Lifeguard focuses on pulling a passive victim from the bottom of the pool. (Photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)
Some lifeguards believe that their ability to successfully rescue defines their identity as a lifeguard. We must…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 21, 2014 at 10:21pm — No Comments
Give them a challenge, and see your lifeguard team strive to meet the objective. (Photo credit: Rebecca McNeil, West Sacramento)
I feel blessed for the opportunity to provide training articles for Aquatics International, and doubly blessed…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 25, 2014 at 12:21am — No Comments
Scan for bleeding drill incorporates a primary and secondary rescuer (photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, city of American Canyon)
In February 2013, I briefly touched on one primary assessment drill in my “Back to Basics” article. This article…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on February 23, 2014 at 6:03pm — No Comments
Scenarios are a necessary part of any in-service training (photo credit, Traci Farris, City of Modesto)
Dedicating several in-service trainings to scenarios will greatly improve the performance of your lifeguard team. Scenarios provide a…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on December 21, 2013 at 11:12pm — No Comments
Administering emergency oxygen is an effective option to provide during patient care (photo(s) credit, Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Regional Parks
In a critical incident the primary objective is to keep the victim alive. Airway management is…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on October 14, 2013 at 4:29pm — No Comments
Lifeguard teams practicing standing in-line stabilization and spinal management (Photo credit: Kyle Maxwell, East Bay Regional Park District)
Spinal management is one of the three core skills of lifeguarding, the other two being…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on September 16, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
In the center of almost every community is something that brings us closer as a people, a crystal blue swimming pool, the heart of the neighborhood. This place is more than just a fancy amenity to these folks; it’s one of the few places where people can exercise in a way that connects them with their neighbors. Pools create unity, friendships, recreation and a whole lot of fun. This face-to-face contact with those who live close to us, takes us away from our computers and cellular phones…Continue
Added by Christopher Sawyer on August 22, 2013 at 10:39am — No Comments
Get to the victim quickly, utilize the secondary lifeguard to assist in extrication (Photo credit, Emily Plurkowski, East Bay Regional Park District)
Zero-depth entry pools simulate a beach or waterfront where…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on August 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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
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
Added by Pete DeQuincy on May 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
There is so much information in our world. So much of it is rubbish. Have you ever dwelled on something you read or learned and wished everyone knew it too?
Have you ever heard the old saying, “I don’t want to train my employees because they leave?” The troubling corollary to this statement is that “I prefer not to train them so they stay.” Yikes! The logical flaw here is obvious. Who wants to retain untrained employees? The challenge is how we retain trained employees.
Added by Tom Lachocki on May 7, 2013 at 9:45am — No Comments
3-Rescuer CPR with BVM and AED (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski, Mills College)
CPR is a complex skill that requires constant training so that it will be performed well under the stress of a critical incident. Mastering breathing…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Instructor reviewing team towing holds (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski, Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)
Removing the victim from the area of danger, also known as extrication, happens in all incidents both non-emergency and critical. Whether it’s moving a submerged victim from the bottom of the pool to the surface, towing from the point of rescue to the wall, or expediting from water to land where EMS is staging; extrication…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Instructor reviewing how to assist the…Continue
As we move closer to summer, it’s time to energize the winter staff and get them working as a well-oiled lifeguarding machine.…Continue
We often see words that don't sink in. Most of our press releases point out that people from over 83 countries have taken NSPF courses. The more I think about it, the more amazing it is to me. We have the privilege to contribute to pool, spa and aquatic professionals on every corner of this amazing world. Thank you for the faith you put in NSPF training materials. We take that confidence seriously and are committed to constant improvement. You deserve no less!!!
Added by Tom Lachocki on January 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Recreation Coordinator II, Beth Frazer, from Consumnes Community Service District, emailed me and commented, “…You have a curriculum for the training and how long it takes for 10 lifeguards… We have 40-60 lifeguards per training, so it would be nice to know how much time to add for each additional lifeguard, or maybe each additional 5 or 10 lifeguards.”
There are several ways to scale up the training to allow for large staff participation: Increase the time allocated for the training…Continue
The first step to becoming a lifeguard is to get certified. There are several certifying organizations, including the American Red Cross, Ellis & Associates, YMCA, and StarGuard. After successful completion of the course, lifeguards receive a certification that is valid for two to three years and provides everything a lifeguard needs to know before applying for a job. Or does it?
As aquatic center managers and facility…Continue
Added by Traci Tenkely on September 17, 2012 at 6:23pm — No Comments
In 1910 or 1912 when Wilbert Longfellow started teaching swimming and began training people to be swimming instructors, he said, "In order to learn to swim, you must overcome your fear."
This truth was lost in the past 100 years. What happens when a truth is lost?
Many people suffer. In this particular case, many people have drowned.
Two people, Paul Lennon and I, realized in the 1980's that the lessons we were trained to teach didn't work for half our…Continue
Added by Melon Dash on July 31, 2012 at 11:57am — No Comments