INSTRUCTOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE SKILLS (IERS)
2 hours (class)
Definition: Items that are taught, practiced, and evaluated to ensure the WSI candidates can respond in an
1. Successfully demonstrate performance criteria on the required IER skills (WSIT Manual, Appendix F3).
-Demonstrates the performance criteria for the Instructor Response Skills.
Activity: IER Experiences
Materials: Pen, Paper,
Time (wet): 40 minutes
Activity: Give candidates 10 minutes to get into groups of at least three and come up with an IER experience they have had within the last couple of years, one per person. Have them present what happened and what action they took and what they would do differently the next time. Have the class input there comments and discuss how to reduce or prevent this situation from happening again. Use these examples as the base for the pool scenarios. Have them answers the following questions.
What was the scenario?
How was it dealt with?
Was there anything you would have done differently?
Activity: Suggested Sample Instructional Emergency Response Scenarios
Materials: Have cue cards with the following scenarios written on them
Time (wet): 80 minutes
Activity: Role Playing. Assign roles of instructor, candidates and parents,etc. After each presentation Discuss and evaluate the performance. What if anything could have been done differently? Have the class pick up the discussion.
1. Assign roles of instructor, candidates, parents, etc.
2. Act out roles as described in the situations.
3. Discuss and evaluate performance.
Instructor #1 Teach surface support to a Red Cross Swim Kids 4 class.
Group #1 You are a Red Cross Swim Kids 4 class. One of you gets a mouthful of water,
panics and grabs the person next to you.
Instructor #2 Teach shallow dive to a Red Cross Swim Kids 8 class.
Group #2 You are a Red Cross Swim Kids 8 class. One of you gets a cramp in your calf.
Instructor #3 Teach foot first surface dives to a Red Cross Swim Kids 10 class.
Group #3 You are a Red Cross Swim Kids 10 class. One of you simulates a
Instructor #4 Teach front and side rolls to a Red Cross Swim Kids 5 class.
Group #4 You are a Red Cross Swim Kids 5 class. One of you has mastered movement
underwater and is swimming quickly toward one wall. You hit the wall and your
nose starts to bleed.
Instructor #5 Teach front stride dive to a Red Cross Swim Kids 6 class.
Group #5 You are a Red Cross Swim Kids 6 class. One of you will dislocate your shoulder
Instructor #6 Teach submersion to a Red Cross Swim Basics (Adult) class.
Group #6 You are a Red Cross Swim Basics (Adult) class. One of you swallows your gum
while submerging and starts to choke.
Instructor #7 Teach stride entry to a Red Cross Swim Kids 7 class.
Group #7 You are a Red Cross Swim Kids 7 class. After a couple of entries, one of you will
twist an ankle while doing a stride entry.
Instructor #8 Your Red Cross Swim Kids 10 class is swimming the 500m endurance swim.
Candidates are in a single loop formation.
Group #8 You are swimming your 500m distance swim, and one swimmer
hyperventilates and goes unconscious, non-breathing.
Instructor #9 You are reviewing Red Cross Swim Kids 5 dolphin dives (in preparation
for kneeling dives) in the shallow end.
Group #9 You are reviewing dolphin dives. One swimmer dives too deep and hits head.
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