HABC Level 3 International Award in Beach Lifeguarding

HABC Level 3 International Award in Beach Lifeguarding

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Course Description

The Level 3 International Award in Beach Lifeguarding is for those learners wishing to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a qualified beach lifeguard. It covers the preparation, health and safety of a beach environment, and how to respond to beach emergencies and emergency situations in open water areas.

This qualification allows successful learners to operate as a qualified beach lifeguard for 2 years. After this period, learners will need to retrain and go through reassessment in order to remain a qualified beach lifeguard.

To register on to this qualification the learner shall meet the following entry requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Swim 400m in under 8 minutes.
  • Swim 200m continuously in open water.
  • Tread water for 10 minutes.
  • Surface dive to the seabed to recover an aquatic sunken manikin weighing more than 4KG. This must be done at the deepest part of the training area or at a depth of 5m.
  • Have minimum Emergency First Aid or an internationally recognised equivalent, and Defibrillation (AED) approved through Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services.

Course content:

  • Health and Safety of a Beach Environment
  • Responding to Beach Emergencies
  • Emergency in open water area
  • Rescue and landing of casualty from the sea
  • Rescue equipment and safe manual handling of casualty at sea
  • Casualty recognition
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and safe use of a defibrillator
  • Spinal injury management

How is the qualification assessed?

This qualification is assessed by the following methods:

  1. Practical Observation
  2. Open Response Assessment
    Learners must provide a short response to questions across the breadth of the course. To pass this assessment, learners must achieve a score of 20 from 30 questions.

Course Duration:

40 hours of combined theory and practical.

Certificate Validity:

2 years from the date of award.

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