In this first installment of a three-part series on team towing techniques, AI’s resident lifeguard expert, Pete DeQuincy, discusses how two guards should operate in tandem during a rescue.

A couple of things an instructor should watch for: They should operate at the same pace and each guard should have a good hold on the victim who is fully supported by the rescue tube.

The progression of these drills goes as follows: Two guards and one victim in shallow water (see video above); two guards, one victim in deep water; concluding with three rescuers and one victim in shallow water.