Inservice Training

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    Patterns of Abuse 

    While aquatics programming provides some of the greatest opportunities for youth development, it also presents some of the highest risk factors

     
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    A Valuable Lesson

    One of the hardest messages to get across to young guards is the importance of staying vigilant.

     
  • Graphic by Tim Bobko

    To the Rescue

    Few jobs are as challenging and emotionally rewarding as being an aquatics director.

     
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    Huntington Beach Lifeguards

    Huntington Beach/HB, known today as Surf City USA,is not only one of our nation’s busiest beaches but has a long and upstanding history in the professional development of lifeguards and lifesaving in America.

     
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    Getting the Message

    Teenagers and tweens text at mind-blowing rates.

     
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    Closer Examination 

    The average aquatic management staff is very busy. Staff training, including lifeguard courses, often are conducted at specific times that correspond to available instructor staff, pool space and budget.

     
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    Suspicious Behavior

    Each year, I provide awareness training to new and returning lifeguards to help them become aware of potential sex offenders

     
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    American Red Cross

    It’s not the only organization offering lifeguard training anymore

     
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    On the Job Training

    Aquatics managers are faced with the responsibility to ensure their lifeguards are trained to the highest standards, and training those staffers isn?t getting any easier

     
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    Embattled Red Cross Launches New Guard Program

    The American Red Cross will launch its updated lifeguard training program next month amid lingering customer tension and defection caused by an abrupt pricing policy change in July.

     
  • Photo by Richard Carson / USA Swimming

    Local Flavor

    We all know the latest national statistics regarding the lack of swimming ability and participation in aquatics programs in the African-American and Hispanic communities

     
  • Warning Signs

    Use this chart to recognize high-risk swimmers.

     
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    Pre-Season Favorites

    Training of any kind can be referred to as a necessary evil

     
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    Competitive Edge

    Aquatics professionals understand the importance of in-service training for lifeguards.

     
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    Going Blind 

    It’s the start of the season. Your guards are ready to go!  Skills are sharp

     
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    Training 2.0:one

    Let’s be clear: We all have limited time, and multiple duties, responsibilities and budgets to work around

     
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    New Initiative to Reduce Lightning Injuries, Deaths

    The United States Lifesaving Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have launched a new lifeguard lightning safety initiative.

     
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    Lifeguarding

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

     
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    Taking a Hard Look

    The new year is an exciting time, a chance to start anew

     
  • The Consequences

    An extensive list of positive and negative consequences for lifeguard performance, such as salary bonuses for additional “off the clock” work enhancing patron experiences, participant safety, and/or general program quality

     
 
 
 

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