First Aid at Work certificate will be credited 6 hours towards the Emergency Response – Swimming Pools Award if they are a new candidate, however competencies must still be checked and recorded on the candidates personal performance record with extra training provided if necessary to ensure the candidate is able to perform the skills to the required level of competence.
Above information was provided by the RLSS.