Photos: Bermuda Lifeguard Training Course

May 5, 2016

The Department of Parks recently hosted a three-day intense training course for lifeguards, with the training being held for returning lifeguards that have already qualified and have worked with the Department in previous years.

A spokesperson said, “Considered ‘Professional Rescuers,’ lifeguards must stay up to date with current practices hence annual training is mandatory.

“Lifeguards must carry out core lifesaving skills and physical fitness assessments before returning to service each season. Lifeguards are trained and assessed by certified and current Royal Life Saving Society UK Trainers/Assessors.

“In comparison, new Lifeguards must go through a 56 hour [week-long] training course. Throughout the 6-month Lifeguard Season, Lifeguards will also undergo monthly physical assessments.

“The main duties of lifeguards in Bermuda include:

  • Observing aquatic activities in designated patrolled area in order to prevent emergency situations.
  • Responding to both land and aquatic emergencies.
  • Providing immediate first aid and emergency care to injured or unwell patrons.
  • Informing and educating the public on beach/water safety through formal and informal contacts.
  • Enforcing the 1988 Bermuda National Parks Regulations.”

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  1. sage says:

    Nice. Can a rescue jet ski be added to the lifeguards equipment at the busiest beaches?

    • Good Suggestion says:

      Very Much needed. I hope a private or public donation is made for this request.

  2. LGLO says:

    A Jet Ski would be great this team does a great job all summer you cant imagine the number and kinds of incidents they attend to. Keep up the good work looking forward to a safe and enjoyable summer with you around.

    LGLO

  3. frank says:

    I thought no one would ever ask time have changed the jet ski should be a standard tool