How do you know your community values aquatics: facilities, programs, and such. I'm not talking about surveys we give at the end of each program or season, and hope the patron fills out; I'm talking…Continue
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Rescue boards allow lifeguards to get to the victim before it's too late (Photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Regional Park District)
A rescue board is an effective piece of lifesaving equipment that is ideal for flatwater waterfront facilities. If…Continue
Many lifeguards dread communicating with patrons. When they do interact with patrons it’s usually to enforce a rule. From the lifeguard’s perspective, this can be perceived as a no-win situation. The strangers can be categorized into groups: young children that don’t listen, teenagers that never listen, and adults that have given up on listening to anyone young. The last group can exacerbate “rule enforcement” situations with nonverbal responses: the rapid nodding, “leave me alone;” the…Continue
As the summer swim season approaches, I’m aware that this will be the first time some lifeguards will experience sitting in a lifeguard tower or chair with a holiday size crowd. This is a call to empower that rookie lifeguard. Let them know that if their zone gets too crowded, it’s okay to call for back-up or request an additional lifeguard for the rotation. It’s not about testing the limits of what they can handle; it’s about preventing an unsafe situation from happening.
Instructing Jaw-Thrust (with Head Extension) Maneuver. (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski and Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)
In-water ventilation provides a victim quick effective care when immediate extrication is…Continue