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Did you know that by law, every swimming pool, beach and water area that is open to the public, must have a lifeguard on duty holding a license that is approved by either the Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) for Dubai or The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (ADQCC) for Abu Dhabi.

Blueguard delivers Lifeguard training courses in Water Safety & First Aid for the lifeguards in the UAE. Undergoing the correct Lifeguard Certificate & Training will enable the lifeguard to prevent water-related risks and injuries across indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hotels, residential and community pools, public beaches, private resorts, schools as well as in your own home.

Blueguard provides additional lifeguard support and conducts risk management and auditing programs for swimming pools, waterfronts and beaches of luxury hotels and resorts. We provide consultancy services for companies during the recruitment process of their lifeguards.

The continual training of lifeguards within the UAE is vital to their development and public safety. We further support our lifeguards with an online e-learning platform, which will continually refresh and test their skills during the two years leading up to their license renewal.

How to Get a Lifeguard Certificate in Dubai?

To get a lifeguard certificate in Dubai you must complete a course run by an approved lifeguard training centre and then you must pass an EIAC exam.

Is lifeguard Training Hard?

Lifeguard training is both physically and mentally demanding. You must feel comfortable in the water and be able to swim 100meter without stopping.

Can Lifeguards Wear Goggles?

During the assessment, Lifeguards can not wear goggles. On duty, they can and they must be accessible during the rescue.

Can Anyone Become a Lifeguard?

Yes, as long as you are strong and comfortable in the water and pass the lifeguard training pre-requisites.

How to Become a Beach Lifeguard?

You must complete a 5-day beach lifeguard course and be able to swim 200m without stopping.

Does Every Pool in Dubai Need a Lifeguard?

Yes, as per Dubai Municipality Health and Safety Department – Public Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines (DM-PH&SD-GU81-PSPS2) it is a legal requirement to have a lifeguard in every pool.

Can You Become a Certified Lifeguard Online?

No, there are a number of practical skills you must learn to become a certified lifeguard.

How Long is the Lifeguard Certification Valid for?

The Lifeguard Certification in Dubai is valid for 2 years as per Dubai Municipality Health and Safety Department.

What are the Minimum Lifeguard Candidate Training Requirements?

The lifeguard training course will consist of the below:

1.  Practical pool rescue skills

  • Personal safety during a rescue
  • Casualty recognition and poolside rescues using a variety of rescue equipment
  • In-water rescues and tows of conscious and unconscious casualties
  • Recovery, extraction and treatment of a drowned casualty. Includes the safe use of oxygen
  • Recognition and treatment of a casualty who has sustained a suspected spinal cord injury. Includes the use of a spine board

2. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid

  • Dealing with an adult sudden collapse (heart attack). Includes the safe use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Child and baby CPR
  • Effective treatment of a casualty who is choking
  • Treating a casualty who has suffered a major bleed, correct bandaging techniques and treatment for shock
  • Dealing with injuries to bones (fractures and dislocations)

3. Lifeguard Knowledge

  • Candidates will learn how to identify common pool hazards
  • They will learn how to observe and supervise a swimming pool effectively
  • The will learn about the role of the lifeguard in preventing accidents and keeping pool users safe
  • Incident management: candidates will learn how to manage an emergency effectively. They will learn the importance of teamwork when dealing with a potentially life-threatening situation at the swimming pool

What are the Physical Prerequisites for the Lifeguard Training Course?

As per the Dubai Lifeguard Scheme Requirements:

1. Swim continuously in a strong manner for:

  • 50m nonstop in a comfortable manner, for Shallow Water Lifeguards in under 1.5m depth.
  • 100m nonstop in a comfortable manner for a Pool Lifeguard in over 1.5m depth
  • 200m nonstop in a comfortable manner for a Beach/Waterfront Lifeguard.

2. Perform a surface dive and recover a 4 kg weight at a depth of:

  • 1.5m for a Shallow Water Lifeguard, where shallow water means that the
    depth is a maximum of 1.5m.
  • 3m, or to the deepest depth of the facility in which they will be lifeguarding for a Pool Lifeguard, where Pools means that the depth is more than 1.5m
  • 5m for Beach/Waterfront Lifeguard.

3. Tread water for at least:

  • 5 minutes for Pool lifeguards;
  • 10 minutes for Beach lifeguards.

Already Certified in CPR. Do I Still Need to Do the Lifeguard Certification Training to Become a Lifeguard?

Yes, First Aid is a very important part of being a lifeguard and it is covered in the exam even if you have a previous license.

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Training and Certification of Lifeguards and First Aiders are the core services offered and courses can be customized to meet any workplace environment. Trainings can be delivered according to your company’s.

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