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American Red Cross Lifeguard VR Training

Multi-Scenario Customized Simulation in Virtual Environment to Save Lives

In the USA, more children ages 1–4 die from drowning than any other cause of death. For children ages 5–14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle crashes*. To address this immense challenge, the American Red Cross focuses its efforts on providing knowledge and skills to help prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies.

The American Red Cross project solves the challenge of improving the effectiveness of lifeguard and water safety certification for the over 54,000 lifeguards employed across the United States. The current program certifies thousands annually but doesn’t provide the variability and repetition of simulation to ensure lifeguards are able to rapidly identify and respond to dangerous drowning incidents. Providing additional opportunities to reinforce core concepts, and environmental variability hones critical skills and ensures better preparedness and safety for the nation’s swimmers. When developing this project, Lucid Reality Labs kept these challenges top of mind, developing a solution to support both instructor-led and self-driven training and skills assessments – all built upon a platform designed for maximum scalability. High-quality visual fidelity and modeling to accurately simulate the variability of light, movement, and distortions created by unique water environments was a core requirement, along with ease of use and accessibility across headset options. Finally, the platform supports on-demand access to learner dashboards, custom assignments, progress, and performance analytics to support managing thousands of learners and instructors.

High-Fidelity Environment with Hyper-Realistic Avatars and Scientific Approach to Underwater Locomotion

The digitally recreated collection of real-world water environments with indoor and outdoor options reflects the real-life experience with lights, shadows, and sounds.

The hyper-realistic avatars were developed using the motion capture system with perfect mapping of the human body, its movements, and behavior patterns while.

The Scalability, Multi-Product, and Multi-Player Application of the Project

The VR solution introduces a transformative approach to lifeguard training, ensuring scalability in a field where access to swimming pools and coaches is often limited. By leveraging this technology, hundreds and even thousands of trainees can now be trained simultaneously.

Collaborating closely with Red Cross aquatic experts, the training scenarios have been meticulously designed to offer a science-backed, interactive solution that addresses a critical gap in the lifeguarding industry. This includes honing cognitive skills like surveillance and visual scanning for timely identification of drowning individuals.

In a profession where seconds count, a lifeguard’s swift recognition and response can be the ultimate factor between life and death. VR training empowers lifeguards to practice these critical skills in a diverse range of immersive environments, replicating real-life scenarios. By seamlessly integrating with traditional learning methods, Lifeguard VR significantly enhances surveillance and recognition abilities, making it an engaging and easily accessible training tool.

Content Management System to Determine Individual Goals

The tailored content management system empowers trainees with a personalized experience, ensuring that they receive training aligned with their skill level. This individualized approach not only enhances the learning experience but also makes this solution efficient and effective for each specific trainee. The performance scores not only offer a metric for improvement but also foster healthy competition, enhancing engagement, especially among the dynamic young lifeguard demographic.

Unified Data Dashboard for Individual Result & Progress Tracking

By collecting and organizing the user’s data in the admin panel, the accessible dashboard panel serves as a tool for instructors and training administrators, enabling a comprehensive overview of each participant’s strengths and areas for development. This data-driven approach, including eye-tracking capabilities, equips aquatic managers with invaluable insights to make informed decisions, ultimately elevating the standard of training excellence to its highest potential. The system’s adaptability and focus on individualized progress tracking reinforce its commitment to delivering an effective and impactful lifeguard training experience.

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