|Title||Fitness requirements for RNLI beach lifeguards operating Rescue Watercraft and Inshore Rescue Boats|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Dr. Reilly, T, Tipton, MJ, Wooler, A, Carter, P, Wallace, S|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Porto, Portugal|
Ã‚ÂIn 2003 the University of Portsmouth recommended fitness tests for RNLI beach lifeguards. These tests did not cover the use of Inshore Rescue Boats (IRB) or Rescue watercraft (RWC). The present project addressed 3 aims:
A questionnaire study of RNLI supervisors and managers (N=10) identified the most demanding physical tasks involved lifting, loading, pulling and launching the IRB and RWC.
The physical demands of these tasks were determined on the beach in Bournemouth and Perranporth, UK. Load cell force dynamometers, as well as mobile data loggers were employed between the BLG and point of contact for the lifting and shifting tasks. Figure 1b shows subjects performing the task of dragging the boat out of the sea with the prop up. The contribution of each subject is represented by each line on Figure 1a. Where the task required two people the contribution of each person was measured. Repeated trials of these tasks were performed by supervisors to ensure the subjects employed the method of best practice. The physical demands were investigated on dry and wet sand.
As potential operators will already be BLG, the tests employ BLG equipment wherever possible and are designed to be carried out on the beach. The resulting physical fitness tests include pulling and lifting the IRB, lifting and holding (for 3 seconds) 25kg containers; and winching the RWC onto the trailer.
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