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
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
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Tom Lachocki on July 18, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Tom Lachocki on June 17, 2013 at 2:03pm — 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
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
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? …Continue
Added by Alex Antoniou on April 22, 2013 at 3:10pm — 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
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
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…Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on July 14, 2012 at 7:50pm — No Comments
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: …Continue
Added by Gerald M. Dworkin on July 14, 2012 at 7:45pm — No Comments