We recently hired a rookie lifeguard that was fresh out of her training. When I asked how she did in training and where it was, she revealed to me some shocking information. She informed me the location and where,(lets keep that information a secret for now), and that the class was only two days long. "WHAT?" I replied, "two days???"
As I recall, most lifeguard courses are no shorter than 24 hours of training. ARC is, from I can rememeber now, 31 hours. Now those of us that are instructors have done the shortened versions but have never cut more than 3 or 4 hours out of the course.
The entire class she took was no more than 15 hours. One day they watched videos and the next, they did senarios. She even told me they didnt take a written test. She couldnt even remember the instructors name or a way to get in contact with him.
We brought her into a regular staff inservice and to my surprise, she was excellent at her rescue and CPR skills. But she had also been a swimmer and was enrolled in EMT courses.
I feel that as an operator that usually hires staff that was trained at another facility, I should be very concered about the quality of training my new hires have.
So here is the question.
Should I approach the ARC chapter that this instructor is under and inform them of this issue?