If you missed it be sure to read about my Welcome to Recreation Class and my first day of the Lifeguard class.
|The aftermath of baby CPR practice|
After the water portion it was lunch time and when we came back, there was more baby CPR to learn as well as a crash course in First Aid. Then we were sent home for the day.
|Don't worry! We're lifeguards!|
Day 3/Test Out Day
|Disney Lifeguard Logo. Cute, right?|
We did the Lifeguard Written Test and the CPR Test at the same time. Our instructors asked for volunteers and after a slight hesitation, my roommate's hand and mine shot up into the air. Completely unplanned, but we ended up doing our test outs side by side with the same instructor. Everyone was seated on one side of the room with their tests, while on the other end of the room 4 people were doing their CPR test outs at once. It was really difficult to focus on your individual situation and not get distracted by what everyone else was doing. I'm not sure if they just do this for efficiency or to test your skills under more pressure.
I successfully passed my CPR test out! What a relief. I did forget to call 911 in one scenario, which made me really confused because I knew I'd missed a step and that in turn made me forget other things. But in the middle of my scenario, I realized it and then corrected it. They make it clear that if you forget to do something, but you correct it during, they pretend you never missed it, so thankfully I fixed that!
The written test was a breeze after the CPR. It did take me a while just because I was trying to tune out CPR situations. I had to cover one ear, look at the other wall, and read each question quietly to myself. It worked! I ended up getting a perfect score on the test!
After CPR and written tests were complete, we were free for lunch. My roommate and I got Panera and brought it back to the classroom. We did not want to chance going this far and then failing the class for something dumb, like being late. Once everyone else returned and got into their swimsuits, we began the Team Test Outs, the test for which I was really, truly scared out of my wits.
My team was Team 1 so we went first. And we failed out situation. So did Team 2. Team 3 actually passed their situation the first time. Their situation was arguably easier than ours, but we both had a chance to redeem ourselves, and we both passed!
Our situations were kind of a blur, but let me see if I can rehash the first one at least. We had 4 guards, so we each scanned in and covered one part of the pool. A guest in distress appeared in the deep end. One of us had to jump in and rescue her. She was active drowning, and I think required an extra lifeguard to jump in. Meanwhile on my side of the pool, I was continuing to scan but I was really distracted by the deep end, since I figured the victim would go passive.
Wrong!---don't make this mistake. I ended up getting VATed. It was in shared water with another guard, so I'm trying not to feel too ashamed about missing it, but still it took me more than 10 seconds, which is unacceptable. I whistle and go in and retrieve the VAT, which turns into a passive victim. So I began the second part of our scenario by checking for consciousness and then calling for help. We got him out and began rescue breathing then CPR, when he had no pulse. There were many mistakes besides mine throughout the bunch, like incorrect hand placement for CPR, so we failed and had to retake.
On our retake we saved our victims like champions, so we passed with flying colors!
But really test out day was an amazingly stressful time. I was able to keep good spirits and confidence throughout most of the morning. Even during our first lifeguard test, but failing the first time killed my spirits. Literally killed them. But going through the class made me all the more excited to have passed because I can see how some people do not!
I am so proud that I passed!! And so did my roommate!