Lifeguard Practice Test

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Ready to take the Lifeguard practice test? Red Cross was established as an oath to protect human life and health, alleviate human suffering around the globe, and ensure respect for all human beings. Well, Red Cross has almost around 17 million volunteers worldwide. But being a volunteer takes a mandatory certification exam, which ensures if you are ready to respond in emergencies or not. So, here we have got you a Lifeguard practice test to help you prepare for the exam.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    When should you call 911:

    • A.

      The person has a runny nose

    • B.

      The person has a stomachache

    • C.

      The person has an earache

    • D.

      The person has trouble breathing

    Correct Answer
    D. The person has trouble breathing
    Explanation
    You should call 911 when the person has trouble breathing because this could be a sign of a serious medical emergency, such as a heart attack or a respiratory problem. Difficulty breathing can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

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  • 2. 

    How should you check a conscious person?

    • A.

      Get consent to give

    • B.

      Ask questions

    • C.

      Do not touch or move painful, injured areas on the body

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    To check a conscious person, it is important to first obtain their consent before providing any assistance. Asking questions helps gather information about their condition and any potential injuries. It is crucial to avoid touching or moving painful or injured areas on their body to prevent further harm. Therefore, the correct approach is to follow all of the above steps when checking a conscious person.

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  • 3. 

    The best way to check if a person is unconscious is to:

    • A.

      Lift the person up

    • B.

      Give the person CPR

    • C.

      Tap the person and shout, "Are you ok?"

    • D.

      Look, listen, and try to feel for signs of breathing.

    Correct Answer
    C. Tap the person and shout, "Are you ok?"
    Explanation
    To check if a person is unconscious, tapping the person and shouting, "Are you ok?" is the best way. This method is used to assess the person's responsiveness. If the person does not respond to the tap and shout, it indicates that they are unconscious. This is a quick and simple way to determine if further medical assistance is needed.

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  • 4. 

    You see a woman collapse in front of you while entering the lobby of your building. You check the scene and then the victim for consciousness, but she does not respond. What should you do next?

    • A.

      Call 911

    • B.

      Check for signs of life

    • C.

      Drive the person to the hospital

    • D.

      Give two rescue breaths

    Correct Answer
    A. Call 911
    Explanation
    In this situation, the most appropriate action to take is to call 911. This is because the woman has collapsed and is unresponsive, indicating a medical emergency. By calling 911, emergency medical services can be dispatched to provide professional medical assistance as quickly as possible. Checking for signs of life or giving rescue breaths may be necessary if the person is not breathing or does not have a pulse, but the first step should always be to call for professional help. Driving the person to the hospital may not be the best option as it could delay necessary medical care.

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  • 5. 

    Always check for signs of life for no more-

    • A.

      2 seconds

    • B.

      5 seconds

    • C.

      9 seconds

    • D.

      10 seconds

    Correct Answer
    D. 10 seconds
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 10 seconds because it is the longest amount of time listed. When checking for signs of life, it is important to observe for an adequate amount of time to ensure accuracy. A shorter duration may not provide enough time to detect subtle signs of life, while a longer duration allows for a more thorough assessment.

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  • 6. 

    About how often should you stop and check for breathing and a pulse when performing rescue breathing on an infant?

    • A.

      Every 2 minutes or about 40 breaths

    • B.

      First minutes, then every 30 seconds afterward

    • C.

      After every minute

    • D.

      After the first minute, then not again until EMS arrives

    Correct Answer
    A. Every 2 minutes or about 40 breaths
    Explanation
    When performing rescue breathing on an infant, it is important to stop and check for breathing and a pulse every 2 minutes or about 40 breaths. This is necessary to ensure that the infant's airway remains open and that they are receiving adequate oxygen. Regularly checking for breathing and a pulse allows for early detection of any changes in the infant's condition and enables prompt intervention if necessary.

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  • 7. 

    The steps to follow in an emergency are:

    • A.

      Call-check-secure

    • B.

      Check-call-CPR

    • C.

      Check-call-care

    • D.

      Care-call-check

    Correct Answer
    C. Check-call-care
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "check-call-care." This sequence of steps makes sense in an emergency situation. First, you need to check the situation and assess the immediate danger or injuries. Then, you should call for help or emergency services to ensure that assistance is on the way. Finally, you should provide necessary care or first aid to the person in need until professional help arrives. This order of actions prioritizes the safety and well-being of the individual involved.

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  • 8. 

    If a person is suffering from pain or discomfort in the chest that lasts more than 3-5 minutes or that goes away and comes back, this person is most likely having:

    • A.

      A heat-related emergency

    • B.

      A cold-related emergency

    • C.

      A heart attack

    • D.

      A seizure

    Correct Answer
    C. A heart attack
    Explanation
    If a person is experiencing pain or discomfort in the chest that lasts for more than 3-5 minutes or that goes away and comes back, the most likely explanation is a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, usually due to a blood clot. This can cause chest pain or discomfort that may radiate to the arm, jaw, or back. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, and lightheadedness. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if someone is experiencing these symptoms, as a heart attack can be life-threatening.

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  • 9. 

    About how many cycles of CPR should you perform on an adult in two minutes?

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      4

    • C.

      5

    • D.

      1

    Correct Answer
    C. 5
    Explanation
    In CPR, it is recommended to perform 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths. This cycle should be repeated continuously until medical help arrives or the person shows signs of recovery. In two minutes, it is ideal to complete at least 5 cycles of CPR, which would involve 150 chest compressions and 10 rescue breaths. This ensures adequate circulation and oxygenation to the person's body, increasing their chances of survival.

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  • 10. 

    During an active drowning situation, what is the first step a lifeguard should take according to the standard rescue protocol?

    • A.

      Enter the water and perform an underwater search.

    • B.

      Signal to other lifeguards and activate the emergency action plan.

    • C.

      Attempt a rescue from the deck using a reaching or throwing aid.

    • D.

      Immediately call for backup before taking any action.

    Correct Answer
    C. Attempt a rescue from the deck using a reaching or throwing aid.
    Explanation
    In an active drowning situation, a lifeguard's initial step is to attempt a rescue from the deck by using a reaching or throwing aid. This method is preferred as it's the quickest way to assist while minimizing risk. Entering the water is considered more dangerous and is typically a subsequent step if initial efforts fail.

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