External compressions of the chest increases pressure inside the chest and directly compresses the heart, forcing blood to move from the chest to the lungs, brain, and the rest of the body. Creating and maintaining this pressure not only keeps vital organs alive but also increases the chances that defibrillation will be successful.
The waterpark industry has an overall excellent track record of providing safe recreation. The most effective way to reduce the risk of injury to guests enjoying waterpark attractions is to enforce the rules for proper usage consistently and regularly inspect the attraction.
StarGuard is the required text for the StarGuard Lifeguard
certification. This edition will develop your ability to prevent,
recognize, and respond to water emergencies. It includes 2015 ILCOR and
AHA guidelines for first aid and CPR and exceeds the CDC Model Aquatic
Health Code (MAHC) guidelines for lifeguard course content.
StarGuard: Best Practices for Lifeguards, Fifth Edition, assists lifeguard candidates in preventing, recognizing, and responding to water emergencies in pool, waterpark, and waterfront settings.
Combined with hands-on, scenario-based training sessions taught by authorized StarGuard instructors, the updated text and accompanying web resource teach the essentials of lifeguarding: prevention, surveillance, response and rescue, emergency care, and workplace safety and professionalism.
StarGuard: Best Practices for Lifeguards provides specific strategies for decision making. With this authoritative yet accessible guide you will learn the following:
Strategies for reducing risk at recreational aquatic venues
Essential skills for response and rescue, including how to perform land-based assists and water-based rescues
How to recognize indicators of and critical events that can lead to distress and drowning
Emergency care skills in the event of a drowning, injury, or illness, including suspected spinal injuries
Techniques for adapting lifesaving skills for special situations, such as single-guard facilities, inflatable play structures, special events, or lifeguarding individuals with disabilities
Proper techniques for dealing with bodily fluids and fecal contaminations to reduce the risk of recreational water illness
The updated fifth edition contains the latest research on best practices in lifeguarding and emergency care, including the most current CPR/AED first aid content based on international guidelines.
From surveillance to prevention and emergency care, StarGuard: Best Practices for Lifeguards, Fifth Edition, covers all aspects of lifeguarding in an easy-to-understand format. Together, the text, online resource, and hands-on training course prepare lifeguards with the decision-making, emergency response, and first aid skills necessary for preventing water emergencies and saving lives.
Additionally, StarGuard: Best Practices for Lifeguards provides the foundation for the operational policies, procedures, and guidance delivered through the StarGuard Elite complete aquatic safety and risk management system available to aquatic facilities.
Part I Prevention Strategy Chapter 1 Foundation of Best Practices Chapter 2 Reducing Risks at an Aquatic Facility Chapter 3 Managing Bodily Fluids and Fecal Matter Contamination
Part II Surveillance Chapter 4 Recognizing Distress and Drowning Chapter 5 Looking for Distress and Drowning
Part III Response and Rescue Chapter 6 Deciding to Act and Emergency Response Chapter 7 Assists and Rescues
Part IV Emergency Care Chapter 8 Managing Suspected Spinal Injuries Chapter 9 Basic First Aid Chapter 10 CPR for Professional Rescuers Chapter 11 Rescue Breathing and CPR for Unresponsive Drowning Persons
Part V Workplace Environment Chapter 12 Facilitating Workplace Safety Chapter 13 Meeting Workplace Expectations Chapter 14 Considering Site- and Situation-Specific Circumstances Chapter 15 Lifeguarding at Waterparks and Similar Spaces Chapter 16 Lifeguarding at Nonsurf Waterfronts
Appendix: Emergency Oxygen
Bibliography and Resources
About the Author
Textbook for lifeguards studying to achieve Starfish Aquatics Institute
lifeguard certification. Foundational resource for other lifeguard
training programs before in-water training occurs. Reference for
individuals seeking lifeguarding certification and essential information
on the responsibilities and skill sets of lifeguards.
Jill White founded the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) in 1999
and cofounded StarGuard Elite in 2016 with the mission to reduce
drowning and save lives. She has consistently been named one of the Top
25 Most Influential People in Aquatics by Aquatics International
magazine and has been the recipient of the prestigious Al Turner
Memorial Commitment to Excellence Award from the World Waterpark
Association. In the fall of 2014, White was inducted into the World
Waterpark Hall of Fame.
She has authored textbooks on lifeguarding, lifeguarding instruction,
water safety, and swim instruction and served as the aquatic education
division director for Human Kinetics. She has firsthand experience in
training, supervising, and managing lifeguards and has personally taught
thousands of lifeguards and hundreds of lifeguarding instructors. White
has collaborated in drowning prevention and standards development
initiatives and is a frequent speaker at national and international