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At the Spring, 2015 Board of Directors’ meeting, the CSLSA Training Committee discussed the following:
Training Officer Academy
- On 3/2/2015, the Orange County Training Officers conducted a "Night Operations Response" training hosted by the City of Laguna Beach Marine Safety. The training had over 25 lifeguards in attendance. There was a review of nighttime operations and policy and procedures for each agency. Lieutenant Scott Diederich provided an extensive review of the incident command system and radio communications. Dry land exercises were performed at Main Beach due to poor water quality from the recent rain.
- A scheduled Maritime MCI Drill that will be hosted by the City of Newport Beach Lifeguards has been postponed until April 2016. We hope to have more information by the fall CSLSA meeting.
- The Orange County Emergency Medical Services (OCEMS) are currently reviewing their policies regarding spinal management. A representative from the OC Training Officers will be present at the next spinal management committee meeting. The date is TBD.
- In an effort to make mutual aid responses more seamless, the Orange County Training Officers are creating a regional mapping system that will assist outside responding agencies within the region to be able to navigate to the proper area more efficiently. The maps will include tower addresses and beach access points. They will also include any beach access with codes or keyed entry. The final result will be a digital and paper version.
- The Orange County Chief’s Association is presently working on two policy issues: (a) OC Shark Policy: This policy will address a unified approach that will provide proper notification and response to both the media and the public while minimizing social and political ramifications associated with shark sightings and attacks. and (b) Lightning Policy: This policy will address the lifeguard’s responsibility for an active lightning event with a victim or victims still in the water.
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.