Two lifeguards from the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre will today be presented with Everyday Lifesaver Awards.
Sarah Roberts and Justin Matheson, both aged 21, were on duty at GESAC on March 8 this year, when a 66-year-old woman fell ill following an aqua class.
Helen Gardiner complained of feeling light headed and shortly after collapsed.
Sarah and Justin placed Helen into the recovery position and when she stopped breathing, they commenced CPR.
Following instructions from a medical professional on the phone, the lifeguards performed compressions and when Helen regained consciousness, they monitored her until emergency responders arrived.
Helen was transported to hospital for further treatment and has since recovered.
Sarah said she was thankful she was able to help Helen.
“We were just doing our job and performed to the best of our ability on the day,’’ Sarah said.
Justin said they worked well as a team.
“I’m just glad Helen is ok and it’s good to think we helped her and prolonged her life,’’ Justin said.
Life Saving Victoria Commercial Service Delivery Manager Andy Dennis commended Sarah and Justin’s actions.
“Providing first aid quickly, before emergency responders arrive, can make the difference between life and death,’’ Mr Dennis said.
“Resuscitation is all about early access, early CRP and early defibrillation. Being able to provide this treatment before paramedics arrive can increase chances of survival significantly.
“Our pool lifeguards know this, are trained for this and as a result, save lives.’’
Life Saving Victoria encourages all Victorians to become Everyday Lifesavers by doing training in first aid and CPR.