This sample lesson plan is based on worksheet #8 ("Water rescue").
- Use the worksheet as a guide to identifying specific learning outcomes.
- Take students to a river — or bring the river to them … in the form of images (e.g. slides, power point, blackboard, expansive hand gestures, etc.).
- As a group, identify as many hazards to river users as you can. In each case, make the link between the hazard & the potential injury. Ask students how these hazards might vary according to varying weather conditions (e.g. flooding).
- Ask students to rank the hazards in terms of the most probable cause of injury.
- Ask students to rank the injuries from least serious to most serious.
- Ask students to demonstrate the international distress signal, & explain when it is appropriate/important to use it.
- Discuss the way in which alcohol consumption & other risk-taking behaviour increase risk in outdoor (& especially aquatic) environments.
- Discuss the effects of environmental factors such as water temperature, windchill & solar radiation.
- Show students several different forms of flotation (e.g. PFD, wetsuit, eskie, etc.) & elicit other examples.
- Set up or simply describe a rescue scenario where a conscious breathing person is likely to require an ambulance (e.g. in the case of a suspected fracture). Ask volunteers from within the class to outline a possible rescue sequence.
- Quiz students about proper procedure for making an emergency telephone call.
- Discuss the importance of rescuers not endangering themselves, & discuss ways in which the injured person might be removed from the water without the rescuer immediately jumping in. (Use the Royal Lifesaving Society’s rescue sequence as a guide.)
- Discuss ways to minimise risk during aquatic-based recreational activities in terms of remembering simple safety rules. (For example, never swim while under the influence of alcohol.)
- Ask students to complete worksheet #4 in class or at home.
- Correct answers in class.