Inservice Training

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    Exploring the Vital Skill of In-water Ventilation

    Rescuers - alone or as a team - should learn how to provide in-water ventilation

     
  • 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

     
  • 5 Midsummer Training Drills

    Keep your team focused with these popular inservice exercises.

     
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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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    Defusing the Situation

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

     
  • Expect the Unexpected

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

     
  • Honoring Aquatics Innovators: Training Lifeguards

    Pete DeQuincy is a motivator.

     
  • Running in Water

    Zero-depth entry pools provide unique challenges for lifeguards

     
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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.

     
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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.

     
  • Watch: 3 Training Drills that Take 2

    Can your team master these two-person drills, straight out of the 2014 Lifeguard Challenge?

     
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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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    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

     
  • Honoring Aquatics Innovators: Changing Teaching Methods

    Starfish Aquatics is adapting its courses for new international locales.

     
  • Get Fresh

    You’ve heard it before — “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” This simple phrase rings especially true when referring to lifeguard skills

     
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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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    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.

     
  • Preparing for the Worst

    In aquatics one simple truth remains paramount: The difference between success and failure is preparation.

     
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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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