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  • Training Committee

         At the Fall, 2013 Board of Directors meeting, the CSLSA Training Committee urged all agencies to continue to collaborate and communicate to exchange ideas, develop mutual training exercises and write articles for the CSLSA newsletter. The committee's goal is to continue to promote exchange by providing information about various training opportunities. Also, they reminded all members that the Training Chair can be reached through the link provided on the CSLSA website.
         The committee also reminds all who teach or enroll in EMT classes to visit the NHTSA's Office of EMS website at to review the resources available for download.
         In early October, the Encinitas Lifeguard Department was the lead agency in coordinating and conducting an annual Swift Water Refresher Training class with lifeguards from Calparks San Diego Coast District North Sector, and fire fighters from the Encinitas Fire Department, held at the Cabrillo Power NRG, Warm Water Jetty Training Facility in Carlsbad. Additionally, after over ten years of going without an initial indoctrination program, the Encinitas Lifeguard Department reestablished and conducted a 30-hour new hire familiarization and training course, for lifeguards coming aboard for the first time. Prior to this, due to budget constraints, lifeguards straight out of the San Diego Regional Lifeguard Academy were considered an, "on the job", training status the moment their feet hit the sand in Encinitas. The end product which came from the orientation course this past spring, was significantly improved over past years new hire results.

    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 .

    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.