All three swimming clubs in Grand Cayman were represented at last week’s Junior Lifeguard Course held by coach Marie Shepheard at Treasure Island Swim School on West Bay Road.
As well as TI Swim School members, swimmers from the Stingray Club and Camana Bay Aquatic Club and some young visitors from the U.K. were on the course.
It was the second of two courses run this summer giving children valuable life skills.
The course covered all the latest rescue techniques both in the pool and the ocean and covered everything from helping a toddler in trouble to recovering a passive drowner off the bottom of the pool, including spinal board training and two people rescues.
The first aid training was given by Peter Hughes from the Cayman Red Cross and the final day of the course was a trip to the Turtle Farm where head life guard Devon Miller gave the children an idea of what being a full time lifeguard is all about.
This was a certified American Red Cross course, so both a practical and written exam were taken by the participants during the course.
Coach Shepheard said, “The children learned some valuable lessons during the week that will stay with them for life. Much of the course was taught in the pool, learning to identify and how to deal with various situations that can happen in a split second in water and the decision made by anyone going to help someone in trouble could cost that person their life; so it’s very important to teach these children how to react quickly and safely to every situation.”
She added that this was a serious course that was taught in a positive and fun way to ensure these new skills stay with the children for a long time.
The first aid training covered citizen’s CPR, burns, choking, bleeding, bandaging and how and when to make a 911 call.
Rebekah Brooks, one of the parents and who is a full-time nurse locally, said that her two girls Vanessa and Isabella had a great week and was thrilled each evening to hear what the girls had learned.
Estha Henderson, another parent who also completed the full Life Guard Course during the Easter Break at Treasure Island said, “Like many families on island we spend our weekends diving. My daughter Tanya spends most her life in the water so I was keen that she learned these skills.”
Coach Shepheard is hoping to run more courses during the Christmas break.