Inservice Training

  • WATCH: 3 Passive Victim Training Drills

    Straight out of the 2014 Lifeguard Challenge, try these exercises with your team.

  • 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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    Under Surveillance

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

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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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    Satisfaction Guaranteed

    In an age of constant communication, when e-mail and texting have the nation all a-Twitter, communication with members and guests continues to be an area that needs the most improvement. For the most part, the age group that safeguards the guests at…

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    Watching for Trouble

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

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    Keep It Real 

    Nothing will be more “real” to a lifeguard than a drowning incident.

  • Multiple Victims Can Mean Hard Choices

    In cases where more than one person needs to be recsued, who do you help first, second and last?

  • Airway Management

    Lifeguards can maintain a victim's airways using these maneuvers

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    Shadow Ops

    If you have been in aquatics for more than a few years, you’ve probably heard of a Shadow Guard Program.

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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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    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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    Fortifying your Facility

    It’s winter and as a supervisor or manager, you’re probably busy developing programs and finalizing summer brochures.

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    Fun Factor

    Welcome to the mid-season hump.

  • 5 Midsummer Training Drills

    Keep your team focused with these popular inservice exercises.

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    On the Same Page

    During the past few years, the aquatics industry has promoted professionalism and attention to detail in a number of areas, including lifesaving.

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    Up to the Test?

    The main objective of swim testing is to identify swimming ability so nonswimmers can be kept out of high-risk areas. Upon identification, properly trained lifeguards can provide nonswimmers with tools to help provide for their safety in the water

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    Getting the Message

    Teenagers and tweens text at mind-blowing rates.

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    Fun Factor

    Imagine a day when your aquatics staff is not only enthusiastically attending in-service trainings, but also contributing ideas about content and structure.

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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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