Water rescue training is one of the most specialised training services provided today. Because of the unique conditions that are considered when performing a life saving rescue in water, there are certain techniques that must be learned and practiced before you can ensure the safety of the rescue. Lifeguards in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, as well as throughout the country are required to undergo rigorous training before beginning work because of the delicate nature of the job. Without the proper training, and constant review of all rescue procedures, the risk of injury and death will be high. Water safety is an important part of every pool, lake, and ocean facility and staff must be well versed in the appropriate procedures in order to ensure the safety of all patrons.
There are a variety of ways to educate lifeguards and other emergency personnel on the proper procedures for water rescue. Most training courses involve basic first aid and CPR training as well as AED training when applicable. Receiving the correct CPR training might very well mean the difference between life and death in a water rescue. In order to administer proper CPR training, manikins can be used to demonstrate the appropriate techniques. Without the proper instruction, CPR can not only be ineffective, but when performed improperly, it can also result in further injury on the victim. A CPR manikin can be used to practice the head tilt technique and show trainees exactly what a human torso will look like when the airways are opened and air is getting into the lungs.
Manikins can also be effective when teaching the proper techniques for rescues both in and out of the water. Several techniques require being able to keep a victim immobilised during a rescue, even whilst in the water. Back boarding and removal techniques can be taught using a manikin instead of a live victim to reduce the risk of injury and allow all trainees to visualise exactly what a body should look like when fully immobilised. Certain types of full body manikins can also be utilised for CPR training in order to provide trainees with a simulation of a full range of potential rescue procedures.
The water can be a great source of fun, entertainment, and exercise for the whole family. However, it can also be a dangerous place for those who are not strong swimmers, and even for those that are when they experience injury or other health issues. When professionals are present, any body of water can remain a safe place, as long as those professionals have received the proper training and education in water rescue and maintain their certifications and qualifications by constantly plasticising a variety of rescue techniques. It is always a good idea to have a specially designed manikin present for training purposes so that all staff are up to date on their training and will be able to provide excellent emergency services when called upon.