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Building a Better Lifeguard
Description and Learner Outcomes:
The skill sets and knowledge required to successfully lifeguard and supervise aquatics activities are often vastly different than those required to pass a lifeguarding certification class. While certification serves as a foundation, it is up to the camp operator to provide additional training, mentoring, and skills development in order to build lifeguards with competent abilities. Participate in this session to learn techniques to "build" better lifeguards at your facility. In this webinar participants will become aware of what lifeguards do/don't learn in certification training, and why this matters, learn techniques for building better lifeguards, including in-service training, mentoring, rescue skills, emergency response, hazard recognition, victim recognition, accident prevention, participant supervision and surveillance, and become aware of common "operator errors" which impact lifeguards ability to be effective, such as positioning, rotation, areas of surveillance, distraction, patron interactions, and environmental hazards..
Diane Tyrrell, CCD has over 30 years experience and an extensive background in water safety, paddlesports, and aquatics risk management. She has over 20 years experience in the camp and youth development field, and is widely respected as an expert on aquatics risk management. She has been a speaker at multiple American Camp Association national and regional conferences. Diane maintains various Instructor Trainer level certifications and has worked with camps, municipalities, universities, and various youth organizations, including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA, 4-H, and Special Olympics. Diane is the author of the book 101 Games & Activities for Canoes & Kayaks, contributed content to the American Red Cross Small Craft Safety and Lifeguard Management training curriculums, and provided content for the book Camp Waterfront Management by Cathy Scheder. Diane is the Director of Camp Motorsport and CEO of Frog Pond Aquatics, which offers certification training, management consulting, and risk assessment services.
Cost: ACA members: $20, Non-Members: $40
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