On Saturday 7th September Les Quennevais Sports Centre ran the
annual Peter Brown Pool lifeguard Competition.
The Competition is designed to test all areas of a lifeguards
skills and responsibilities, from dealing face to face with a
customer to CPR to the lifeguards fitness.
This year they firstly had 30 minuets to complete a 40 question
paper on all aspects covered in the NPLQ 8th edition lifeguard
manual. Christina Blampied a qualified Lifeguard TA overviewed.
Next from a holding area they were then taken to deal with a
Customer Care / First Aid / CPR incident which took place in the
pool changing area, the competitors had no idea before the incident
what was going to happen and had to use their lifeguard training
and skill to deal with it effectively and safely.
At the incident they were confronted by an irate customer who
was complaining about an issue in the changing area, they had to
calm this person down by listening and dealing with the issue,
unfortunately this customer then whilst getting and item out of his
locker badly cut his hand. Again their training of first Aid was
tested, by them having to treat this customer in the correct manner
for the injury, as the incident proceeded the customer lost
consciousness forcing the lifeguard to have to perform CPR, through
out the incident the examiners who were Miles Kitchen & Marcel
Morin both Pool TA's were looking for the correct approach for the
best outcome for the customer, the life guards who did this
receiving better scores.
As each lifeguard completed the incident they were taken to
poolside where they had to do two timed swims. The first was a 20
meter swim to a conscious casualty with a 20 meter tow back. The
second was a 20 meter swim to a unconscious casualty with a 10
meter tow back. Both these swims were timed by Helen Barry a
Lifeguard TA and points were awarded on the speed of each rescue by
At the end of this the points were totaled up and trophy's were
awarded by Jenny Brown wife of the late Peter Brown.
1st Bruce Bridal
2nd Rob Hamon
3rd Justin Eastwood