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Testing to ensure lifeguard proficiency

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) lifeguards from across South-East Queensland were today put through their paces, undertaking fitness proficiency testing at Tallebudgera Creek.

Around 20 lifeguards and trainee lifeguards completed the testing, a requirement for guards employed by SLSQ’s Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS).

SLSQ Lifeguard Supervisor SEQ Tim Wilson said proficiency testing was undertaken for water-based rescues, jet skis, first aid and advanced resuscitation, as well as other competencies.

“The assessment, combined with a rigorous training program, ensures the highest standard of competence is maintained by the ALS,” he said.

“Our beaches may be a little quieter this time of year, but it is essential that our lifeguards remain focussed ahead of what will no doubt be another busy season across the region’s beaches.

“A range of complex rescue scenarios, including board and tube rescues, today tested guards’ physical and mental capabilities, ensuring each maintains a high level of fitness and emergency care skills.”

Mr Wilson said that, in addition to ensuring competence, the annual fitness proficiency testing also encouraged continuous improvement within the service.

“Many of our lifeguards have strong affiliations with surf lifesaving clubs, having begun as nippers, junior or senior surf lifesavers,” he said.

“While SLSQ boasts around 50 permanent lifeguards across the state, we also employ part-time and casual guards – each dedicated to saving lives and protecting beachgoers along the state’s coastline.”

In 2018/19, SLSQ lifeguards performed 633,786 preventative actions to proactively protect beachgoers across the state, administered 42,159 first aid treatments, and saved the lives of 2,513 people through in-water rescues.

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