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First aid and lifesaving certificates needed when applying for lifeguard

Apart from public swimming pools, gazetted beaches and water sports centres administered by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), quite many places like clubhouses in private properties, hotels and clubs also hire lifeguards at their swimming pools and water sports centres. Therefore the demands for lifeguards are always there. First Aid and LifesavingNormally, a Lifeguard Award and a First Aid Certificate are required when applying for a job as a lifeguard. Take the recruitment advertisement of Lifeguard on the website of LCSD as an example, the entry requirements are:Entry Requirements(a) completed Primary 6 education, or equivalent;(b) visual acuity of 6/60;(c) a valid Beach Lifeguard Award and Pool Lifeguard Award from The Hong Kong Life Saving Society;(d) a valid First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross, or the Auxiliary Medical Service;(e) attained a level of proficiency in Chinese and English languages equivalent to Primary 6 standard; and(f) passed a trade test.This means, if you want to be one of the lifeguards in town, you will probably need to attain a Lifeguard Award and a First Aid Certificate. >>>For more information about the Beach Lifeguard Award and the Pool Lifeguard Award issued by The Hong Kong Life Saving Society, please visit the websites of The Hong Kong Life Saving Society, the Intergrated Lifesaving Certificate Training Scheme (Pool Lifeguard & Beach Lifeguard) 2021/22, and the Lifesaving Training Scheme (BM) 2021.>>>For more information about the First Aid Certificate of the St John Ambulance Association, Hong Kong Red Cross, or the Auxiliary Medical Service, please visit the story "First aid certificate courses recognised by the Government".

Lifesaving Training Scheme (BM) 2021

Quota: 20 persons per classEligibility:(1)Aged 13 or above(2)Within five minutes to swim 200 meters (any forward swimming style)(3)Can tread water for three minutes Application method:(1)Complete application form T001 (available at the related website for download);(2)One self-return envelope (please write your name and address, and paste with a HK$2 stamp); and(3) Crossed cheque (payable to "The Hong Kong Life Saving Society", please write your name, contact telephone number, course code) The above documents should reach the Hong Kong Life Saving Society office before the deadline. Registration is on "first-come, first-served basis". (Fax application is not acceptable. Except for cancellation of course, all fees paid are non-refundable.)

Lifeguard

Lifeguard Leung Wing Yin said, “Many people think that lifeguards simply enjoy the sun when on duty.  This is definitely not the case!  We are responsible for rescuing the swimmers in distress and providing first aid in cases of drowning.  Besides, we have to keep the venues clean and in good order.” Lifeguard Ho Wing Yin said, “We also conduct regular training and sometimes mobilisation drill exercises for rescue operations for a variety of situations in order to best equip ourselves for emergencies.” Please watch the video for more information about the job duties of lifeguards. Organisation chartOfficial recruitment page

Duties of a Lifeguard – Beyond Life Saving

Whether at a beach or a pool, you can always see lifeguards standing guard on the watch out platforms. You may question: is swimming the only requirement for recruiting lifeguards? Is saving drowned people their only daily duty?Here are 8 other duties of lifeguards that you may not know: 1.    Keep the venue clean2.    Maintain the order of the venue3.    Conduct equipment inspection to ensure they are sufficient and functioning4.    Carry out tasks assigned by superiors5.    Perform routine training6.    Clean the beach7.    Remove rubbish from the sea 8.    Check whether the tiles and rubber bumpers are in good condition  Lifeguard Leung Wing Yin said, “Many people see lifeguards as simply enjoying the sun when they are on duty.” In fact, they are responsible for rescuing swimmers and providing first aid in cases of drowning, in addition to all the duties listed above.At the beach, lifeguards have to clear oyster shells on the stairs of floating platforms and mosses on float balls, as well as to remove rubbish from the sea. Lifeguards serving at swimming pools have to check whether the tiles and rubber bumpers are in good condition. Lifeguard Ho Wing Yin said, “Taking precautions is more important than lifesaving.”Regular training and team drills for rescue operations are also conducted to keep lifeguards best-fit for emergencies at all times.The daily job of lifeguards is not simply lifesaving, but also preventing swimmers from injury. This is why they always keep themselves well-trained and work at their best. Contributing Editor: Sophie