How well can your lifeguards work together? Pete DeQuincy, Aquatics International contributor and aquatics supervisor for the East Bay Regional Park District in Castro Valley, Calif., presented a dozen drills in his 2014 LIfeguard Challenge, and saw some great results. Three of those drills focused on skills that require teamwork.

1. 2-Rescuer CPR progression

Guidelines:

Lifeguards are in 2-person teams, with a primary rescuer, and a secondary rescuer. A manikin will be used for the victim. THERE SHOULD BE 3 2-PERSON TEAMS FOR THIS CHALLENGE.

Rescuers will be wearing a fanny pack equipped with gloves and a pocket mask.

Victim is considered a dry victim with no spinal injury.

Rescuers will get to the victim and do the following skills:

  • Glove up
  • Activate EMS
  • Perform a Primary Assessment
  • Begin CPR.

A trainer will be used to state that the victim is not responsive, and there is no severe bleeding, the victim has no pulse but is not breathing.
As the trainer, you can still ensure that your rescuers are opening the airway properly, holding the mask properly with good posture and body position over the victim. Rescuers must be counting out loud when checking for breathing and during CPR compressions. Both rescuers must have gloves on by the end of the drill.

This is an all pass drill, meaning all rescuers must complete the drill for the lifeguard team to receive a pass. This drill must be completed in 30 seconds.

Here's a look at the winning team, El Dorado Hills Lifeguards.

2. Extrication of a non-spinal victim using a 2-person removal with a backboard

Guidelines:

Start with the primary rescuer in the water with the victim at the side of the pool. The secondary rescuer will be on the deck with the backboard.

Remove the victim from the water as quickly and safely as possible. Backboard and victim must be completely on the deck. No part of the backboard should be hanging over the water. Rescuers will have 20 seconds to complete the drill.

This is an all pass drill, meaning that all rescue teams must adhere to the guidelines and complete the drill within the designated time to receive a pass.

Here's a look at the winning team, Yountville Lifeguards.

3. Extrication using a 2-person removal with a backboard for a victim who is on the surface in deep water. Rescuer does not use a rescue tube.

Guidelines:

NOTE: RESCUERS AND VICTIMS MUST BE ABLE TO EQUALIZE PRESSURE UNDERWATER. IF UNABLE TO DO, DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE DRILL.

Start with both primary and secondary rescuers on the deck at the side of the pool. The backboard will be at least 10 feet away. The victim will be on the surface in deep water (8-12 feet.) The primary rescuer will not have a rescue tube.

Remove the victim from the water as quickly and safely as possible. Backboard and victim must be completely on the deck. No part of the backboard should be hanging over the water. Rescuers will have 20 seconds to complete the drill.

This is an all pass drill, meaning that all rescue teams must adhere to the guidelines and complete the drill within the designated time to receive a pass.

Here's a look at the winning team, Yountville Lifeguards.

Try these drills with your lifeguards today, and let us know how well they do in the comments below!