Updated: 26th June 2020 - In light of ongoing requirements by the Government in relation with Covid-19, and leisure centres being unable to open until advised, we have had to continue suspension of our planned Lifeguard Courses until late July 2020 at the earliest. We will keep this date under constant review and things can and do change suddenly. Depending how the situation develops, on site training for individuals and/or staff may still be possible so feel free to contact us if required. Please note we are still offering business as usual on bookings for courses being held from 27th July onwards at present. Any bookings currently made will be payable only when confirmation that the course can proceed. Transfers to later courses are possible. Additional courses to cope with backdated demand will be set up when leisure centres re-open. Feel free to make bookings and we will invoice you when we can confirm the course will take place. All bookings are handled on a first come first serve basis.
First Class First Aid take the Health & Safety of our course attendees very seriously and review our high standards on a regular basis. We have produced the following information to reassure all attendees that we take the COVID-19 infection outbreak very seriously while also highlighting the measures we have in place in order to maintain the continued safety and welfare for all of our participants who train with us.
For the continued safety of all of our customers and trainers alike, and to prevent any potential COVID-19 infection, we have implemented strict training practices, policies and processes. This covers the preparation and delivery of all of our training sessions. This includes but may not be limited to the following:
On booking, we will send you clear information and advice entitled "Managing The Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) For Course Participants"
Clear information will be displayed prior to and in the training area in regard to COVID-19. This includes the processes and behaviour required of all participants on arrival and during our training. This is in line with your joint responsibility and our Duty of Care.
Participants showing any signs of infection on arrival, or during the course that we feel may pose a danger, may be withdrawn from the training and a free course transfer will be offered.
You will be required to watch 2 short videos regarding the COVID-19 infection and hand washing technique prior to commencement of the course.
All of our manikins and training equipment are disinfected with Trionic/Alcohol wipes (70%) prior to each training session in line with the very latest HSE & Resuscitation Council UK Guidance.
- All working surfaces are disinfected prior to arrival. Course delegates are required to wash thier hands with soap and warm water prior to entering the training room. They are reminded to use our sanitisers, alcohol wipes, and tissues if needed on a regular basis. Should a course participant break the hygiene protocol then they will politely be requested to wash their hands and disinfect appropriately. We will also do our very best to set up the training room to encourage social distancing between students as much as possible. This may mean removal of furniture if required.
Our requirements, which reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 infection, are informed directly by NHS England, The World Health Organisation (WHO), The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other professional training organisations. These are monitored daily and are reviewed and updated when required.
"A Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, Coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. It is thought that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread in small droplets through coughing or sneezing".
As we now know, out of the 66 million people in the UK, many have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and thousands have sadly passed away. The general feeling is that the virus will continue for the weeks ahead as this becomes more widespread. Our approach below will be reviewed as the situation in the UK develops and as information is updated by relevant authorities. As hard as it is, in these extreme times, we feel the most important thing is to put our country before our business. WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILTY TO DO OUR BIT in order to send this virus packing as soon as possible, reduce deaths for all concerned and the timescale that we are all affected.
Information to read before attending. Managing the Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Course Participants.
If you are showing symptoms typical of Flu, Cough or Cold or have been in close contact with somebody who has had or has good reason to believe they may have had the COVID-19 infection, then the person concerned should self-exclude form the course. In these circumstances there will be no cancellation charge and you will be offered a mutually convenient/alternative date to rebook when you are clear of any suspected virus.
If you have recently travelled to a country that is classed by the government to be of high risk of the COVID-19 infection or you or a member in your household is suffering from the virus you should self-exclude from the course. In these circumstances there will be no cancellation charge and once again a mutually convenient/alternative date can be arranged when safe to do so.
If you exhibit any suspicious symptoms on arrival, or during the training, the course instructor's decision is final on whether to isolate you from the course. There will be no cancellation charge applicable and a mutually convenient time can be arranged to continue when safe to do so.
As a safeguard, all students are politely requested to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds in the restrooms provided prior to attendance on the course and frequently between activities when instructed to do so.
Alcohol wipes/hand gels/hand soap and tissues are also provided in the training room for your comfort, health and reassurance while you are with us on our training. We reserve the right to provide face masks that you may have to wear and record your temperature if we consider appropriate. According to WHO, washing with warm soapy water is the most effective method of hand sanitising.
- Please comply our social distancing rules whenever possible during the course and its activities wherever possible.
- If you notice symptoms within 14 days of your attendance on our course or you recieve a positive diagnosis for a COVID-19 infection during this time scale, please report this to us immediately on 01202 245709.
Managing the Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Course Organisers.
For your information, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided the following guidance in connection with the current proportionate level of infection control when training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) using manikins for which First Class First Aid comply with as follows:
Replacement and disposal of lungs and airways in all manikins after each training session.
Wiping the face of the manikin with disinfectant (70% Alcohol) wipes after each and in between students. Participants may use individual face shields if they so wish which should be disposed of safely at the end of the session.
- Washing manikin faces with an appropriate disinfectant solution (Trionic scrubbing) after completion of each training session.
Ray & Tracy Venner.
Managing Directors - First Class First Aid Training Partnership