Inservice Training

  • Judgment Call

    Managers realize they must teach their lifeguards critical thinking skills for emergency situations

  • Honoring Aquatics Innovators: Changing Teaching Methods

    Starfish Aquatics is adapting its courses for new international locales.

  • Trained for Everything

    Aquatic staff should be prepared to rescue anyone in the pool - including a scuba diver

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    Reaching a Higher Level

    Lifeguard in-service training programs not only can improve emergency preparedness, but also facilitate individual employee development into contributing members of the community.

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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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    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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    Lifeguarding Quiz

    Aquatics International University's Lifeguarding Quiz is designed to test your knowledge of lifeguarding issues including lifeguard handbooks, certification and in-service 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

  • Watch: 3 Training Drills that Take 2

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

  • The Case of the Invisible Swimmer

    How aquatics facilities can limit liability

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    Defusing the Situation

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

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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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    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.

  • Honoring Aquatics Innovators: Training Lifeguards

    Pete DeQuincy is a motivator.

  • Expect the Unexpected

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

  • Get Personal

    A host at a mountain resort with a swimming area takes the right approach to defuse a confrontation

  • Running in Water

    Zero-depth entry pools provide unique challenges for lifeguards

  • 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

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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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    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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