Horizon Leisure Centre lifeguard Harry Arnold has saved a customer’s life while working his second part-time job at the Harvester Restaurant in Rowlands Castle. Harry noticed a customer struggling to swallow and immediately leapt into action applying his first aid skills to save the day.
Harry’s comprehensive first aid training, alongside his lifeguard qualifications gave him the confidence to perform the ‘Heimlich’ manoeuvre – a technique known to dislodge obstacles, most commonly food stuck in the throat.
Horizon has commented ‘It is great to see that the talents he has developed through his training at the leisure centre in Havant and his quick thinking has saved someone’s life. Important skills such as first aid are transferable throughout different scenarios and not just in lifeguarding situations.’
Harry’s brave response has made the Portsmouth News with the headline “Heroic Harry puts first aid skills to lifesaving use in restaurant’’.
Horizon Leisure Centres runs training courses throughout the year for anybody interested in becoming a lifeguard. The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course, which takes one intensive week, prepares lifeguards in the practical and lifesaving skills that can be applied throughout the leisure industry and many other environments. The course covers pool supervision and intervention, pool rescues skill, first aid, CPR including the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). For more information please visit: http://www.horizonlc.com/more-at-horizon-leisure-centres/national-pool-lifeguard-qualification-nplq/