How Can CPR and First Aid Training Help You Become a Lifeguard This Summer?

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Want to make the most of your summer vacation? Thanks to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training, you’ll be able to spend your summer days at the beach or swimming pool and help save lives.

CPR and First Aid training is essential for anyone who wants to become a lifeguard this summer and provides crucial insights in a number of areas, including:

  1. Rescue Skills

How will you help a swimmer if he or she starts to drown? With the proper training, you’ll be equipped to provide the necessary assistance to rescue a drowning victim.

Training for lifeguards requires you to understand various rescue skills, including:

  • Assessing a drowning victim’s condition.
  • Conducting the appropriate rescue procedures.
  • Ensuring the victim is moved to safety.
  • Offering additional support to the victim as needed.

As a lifeguard, you never know when you’ll be called into action. Fortunately, with the right rescue skills training, you’ll be able to offer immediate support to drowning victims.

  1. First Aid 

A lifeguard’s top priority should be to prevent an emergency from happening. But in the event that a life-threatening situation arises, a lifeguard must be able to administer first aid correctly.

“Your primary responsibility as a lifeguard is to prevent drowning and other injuries from occurring at your aquatic facility,” the American Red Cross notes. “One of the ways you do this is by recognizing and responding quickly to emergency situations. … [and] follow along as you face situations where you need to make decisions fast and act quickly to provide first aid.”

A CPR training course includes first aid lessons, enabling you to learn what it takes to administer first aid quickly and efficiently. Thus, you’ll be prepared to support drowning victims at all times.

  1. CPR

To better understand the importance of CPR training for lifeguards, consider the following stats from the American Heart Association (AHA):

The survivor rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims was 9.5 percent in 2013; comparatively, the survivor rate when bystander CPR was delivered to these victims was 40.1 percent.

Clearly, bystander CPR can make a world of difference for SCA victims, and lifeguards who know the ins and outs of CPR will be able to perform CPR as needed.

  1. AED Training

You will learn the importance of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and how to use them in your CPR training course.

AHA points out 64 percent of Americans have never seen an AED, despite the fact that this device could be used to help save a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victim’s life.

Also, AHA notes that 23 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are “shockable” arrhythmias, aka “[arrhythmias] that respond to a shock from an AED.” This means that those who are trained to use AEDs may be able to provide lifesaving support, resulting in higher out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victim survivor rates nationally.

SCA that occurs at a beach or swimming pool can be problematic. And if it happens, a lifeguard must be ready to respond without delay.

Lifeguards who receive AED training will understand how to utilize an AED at a beach, pool or any other location. Thus, AED training delivers significant value and may prove to be the difference between life and death for an SCA victim.

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Becoming a lifeguard is no day at the beach, but lifeguard training will give you the skills you need to understand how to identify dangerous behaviors and situations and act accordingly.

It is paramount for a lifeguard-to-be to learn how to administer CPR, too. By doing so, you will be able to provide instant support to a drowning or SCA victim, regardless of the circumstances, and ensure that this individual is fully supported until advanced medical personnel arrive on the scene.

When it comes to CPR training, only the best will suffice. And with the team at SureFire CPR at your disposal, you’ll be able to learn how to provide fast, effective CPR treatments.

For years, SureFire CPR has served as Southern California’s premier provider of CPR training, and we prioritize three values as part of our mission to help students achieve their CPR training goals:

  • Empowerment – We want to give students the strength and confidence to perform CPR, and ultimately, help save a life.
  • Integrity – We strive to it the right way every time, and as such, will dedicate the necessary time and resources to ensure each student is capable of performing CPR correctly at any time.
  • Care – We understand that performing CPR can be challenging. However, our staff boasts empathy and experience and will work with students to ensure they can achieve their CPR training goals quickly.

Ready to discover what it takes to learn CPR and become a lifeguard this summer? Contact us today at (888) 277-3143 to enroll in one of our CPR training classes.


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About the author

I spent 15 years as a firefighter and paramedic...

And too often I would arrive on the scene of someone unconscious, surrounded by a circle of people feeling helpless. Sometimes those people would even have CPR training but lacked the confidence and experience to act.

That’s why I started SureFire CPR. Our classes are practical and engaging – teaching you the crucial skills you need to know what to do and feel empowered to take action.

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