Junior lifesaving program

Junior lifesaving program

Junior lifeguards are expected to learn and follow water safety rules to ensure the safety of themselves and others in aquatic environments. Here are some common water safety rules that junior lifeguards should be familiar with:

Swim in Designated Areas

Junior lifeguards should only swim in designated swimming areas, such as marked sections of a pool or within the designated swim zones at a beach. These areas are supervised and have been assessed for safety.

Follow Lifeguard Instructions

Junior lifeguards should always follow the instructions given by certified lifeguards or program staff. Lifeguards are trained to identify potential hazards and ensure the safety of everyone in the water.

Know and Respect Water Depth

Junior lifeguards should be aware of the water depth and only enter water that is appropriate for their swimming abilities. They should avoid going into water that is too deep for them to safely handle.

Swim with a Buddy

It’s important for junior lifeguards to swim with a buddy whenever possible. Having a swimming companion increases safety by providing mutual support, assistance, and the ability to watch out for one another.

Be Aware of Surroundings

Junior lifeguards should be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times. They should watch out for other swimmers, potential hazards, and changing water conditions.

Avoid Alcohol and Drugs

Junior lifeguards should never consume alcohol or drugs before or during swimming or lifeguarding activities. These substances impair judgment, coordination, and reaction times, increasing the risk of accidents and drowning.

Wear Appropriate Safety Equipment

Depending on the specific program and aquatic environment, junior lifeguards may be required to wear safety equipment such as personal flotation devices (PFDs) or rescue tubes. They should ensure that the equipment is properly fitted and used according to instructions.

Know Emergency Procedures

Junior lifeguards should familiarize themselves with emergency procedures specific to the program or facility. This includes knowing how to recognize and respond to emergencies, when and how to activate the emergency response system, and who to contact for assistance.

Respect Weather Conditions

Junior lifeguards should respect weather conditions and avoid swimming during inclement weather, including thunderstorms, heavy rain, or high winds. They should also be aware of the signs of dangerous weather conditions and take appropriate action.

Practice Sun Safety

Junior lifeguards should protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and staying hydrated. They should seek shade periodically and avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.