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October 2014 Edition
Focus Topic: Training

Red Cross @ World Aquatic Health Conference

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More Resources from World Aquatic Health Conference

Click here to download the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA) October Newsletter

Lifeguard Training – Aussie Style

You can tell summer is just around the corner. The kangaroos are getting frisky.  And, of course, the return of southern-hemisphere summer means Australians will be heading to the beach. In the USA, when life is swell and work is easy, we call it “a day at the beach.” I’m guessing Australians don’t have that expression.

First, the ocean waters around the continent are home to the box jellyfish. These beasts don’t just float around and cause a rash; they move fast and their venom is fatal. You may know about the great white sharks of Australia, but the bull sharks are even more aggressive. These sharks will even swim up a fresh water river to hunt. But, I wouldn’t worry too much about sharks in the river. The enormous salt-water crocodiles will probably devour them.  Just planning to sunbathe on the sand? No worries, mate. Just be on the lookout for the Sydney funnel web spider and the common death adder. (Only Aussie’s would refer to a deadly snake with the prefix “common”.)

Given those dangers, you may wonder why Australians even bother going to the beach. Come on, these are Australians. They play football without pads or helmets. That said, the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has some rigorous training requirements. Since we are focusing on staff training in this month’s edition of MPN, we decided to take a peek at the ALS training methods. While 105-pound sturgeons may be Michigan’s largest fresh water threat, perhaps we can still learn something from the fearless Australians.

Naturally, fitness and skills testing plays a large part in the ALS job requirements. Potential guards must complete a 400m swim, 800m run, 400m board paddle, and a second 800m run in 25 minutes. Assessments are used throughout the career of a lifeguard and include recruitment tests, regularly scheduled maintenance exams, and requirements for promotion. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ten Commandments of Effective Lifeguarding

Learn more at the Culture of Safety website

CPO Training Dates

Gil Daws & Associates has two more CPO classes scheduled this year and one of them is this week! Click here to register

Southfield, MI October 16-17, 2014
Midland, MI October 23-24, 2014

Watch this video to meet Gil Daws

AquaLogix – Resistance Training Equipment

Here’s a great way to add resistance training to your water exercise programs.

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Automated Pool Cover Training

The following video shows the basic operations of an automated pool cover made by Alta Enterprises.

This video shows the time-lapsed installation of this type of pool cover.

For more information about this pool cover contact Norman Hamelin at Aquatic Source (248) 366-0606

Mr. Bean as a Lifeguard