WHAT DO THE LIFESAVING TESTS CONSIST OF?
This is one of the big questions that we are asked day after day when a student considers taking the lifeguard class online . It is normal for a certain level of concern to be generated by knowing what the necessary physical tests are to be able to work as a lifeguard in the Community of Madrid. Even more, if possible, when most of the students have never measured the times and their true aquatic capacities.
The first thing to say is that lifesaving courses are not swimming courses, so it is necessary to have certain skills to be able to pass the tests with some ease. That said, it should also be noted that the capacity of teachers is essential for a student to pass the tests.
Here two fundamental functions of teachers are important. Two functions that in ARPA4 are considered fundamental pillars in lifeguard courses, as well as in the training of future lifeguard teachers. We are talking about the science of training on the one hand, and on the other, and very importantly, STUDENT MOTIVATION.
WHERE ARE THE RESCUE EVIDENCES COLLECTED?
This is very important to know. We must know that lifesaving tests are not imposed by the schools themselves in the Community of Madrid, but must be governed by mandatory regulations.
The tests must be minimally those included in Order 1319/2006, of June 27, of the Ministry of Health and Consumption, which establishes the criteria that allow establishing the levels of training of the personnel who provide their services as lifeguards in swimming pools, aquatic facilities and natural environment of the Community of Madrid.
There will be schools that ask for more tests, but they are not necessary to be able to be a lifeguard in the Community of Madrid, so if the three that we will explain below are exceeded (and the rest of the study plan) someone should not be prevented from being Registered in the registry of lifeguards of the Ministry of Health.
THE THREE TESTS OF THE LIFESAVING COURSE
Do a 300m freestyle swim in a maximum time of 8 minutes
TEST 2 (COMBINED 1)
Entry into the water with sighting of the victim, in a situation of aquatic distress, plus 50 meters of free swimming to approach the victim, proper contact, use of a floating rescue device appropriate to the type of victim (DFR), and tow it safely, for 50 meters with correct technique (with continuous assessment of the victim) doing it in a maximum time of three minutes and thirty seconds.
In addition, extraction of the victim from the water and performance of basic CPR for three minutes on a resuscitation doll
TEST 3 (COMBINED 2)
Entry into the water with sighting of the victim, 50 meters of lifeguard swimming, plus 15 meters of diving and 35 meters of towing a simulated victim who is at the bottom of the pool, doing it all in a maximum time of 3 minutes.
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