Case Study: Blended Learning Approach in Pool Lifeguard Training

Shaun David Jackson

Abstract


The Pool Lifeguard Skill Set (SISSS00111), recognised across Australia, is targeted at those that wish to be professionally certified as a Pool Lifeguard in Australia. Incorporating risk management, supervision, communication, aquatic rescue and emergency care training, the audience covers a broad demographic in city and regional locations. The course has traditionally been taught through pre-course workbooks, reference to a manual, and face-to-face training sessions. While this traditional approach has been effective, Royal Life Saving wished to offer a more engaging and memorable pre-course delivery method.  The goal was to enable students to arrive at the face-to-face training with a stronger, more embedded knowledge of key concepts and principles and allow for more face-to-face training time to be devoted to becoming proficient in the role’s important practical skills, such as aquatic rescue, first aid and advanced CPR.  Hence, a project to develop an e-learning blended delivery solution was undertaken.  The intention was that the online component of the course be completed prior to the face-to-face training and that it should augment the lifeguarding manual.  It was also important that it is highly learner-centred, requiring learners to interact with the screens in order to access the key content and that it is a visually pleasing product with a quality aesthetic design.

Keywords


blended learning; e-learning; elearning

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