Lifeguarding Drill: BVM rotation

This drill is the second in the BVM series. (Aquatics International, "The Power of the Secondary Lifeguard", March 2013 issue)


Start with the BVM assembled. All lifeguards stand in a line near the training station. All lifeguards will have gloves available to use before starting the drill. One lifeguard will start in the primary position (Position A) behind the victim's head (cephalic position) providing airway management with the mask portion of the BVM. Another lifeguard will be in the secondary position (Position B) to the side of the victim (lateral position) gripping the bag of the BVM with both hands.

Each lifeguard will perform both the primary and secondary positions during the drill. The secondary lifeguard will perform 3 successful ventilations for adult rescue breathing. The manikin chest must rise each time. Once the secondary lifeguard completes the 3 rescue breaths, they will move in to the primary position and take over. The primary lifeguard will step away. The tertiary lifeguard will glove up and move in and take over the secondary position. The tertiary lifeguard is only allowed to begin gloving up once the secondary lifeguard begins to perform rescue breathing.

A pass for this drill is once every lifeguard has gone through the primary, secondary, and tertiary positions successfully. Primary and secondary will have 20-25 seconds to complete the 3 ventilations. Tertiary will have roughly 15 seconds to glove up.