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GO FREEDIVING RISK ASSESSMENT FOR FREEDIVING TRAINING IN A POOL
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LOCATIONRISKMITIGATIONACTION TAKEN IF OCCURS
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POOL1Hard/sharp edges
Make students aware of surroundings, pointing out dangers.
Assess any injuries. Provide first aid if required.
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Wet floors,varied surfaces, loose pool toys.
Do not allow students to run, point out problem areas (grid/matting to tile).
Remind students on the dangers of running. Assess any injuries. Provide first aid if required.
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Other pool users interfering in proceedings.
Talk to the other users to inform them of your activities, explaining what you will be doing and what it will look like. Asking them to keep a sensible distance.
If they don’t abide by your requests, speak to them again. If that fails speak to the pool owner assuming you have paid for pool use.
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Underwater vents/intakes and other structures.
Speak to students about the dangers of toying with intakes etc. Avoid any loose clothing (wetsuit pull strings etc). Have a cutting tool in your first aid box.
Inform the pool attendant. Attempt rescue if student is caught underwater. Provide first aid if required.
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5Cryptosporidium, E coli etc
Ensure pool is regularly checked by owners and is properly filtered etc.
Will not occur immediately, but may occur several days later. Insurance may be asked for.
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Hitting pool walls underwater and coming up under overhangs (stairs, diving boards).
Show proper techniques for dynamics and statics in a confined area. Highlight the danger.
Assess any injuries. Provide first aid if required.
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7Finishing dynamics in deep water.
Make sure each student has a spotter/buddy to assist at the surface. Keep them close to an edge if possible. Try to plan the dynamic so it finishes in shallow water. Employ the use of torpedo floats so the buddy can hand the diver something to rest on when surfacing.
Allow the buddy to perform rescue if needed. Bring them to the side or shallow water (whatever is nearest).
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8Sunburn if pool outdoor
Keep a supply of suncream to hand and ensure students are all using some.
Get burnt student in to the shade and supply with plenty of water and if possible, aftersun.
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9Equipment failure / wrong equipment
Keep a backup of all items. Make sure at least 2 types of mask are available to the students.
Offer exercises which won't use that item of equipment. Share items between students.
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10Dehydration
Warn of the dangers and signs of dehydration and sunstroke. Keep students well hydrated with a more than adequate supply of fluids. Remind them to bring water prior to the course
Remove the affected diver from the course for the day, or until they have beyond all doubt recovered. Give them their own personal water supply, possibly enriched with hydration salts.
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HF (Hypoxic Fit) / SWB (shallow water blackout)
Explain the signs, symptoms and how to avoid. Ensure students never hold beyond limits. Ensure buddy is capable and trained to rescue.
Rescue from water and revive. Provide O2 if available.
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Purposefully dangerous or obviously irresponsible behaviour from students
Be wary of those who may try to bring attention to themselves through poor behaviour. Talk to students about the dangers they will face and how they must take everything you say seriously and to pay attention at all times.
Anyone causing undue disruption can and will be excluded from the process. All students to sign Go Freediving code of conduct.
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13Stress & Panic
Ensure a relaxed and steady breathe-up. Dont push the students in to doing anything too advanced too quickly. Discuss any fears prior to the dive or breath hold. Keep most nervous students by instructor
Dont let one students fears transfer to others. Keep the others occupied whilst you deal with the situation. Talk to them about the precursor to their panic or stress and deal with it step by step. If possible start the exercises again.
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14Exposure
Ensure all students are adequately protected from the heat and cold. In cold water environments make sure all wetsuits fit well and are thick enough. In warm environments ensure the wetsuits are not too thick, and that they can remove them during long periods out of the water. Inform students of the signs of both, and keep watch yourself.
Cool/warm the victim appropriately. Remove/add clothing. Administer cool fluids/warm fluids.
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15Poor Buoyancy
Make sure each student is weighted correctly. Each student to be assessed individually with a buoyancy check.
Adjust weighting.
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16Equipment being used incorrectly
Make sure each student has been briefed on the correct use of every item they will be using. The must also be taught how to use the items in a confined area such as a pool. Fins for example are very cumbersome in a pool and can be damaged easily.
Demonstrate correct technique again for all students.
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17Hyperventilation
Warn of the dangers of hyperventilation. Get buddy pairs to help each other avoid the process.
Follow the student through the breathing process on a few occasions to ensure they follow the guidelines.
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18Covid - before and after session
All divers will be briefed in advance of the compliance procedures required by the leisure centre before attendance. They will also be briefed in advance of our own additional precautionary measures specific to our activities at the pool. They are required to notify us in advance if they are unwell or any other family member has symptoms of Covid.
If someone has symptoms of Covid then they will not attend a session and contact their GP, following government advice
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19Covid - During Session
All divers will be in possession of their own kit and will not share or exchange kit with other divers. Some divers are already in family bubbles, but will adhere to all rules during the session to reduce concern or panic that may arise from any other pool users. Divers will remain in our designated lane and will not use any area of the pool unless otherwise permitted by the centre staff. Our Diver Resurface Safety Procedure has been adapted to ensure both diver and safety diver will not perform the safety breathing procedure face to face. Instead they will both breathe in opposite directions.
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