Medical conditions should not normally prevent a person from participating in lifesaving or lifeguarding activities.

Some typical medical conditions someone may disclose are:

  •  Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Mental Illnesses
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Neurodiversity 

Where someone has disclosed a medical condition there should be a discussion with them to identify how the condition may impact their performance within their role or by participating in a programme. 

The person's condition may be under control and poses no risk with them participating in an activity or role. However, everyone’s condition is unique. 

Where there are safety concerns over a person’s medical condition having an impact on their participation, the person in question should speak with their GP before taking part. The best interests of the participant should be put first before the lifesaving/lifeguarding activity.

Reasonable adjustments may be required to help support a participant in completing a training programme and/or an assessment. More information on this can be found within the Reasonable Adjustment and Special Consideration Policy located here.

Where employers have concerns over a lifeguard’s medical condition having an impact on their safety and role, they should seek advice from their HR department and follow their own processes.