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At the Fall, 2015 Board of Directors’ meeting, the CSLSA Training Committee discussed the following:
Training Officer Academy
- Lt. Steinberg with the City of Santa Cruz Lifeguards reported that five of their seasonal guards and three of their full-time firefighters attended the 40-hour USLA ARRT course and were certified as rescue swimmers in order to supplement their staffing for the upcoming winter season.
- Tim Burrows with Port Hueneme lifeguards reported that they had their regional water rescue quarterly
training with the Oxnard Fire department ARRT team and Ventura County Fire Department ARRT team.
Both departments have recently certified with USLA as ARRT teams. The training included pier rescues,
RWC rescues and familiarization, rock rescues and a practice 500 meter swim around their permanent
- OCTO’s are currently developing an "Ocean Event Safety Standard". This document will serve as a
general standard that is published to ascertain a uniform method for determining lifeguard personnel
and resources for permitting and staffing open water related events.
Orange County Communications is currently in the process of updating their County Wide Coordinated
Communications System. The goal will be to provide an update on the current state of the CCCS in a
four-phase upgrade effort. Additionally to ensure the County and its 34 cities continued participation in
the next generation 800 MHz; all slated to be completed by 2018. The philosophy behind the upgrade
will be to extend the life of the existing 800 MHz system by systematically replacing obsolete equipment
in a fiscally responsible way.
- As reported at the Spring, 2015 Board of Directors’ meeting, the Orange County Chief’s Association continues to work on two policy issues: OC Shark Policy and Lightning Policy. At our Fall, 2015 BOD meeting, Santa Cruz reported that their department fielded an unusually high number of shark sightings this year and at one point, causing them to cancel a JG competition. Most of the reports were generated at Seacliff State Beach. And, the Port Hueneme lifeguards affirmed that fishermen advise them all the time of shark sightings off of Hueneme Harbor. They also stated that the beach/pier was closed during a recent intense lightning event, the first time in history that a closure was due to a weather-related event.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.