Kingston Active has been named the 2019 Life Saving Victoria – Pool Lifeguard Champions, beating a highly contested field of champion lifeguards in an impressive display of lifeguarding skills and teamwork at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre on Friday 23rd August.
“The Lifeguard challenge is a great event that Kingston Active is proud to be involved in. The experience, knowledge and skills that all participants develop from the event is a positive for all facilities. The Kingston team look forward to the event every year and are proud to represent Kingston Active and their fellow peers and staff,” says Kingston Active’s Operations Coordinator James Prideaux, “Winning this year was an exciting and a great honour for the team and we hope to be back again next year to do it all over again.”
Eighteen teams representing 36 aquatic facilities were challenged in a variety of simulated scenarios, such as managing spinal injury situations, major first aids, lost children and distressed patrons, as well as race events in the pool including obstacle, tube rescue tows, line throws and manikin relays.
“The scenarios were designed not only to test the technical skills of the individual team members, but also their overall teamwork, communication and incident response capabilities,” says event manager and LSV General Manager of Public Training & Pool Safety, Mr Andy Dennis. “The scenarios they faced were difficult, but realistic, and could easily occur at the participants’ own facilities. A variety of twists and complications were also introduced into the scenarios to make the situations even more challenging.”
The event, the biggest of its kind in the country, was delivered with the generous support of Laerdal Australia and New Zealand using the latest Laerdal monitoring technology in the CPR event to provide, for the first time in such an event, immediate feedback to participants on the quality and effectiveness of their techniques.
– Kingston Active = 271 points
– Yarra Leisure (2018 winners) = 263 points
– Maroondah Leisure = 260 points
Individual event winners included:
- Wet scenario 1 –Yarra Leisure
- Wet scenario 2 – Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre
- Wet scenario 3 – Kingston Active, Reservoir Leisure
- Dry scenario 1 – Casey Aquatic and Recreation Centre
- Dry scenario 2 – Eltham Leisure
Runners up: Yarra Leisure
Second runners up: Maroondah Leisure
LSV acknowledges the support of State Sport Centres Trust (MSAC), Laerdal and Sport and Education Development Australia (SEDA), for providing the event venue and support staff.
LSV would also like to acknowledge the following individuals who made the event happen:
- Andy Dennis
- RJ Houston
- Lisa Gates
- Sheila Langley
- Brenda Davies
- David Nankervis
- Mitch James
- Roger Abel
- Dylan Griffiths
- Rich Sorbian
- Brian Happ (City of Greater Geelong)
- Kate Stevens (MSAC)
- Tess Craigie (MSAC)
- Tim Atkins (Laerdal)
- Marcus Stergiopoulos (Evo Sportswear)
- Nick Metcalfe
- And of course all of the competitors!