Gold Award for Royal Life Saving Pool Lifeguard E-Learning Course

Gold Award for E-Learning Pool Lifeguard Course

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA) has won Gold for Best Blended Learning Model at the LearnX Live Awards 2019 for its new Pool Lifeguard e-learning platform.

This award recognises the impact of a learning project that uses two or more delivery methods.

RLSSA’s e-learning program complements its traditional course materials and face-to-face training with seven interactive modules to test knowledge-based situational learning as well as time-sensitive rapid decision-making.

The platform, created in partnership with Savv-e, a digital learning agency specialising in online learning, was built using Articulate Storyline, and uses interactive features and gamification as well as animations, video and audio. The system is scalable and flexible to allow future development.

Royal Life Saving State and Territory Member Organisations, which run these courses, all contributed to the development of the system, helping to build and design course content.

The aim of the project was to provide highly engaging accessible content that would appeal to a younger generation of learners and a diverse audience, and also prepare those who may have no previous knowledge of lifeguarding. The content includes training on aquatic supervision, risk management, communication and rescue, and aligns with RLSSA’s commitment to the Australian Water Safety Strategy.

The Pool Lifeguard e-learning programme was launched in January 2018 in Western Australia (WA), followed by Australian Capital Territory (ACT), who have issued 700 and 250 awards through the system, respectively. RLSSA hopes to deploy the system across other States and Territories in Australia during 2019.

Shaun Jackson, RLSSA’s National Manager for Training and Workforce Development, commenting on the award, said ‘We’re delighted to receive this award, which is the product of a lot of hard work and great collaboration between Royal Life Saving and Savv-e. This training product engages learners in a variety of ways to prompt critical thinking and practical application of new knowledge, ensuring new lifeguards are highly skilled and work-ready.’