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How does your aquatics facility meet the industry-standard 4 hours per month of ongoing in-service training for lifeguards? Lifeguard Training Activities and Games is a complete resource for aquatics managers or lifeguard supervisors responsible for conducting site-specific on-the-job training for lifeguards. The compilation of games, skill drills, activities, and guidance enhances training and conditioning of lifeguards and creates a high-performing staff. Throughout the book, the focus is on keeping activities fun and engaging to promote participation and ensure your lifeguards acquire the skills they need in order to take action in an emergency.
The book contains more than 70 proven training activities divided into chapters by type of lifeguard skill. Each activity is short enough to be part of an in-service or class warm-up session. Most have variations, allowing for continued challenges of participants’ performances through increasing levels of difficulty.
The drills, games, and activities improve lifeguards’
general aquatic skills and physical fitness;
surveillance, emergency response, and rescue skills; and
teamwork and problem-solving skills.
Chapter 1 explores the rationale for using activities and games to develop a high-performance lifeguard staff. Guidance is provided for selecting and conducting effective activities, including safety, risk management, and documentation needs.
The activities and games in chapter 2 emphasize development of endurance, breath control, strength, and coordination. These activities go beyond simply swimming laps, which can be boring and tedious. The various conditioning activities in this chapter are fun and challenging to increase enjoyment of the training process and further participation. Many of the activities are based on essential lifeguard skills, so lifeguards are still learning key concepts while staying in shape.
The activities and games in chapters 3 through 5 emphasize lifeguard surveillance, rescue, and emergency response skills. Standard rescue equipment is used, including rescue tubes, rescue boards, masks, fins, snorkels, and unique equipment such as space shooters and spinning Frisbees. Individual challenge and self-testing activities, partner play, and team competitions are all represented. Even though the skills in these chapters are very serious, the activities are still fun and engaging.
Teamwork is one of the most important components of lifeguard response during an emergency, but it’s often overlooked in training programs. Chapter 6 presents fun and interesting games and problem-solving activities to get any group of individuals working together as a team. Chapter 7 explores how to use special events or longer activities as unique training and team-building opportunities.
In addition to covering many key components of lifeguard training, the book contains an activity finder that makes selecting the right games easy and fast. There are more than 70 proven training activities to choose from by type of game, related skill, and benefits.
Lifeguard Training Activities and Games is the only comprehensive resource that provides you with a blueprint for ongoing training from the moment a lifeguard joins your staff. Following the training ideas and guidance, including safety, scanning, rescue skills, emergency response, conditioning, and teamwork, leads to the development of a high-performing lifeguard staff.
Chapter 1. Developing a High-Performance Staff Through Training Activities and Games
Chapter 2. Conditioning Activities
Chapter 3. Safety, Surveillance, and Scanning Activities
Chapter 4. Aquatic Rescue Skill Activities
Chapter 5. CPR, Emergency Response, and Risk Management Activities
Chapter 6. Team-Building Activities
Chapter 7. Special Activities
A training resource for aquatic facility managers in a variety of settings, including park districts, resorts, health and fitness clubs, training institutes, and educational settings.
Susan J. Grosse, MS, is the president of Aquatic Consulting & Education Resource Services in Milwaukee. Grosse has more than 45 years of experience in aquatics and education and has published extensively in the areas of aquatics and exceptional education. She is also a sought-after speaker, having presented in Ireland, Egypt, Canada, and the United States.
Grosse received a 40-year pin from the American Red Cross as a volunteer instructor and instructor trainer. She also received the Mabel Lee and Honor Awards from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) for her contributions to the education profession. The Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute presented her with a Tsunami Spirit Award for her work in aquatics with people with disabilities.
Grosse has served as chair of the Aquatic Council for AAHPERD and as president of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness. She also has been a water safety instructor trainer and a lifeguarding instructor trainer for the American Red Cross. In her leisure time she enjoys swimming, canoeing, reading, and listening to music.