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At the Spring, 2014 Board of Directors meeting, the CSLSA Training Committee reported upon the following training:
- A MCI drill in San Diego was very successful. It is hoped that a similar drill can be held in Orange County.
- On January 29th, California State Lifeguards hosted a mutual aid Search & Recovery dive at Crystal Cove State Beach. The premise of the dive was to simulate the realistic time frame in which the responding agencies would arrive on scene. The participating agencies consisted of CA State, Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, Lake Mission Viejo and Orange County LG's. Results were so positive that Rob Williams will begin the process of gaining funds to hold a similar drill in Orange County in the next year or so.
- On March 5-6, the San Diego City Lifeguards hosted the county's annual Maritime Mass Rescue Operation drill. Participants included all San Diego Lifeguard agencies, many fire and law enforcement agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Navy. The first day involved rescue and triage and the second consisted of diving for body recovery and evidence. Evaluations by the participants stressed that overall the drill went smoothly, but that the "glitches" should be addressed and corrected for next time. All agreed, however, that the patching of VHF into their 800 Mhz system allowed them to respond to all agencies effectively.
Los Angeles County recently hosted a Shark Symposium that sparked much discussion from numerous agencies. There is hope that one unified policy can be developed by September. Any agency with an existing shark policy is urged to contact Larry Giles at Encinitis.
The committee also learned that the pre-proposed changes to the EMS system regarding National Registry compliance for all EMR's have been rejected. The cost of the licensing has determined that the bill is just not feasible. Current changes recently proposed in the EMS system will have little or no effect on the EMR agenda.
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 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.