A lifeguard’s primary responsibility, always, is to swimmers—keeping close watch that no one is in danger of drowning, and acting quickly if someone appears to be.
But swimmers at risk aren’t the only emergency likely to confront a lifeguard. Especially in pools and at waterparks where children of all ages are at close play, accidents and injuries are bound to happen.
So training in basic first aid is essential, and, until professional help arrives, lifeguards may be called upon to splint a broken bone, stanch bleeding from a deep cut, or even assist a person suffering a heart attack.
More likely than not, they’ll also come across someone with a bloody nose.
That’s because nosebleeds are common, especially in young children and after even minor trauma to the face, as can happen in a bad belly flop off a high diving board. The nose is rich in small blood vessels that, if burst, flow in a trickle to a gush of blood. However unnerving a nosebleed may be to witness, it is, in almost all most instances, easily treatable.