All Blog Posts Tagged 'water' (53)

Building Better Scenarios for In-service Training

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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on December 21, 2013 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Putting The Pieces Together: Components of Airway Management

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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on October 14, 2013 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Those Spinal Days

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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on September 16, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Zero-Depth Entry Drills

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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on August 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

I am passionate about swimming. Let me tell you why.

Blog by:  Laurie Batter

It's 6am, the sun is just up, and I’m strapping on goggles and preparing for my daily lap swim. It’s a passion I have. 

People often remark, “Laurie, you are so disciplined!” I say, “Actually I’m addicted”. Really, it’s my passion: I live to swim and I swim to live- that’s my motto.

 

Ever since I was a baby, I have been in love with…

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Added by Laurie Batter on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Science shows swimmers have lower mortality risk than runners and walkers

It is universally accepted that physical activity is good for your health and reduces mortality rates.  Studies that compare mortality rates between swimmers and other common physical activities are rare. The most compelling findings are those of Chase, Sui, & Blair (IJARE, 2008, 2(3), 213-223) that compared 40,517 men 20-90 years of age who completed health examinations from 1971-2003 as part of the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study administered by the Cooper Institute. After adjusting…

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Added by Tom Lachocki on July 18, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Research - Who Cares?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This philosophical thought experiment raises the question about research, and its value.

Research is key to advancing our understanding of the world, and to achieving positive changes. Yet, if advancements in research are mentioned, but no one hears or understands it, what good is it?  Who will care?

 

The irony of research is…

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Added by Tom Lachocki on June 17, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

On the Waterfront: Rescue Board Drills for a Flatwater Facility

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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on June 12, 2013 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Using In-water Ventilations

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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on May 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

CPR: Synchronized Teamwork

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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Pool Operator Training Saves Money

Did you know that 24 states and many counties require operator training for those that operate a public pool?  If your jurisdiction doesn’t require training, should you still get training?  The answer is…absolutely as it will save your facility money! 

We can all assume that a properly trained operator will yield a safer swimming environment for patrons.  But, did you know that preventing outbreaks of recreational water illnesses (RWI’s) can also result in substantial cost savings? …

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Added by Alex Antoniou on April 22, 2013 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Extrication: The Missing Link

 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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Power of the Secondary Lifeguard

Instructor reviewing how to assist the…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on February 19, 2013 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Back to Basics

 Instructor reviewing primary assessment with lifeguards. (Photo(s) credits: Carol Berendsen, Emily Plurkowski, Mills College)

As we move closer to summer, it’s time to energize the winter staff and get them working as a well-oiled lifeguarding machine.…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on January 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Follow-up on Fortifying your Facility: How to scale up the training for 40-60 lifeguards

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…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on December 19, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

A Challenging Transition

I am starting a new chapter in my career. Transitioning from the public to the private sector.

 

It's a little awkward. 

 

You see, Oklahoma is sort of a strange place in the aquatics industry, at least to me. It's dominated by the public sector like most of the mid-west is I'm sure. So that's what has made this such a strange transition.

I decided that leaving my cushy public sector job with a city government for a risky private sector job…

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Added by Chris Griffith on December 9, 2012 at 10:36am — 2 Comments

Fortifying your Facility

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on December 3, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Low Water Crossings: The Hidden Danger

Nearly half of all flood related deaths occur in vehicles. Most of these deaths take place when people drive into flooded highway dips or low drainage areas.

A low-water crossing is where a road, without a bridge, dips across a normally dry creek bed or drainage area. Motorists who attempt to cross these flooded low-water crossings are putting themselves, their vehicles, and any other occupants of their vehicles at deadly risk.…

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Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on July 14, 2012 at 7:50pm — No Comments

New Pennsylvania Law aims to discourage driving during floods

A law signed by Gov. Corbett last week allows a fine of $250 to $500 for a violation, two points on the offender's driver's license, and the cost of any rescue by first responders. The law, which drew unanimous support in the state House and Senate, takes effect in September.

 

We encourage you to review this article at: …

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Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on July 14, 2012 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Lesson Learned

Yesterday, June 14, I had the chance to be a part of the global water safety event known as the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. Each year since 2010, swimmers around the world have come together simultaneously to break the record and promote the importance of swim lessons. At Blue Buoy Swim School, in Tustin, CA, there were officially 106 enthusiastic…

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Added by AIsrEditor on June 15, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments

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