Inservice Training

  • Careful Approach: The underwater approach to the victim is just as important as the surface approach when dealing with a victim of a possible head, neck and back injury. Have your lifeguards practice bringing the victim to the surface; too often this part of the sequence is rushed over. If your agency allows the use of a C-collar, make sure the lifeguards practice in-water application.

    Back Talk

    Putting spinal management drills into digestible components

     
  • Running in Water

    Zero-depth entry pools provide unique challenges for lifeguards

     
  • Best of Aquatics 2014: Training

    Emergency enactments involving players throughout the city help build confidence

     
  • Expect the Unexpected

    When dealing with unhappy clients, an aquatics director learns that a little communication can go a long way in finding solutions.

     
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    Defusing the Situation

    A lifeguard’s role on the pool deck is multifaceted.

     
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    True to Life

    Well-trained lifeguards will quickly get bored with participating in the same old, tired scenarios that lifeguard instructors often rely on to confirm skills.

     
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    Back to Basics

    As we move closer to summer, it’s time to energize the winter staff and get them working as a well-oiled lifeguarding machine.

     
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    On the Hook

    Health, happiness, money, peace of mind — which would you be willing to give up for the rest of your life? Most of us would respond “none of the above

     
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    Compatibility Issues

    I’ve always advocated the need for aquatics facilities to collaborate and coordinate lifeguard and water rescue training and emergency operations with community fire, rescue, emergency medical services (EMS) and law enforcement agencies.

     
  • Honoring Aquatics Innovators: Training Lifeguards

    Pete DeQuincy is a motivator.

     
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    Fun Factor

    Welcome to the mid-season hump.

     
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    Let’s Get Physical

    Do your guards have the physical competencies needed to save lives? Incorporate these in-service training ideas and you’ll always know the answer

     
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    Emergency Training

    CPR training is an essential component of any comprehensive lifeguard training program. However, even with quality comprehensive initial training, research indicates that CPR skills decline quickly

     
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    Drill, Baby, Dril

    Winter is an excellent season to polish lifeguarding skills and to brush up on some of the more challenging aspects of the job.

     
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    Lifeguarding | The Lifeguard Handbook

    One of the most important ways to communicate your policies to your lifeguards is via a comprehensive staff manual.

     
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    Watching for Trouble

    We practice real-life simulation trainings at all of our in-service sessions.

     
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    The Power of the Secondary Lifeguard

    My boss once referred me to a quote from Aristotle,“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and one could say that a lifeguard team is based on this wisdom.

     
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    Watch the Watchers

    Because a drowning can happen quickly, training lifeguards to be vigilant at all times while on duty is crucial to their success.

     
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    Lifeguards Must Act Correctly Under Stress

    Training is vital so that lifeguards can act correctly under high-stress conditions.

     
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    Under Surveillance

    Maintaining constant, meaningful surveillance of patrons as they participate in aquatic activities is a key component of lifeguarding

     
 
 
 

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