PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF TRAINEES FOR WATER RESCUERS. COMPARISON AND ANALYSIS OF 2020 AND 2021 RESULTS
Rositsa Ml. Nedeva
ABSTRACT: The profession of a water rescuer is characterized by a high degree of responsibility and risk. Water lifeguards need to have high stress resistance, equanimity, high frustration threshold and self-control. The influence of the environment (wind, high temperatures) and at the same time communication with people on the beach require high situational alertness, concentration, good communication skills and the ability to react quickly and adequately in different types of conflict and risk situations. Tracking and comparing the results obtained in this study of the personality characteristics of water lifeguards will contribute in the long term to the derivation of a personal psychological profile of the water lifeguard, and in the short term will contribute to confirm the adequacy of the methodologies used for self-assessment and the impact of events in global perspective on the personality. Comparing and analyzing the results of the trainees for water rescuers in 2020 and 2021 shows that the psychological methodologies used to assess psychological states and stress resilience meet the objectives of the study and show dynamics in the average values obtained by the trainees in 2020 and 2021, which can be explained by the global Covid - 19 pandemic and its impact on society and the specific individual.
Keywords: water rescuers, personality characteristics, stress resilience, dynamics of results