How To Give CPR to a Drowning Victim


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an essential step in saving the life of a drowning victim. At B & C Aquatics, our instructors are experienced in teaching Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Star, Medallion and Cross certification levels and Red Cross Swim levels. Being trained in CPR and Standard First Aid is not only essential in a pool setting, but also in many other aspects of one’s life as well. Here are the 6 Steps you need to know to perform CPR on a person:

Six Steps of CPR:

1. Examine the environment and person. Before starting CPR make sure the scene is safe and tap on the persons shoulder and shout “Are you OK?”

2. Call 911 if it is evident that the person needs help. This can be done either by you, the rescuer or a bystander. While calling ask for a bystander to grab an AED if available.

3. Check the victim’s ABCs:

Airway – tilt the head and lift the chin to open the airway.
Breathing – listen for no more than 10 seconds of breathing.
Circulation – if the person is not breathing start chest compressions and rescue breaths.

4. Place your hands one on top of the other pushing hard into the middle of the chest giving 30 chest compressions (2 inches deep at a rate of 100 compressions per minute).

5. Administer rescue breaths. With head tilted back and chin lifted pinch nose and place your mouth over persons mouth to make a seal. Blow into the persons mouth to make the chest rise. Once two rescue breaths have been delivered continue with compression.

6. Continue CPR steps, preforming 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until the victim exhibits signs of life such as breathing. If they have not started breathing and if an AED is available for use, then turn the device on and start with the steps provided. Wait for EMS to arrive if there is no change in their condition.

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It is very important to know how to help someone who has lost consciousness. Our certification program will teach you all you need to know about CPR and how to effectively perform it when needed to save a life. Contact B&C Aquatics today at 905.420.4141 for more information about our certification programs and how to enroll in one.