NARS Coasteering Lifesaver Award
This award is establishes a standard which creates a level of competence in life saving as a basic award to prepare candidates for incidents involving coasteering
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age on the date of Assessment
- Be able to swim 100 metres in a swimming pool.
- Be medically and physically fit
- Minimum guided learning hours-16 prior to assessment.
VALIDITY OF AWARD
24 months from the date of the Assessment, with the option of taking a proficiency test prior to the expiry date and every 12 months thereafter.
1. Fitness Test & Releases
Complete a swim of 200 metres in the sea in Coasteering equipment.Coasteering equipment is understood to include a wetsuit appropriate footwear, helmet and buoyancy aid.
2. Lifeguard Skills, Knowledge & Rescue
Demonstrate two releases selected by the Assessor and appropriate handling of the situation.
In Open Water, demonstrate effectively the ability to carry out the following:
- A thorough knowledge and understanding of all signals Two contact tows. Demonstrate both over 100 metres on an unconscious, non breathing patient. Demonstrate deep water EAV during which time the patient shall be deemed to have become conscious. Bring the patient to shore and demonstrate appropriate aftercare. The exercise must be carried out under simulated rescue conditions with an appropriate attempt to perform the rescue ‘as quickly as possible’
- One non-contact tow. Demonstrate both over 100 metres
- Negotiate surf and swim using swell to you.
- Acting as a Lifeguard, as team leader and as part of a team, initiate the appropriate procedures at an incident and provide aftercare for 1 or 2 patients from a previously unknown simulated emergency situation. At the completion of the test, complete an Incident Report form
- As part of a team, rescue a prone patient with a suspected spinal injury and remove to safety.
- Demonstrate appropriate action and aftercare
- Answer 5 questions from the work sheets (Beach Environment section) without referring to any notes. A mark of at least 4 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.
- Answer 5 questions from the work sheets (Communication section) without referring to any notes.
- A mark of at least 4 is accepted as the minimum score permitted.
3. Life Support
Using a live simulated unconscious patient (not a manikin) demonstrate:
- Scene safety and assessment
- Turning a patient from prone to supine
- Open the airway & check for signs of life
- The action for vomiting and blockages
- The recovery position and aftercare
- Using a suitable adult manikin, demonstrate CPR and the use of supplementary oxygen via an effective method.
- Obtain an airway on a suspected spinal injury patient using jaw thrust.
- Demonstrate CPR on a:
- Child manikin
- Adult manikin
4. First Aid
Acting individually, initiate the appropriate procedures at an incident and provide the aftercare 1 patient from a previously unknown simulated first aid situation.
Answer 10 questions from the work sheets (First Aid and Resuscitation section) without referring to any notes.
This award consists of a course of 16 hours including Assessment, the 24 month validity will commence from the date of Assessment.
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