VSLC Open Water Rescuer

VSLC Open Water Rescuer Qualification

The Open Water Rescuer qualification is designed to give candidates the skills they need to look after people in controlled open water activities – such as swim events or kayak tours. It is typically delivered over 3 days.

Qualification Details

Qualification Name: VSLC Open Water Rescuer
Current Version: v1.1

Governance: Taught in line with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines

Duration: 21 hours contact time
Validity: 2 years from the date of the course. Regular ongoing training is recommended.

 

Open Water Knowledge:

  • Identify health and safety aspects relevant to the open water environment
  • List the Open Water Safety Code
  • Risk assessment
  • List areas covered in a Normal Operating Plan
  • List areas covered in an Emergency Action Plan
  • List the role and responsibilities of an Open Water Rescuer
  • List the rescue equipment available
  • Demonstrate common communication signals

First Aid Knowledge:

  • Know how to make a Scene assessment
  • List the Primary Survey
  • List the priorities of casualty management
  • Know how to call for help
  • Know how to recognise and treat a suspected:
    • Fractures
    • Dislocations
    • Strains and sprains
    • Cramp
  • Know how to recognise and treat suspected:
    • Compression
    • Concussion
    • Skull fracture
    • Spinal injuries
  • Know how to treat a suspected spinal cord injury:
    • Demonstrate manual in line stabilisation on a suspected spinal cord injury casualty
    • Demonstrate log roll on a suspected spinal cord injury casualty
    • Demonstrate the recovery position using two people
  • Know how to recognise and treat suspected:
    • Heart Attack
    • Seizures
    • Stroke
  • Know how to recognise and treat suspected breathing problems:
    • Asthma
    • Hyperventilation
    • Drowning
    • Choking
  • Know how to recognise and treat suspected:
    • Small cuts
    • Grazes
    • Bruises
    • Minor Burns
    • Stings
  • Know how to recognise and treat shock and bleeding:
    • Identify types of bleeding
    • List the signs and symptoms of shock
    • Demonstrate treating shock
    • Demonstrate controlling simulated external bleeding 

Basic Life Support:

  • Demonstrate turning a simulated casualty from front to back
  • Demonstrate the action for regurgitation
  • Demonstrate putting the simulated casualty into the recovery position
  • Demonstrate using manikins basic life support for the following casualties:
    • Adult sudden collapse
    • Adult drowned
    • Child
  • Demonstrate on a manikin basic life support with the use of a pocket mask
  • Demonstrate on a manikin opening an airway for a suspected spinal cord injury casualty

Rescue Skills:

  • Using a land based rescue aid, rescue a weak swimmer 10 metres from safety
  • Swim 50 metres to a panicking weak swimmer and perform a 50 metre torpedo buoy recovery
  • Swim 50 metres to an injured swimmer and perform a 50 metre torpedo buoy recovery
  • Demonstrate in-water Rescue Breathing – The simulated casualty should be in shallow water
  • Swim 50 metres with a torpedo buoy to rescue a simulated non- breathing casualty and perform deep water rescue breathing while r returning with the casualty
  • Demonstrate in shallow water the rescue of a simulated suspected spinal injury casualty
  • Demonstrate searching for a suddenly submerged casualty, perform two surface dives, one feet first, one head first
  • Demonstrate landing a casualty with assistance
  • Perform a safe, prompt and effective response to a simulated emergency situation
    This qualification is trainer assessed. 

    To complete the qualification, candidates must:

     

    • Demonstrate the primary survey and turning face down to face up
    • Demonstrate the procedure for action for vomit and recovery position
    • Demonstrate the log roll and modified recovery position for spinal injury
    • Using a manikin demonstrate basic life support for adult sudden collapse
    • Using a manikin demonstrate basic life support for an adult drowning casualty
    • Using a manikin demonstrate basic life support for children
    • Swim continuously on the front in open water for 10 minutes
    • Using a land based rescue aid, rescue a weak swimmer 10 metres from safety
    • Swim 50 metres to a panicking weak swimmer and perform a 50 metre torpedo buoy recovery
    • Swim 50 metres to an injured swimmer and perform a 50 metre torpedo buoy recovery
    • Demonstrate in-water Rescue Breathing
    • Swim 50 metres with a torpedo buoy to rescue a simulated non-breathing casualty and perform deep water rescue breathing while returning with the casualty
    • Demonstrate in shallow water the rescue of a simulated suspected spinal injury casualty
    • Demonstrate searching for a suddenly submerged casualty, perform two surface dives, one feet first, one head first
    • Demonstrate landing a casualty with assistancePerform a safe, prompt and effective response to one of the following emergencies and provide aftercare:
      1. Drowning
      2. Injured casualty
      3. Unconscious casualty
      4. Multiple casualties

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