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  • Training Committee

         At the Fall, 2014 Board of Directors' meeting, the CSLSA Training Committee discussed the following:
    1. New officers were elected to the California Marine Safety Chiefs Association in September, 2014 -- Chief Williams (President), Chief Humphreys (Vice President), Chief Lombardi (Secretary) and Chief Kissel (Treasurer).
    2. The CMSCA informed the California State Fire Training panel that they oppose the state's 24-hour course because it attempts to train firefighters in open water rescue. The CMSCA awaits the State Fire Marshal's development of a policy pertaining to any open water rescue.
    3. The CMSCA is also working on standardizing policy amongst lifeguard agencies. Vehicle operations, shark sighting/attack and ocean competitions and events are being reviewed.
    4. In August, San Diego South State Lifeguards in conjunction with Coronado Beach lifeguards held a navigation and lift bag dive. The purpose of the dive was to locate and raise a decommissioned submarine to the surface. The depth was approximately 35 feet and full coms were used for the drill.
    5. The Orange County Training Officers continue to work on creating a vehicle typing matrix, a job title matrix and gathering data on what each agency currently keeps in their towers and the types of communication they are using.
    6. The Orange County Chief's Association is presently working on a comprehensive "Shark Sighting and Shark Attack Response Procedure" in effort to have a county-wide consensus protocol.
    7. On October 6-10, 2014, the Cal State Lifeguard dive teams conducted a refresher dive team training exercise at Crystal Cove State Beach and Lake Mission Viejo. In collaboration with the University of California at Irvine, the dive teams focused on data collection of diminishing sea stars, sea urchins, and sand dollars along our coastline. Another part of the exercise was a cultural dive in roughly 35' of water off Crystal Cove, where the 1940's Corsair military airplane rests.
    Training Officer Academy

         In years past there have been many inquiries relating to Training Officers and their credentials, their ability to efficiently instruct, and the material that is being taught. For several years the Southeast Region has conducted a Surf Lifesaving Training Officer Academy in an effort to give merit to the training officers of participating agencies. This academy has benefited the SER agencies in several ways. First and foremost, it created a common standard of both teaching and source material within the curriculum. Secondly, it established an objective to achieve for Senior Lifeguards who wanted to become supervisors and or trainers for their agencies. Currently, a master instructor is developing a curriculum that will address proper teaching styles and methods. We hope to have this information prepared and implemented by Fall of 2012.
         The Orange County Training Officers Committee held their very first Training Officer's Academy Module in Newport Beach on November 6th, 2012. The training was attended by roughly 16 guards ranging from San Diego to Orange County. The class focused on lifeguard specific training methods in a classroom setting, including effective Power Point presentations, the use of multi-media, and proper techniques when dealing with the media and community. The next Field Training module is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2013.

    California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association

    The Training Officers Association is inviting lifeguard agencies to host training sessions, particularly in Tow Bar, Rope Rescue, Swift Water Awareness, Lift Bag Operations, and Recovery Dive. Please contact the CSLSA Training Committee Chair at training@cslsa.org .

    Established in 1998, the goals of the California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association include the development of an instructor curriculum, a regional and state training standard, a course certification program and the establishment of an AA degree program. Most lifeguard agencies already use the minimum standard of course curriculum including the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider, California State Fire Marshal Emergency Medical Technician, NAUI Open Water Diver, NAUI Advanced Diver, and NAUI Rescue Diver. Accomplishments of the Training Officer's Association include the development of rookie lifeguard, recurrent lifeguard, permanent lifeguard, scuba and lifeguard managemement curriculums. The association continues to coordinate training on a regional level, including dive exercises, E.M.T. certifications, cliff rescue, and personal watercraft rescue courses.

    The California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association represents a majority of the California coastline. The State of California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, Long Beach, Seal Beach, United States Ocean Safety, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Lake Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Camp Pendleton, San Diego and Imperial Beach agencies have been instrumental in the development and growth of our association. A rookie and recurrent lifeguard curriculum is now fully accredited by Santa Ana College, thanks to the cities of Newport Beach and San Diego (Miramar program). Lifeguard training officers have completed the Instructor IA and IB courses and several cities are sending their lifeguards through the courses as an introduction to Fire Department training standardization.