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  • Training Committee

         At the Spring, 2017 Board of Directors’ meeting, the CSLSA Training Committee discussed the following:
    1. Training Workshop (Feb. 8, 2017) - The Newport Beach Fire Dept (Marine Operations Division), in conjunction with the Orange County Lifeguard Chiefs, presented a 7 hour "Supervisor and Leadership Academy" for lifeguards.
    2. USLA is working on creating a curriculum that will stand as a nationally recognized lifeguard training program. They are currently working on the first standard-training criteria for personal watercraft (RWC). The second topic will be USLA Instructor standards.
    3. At the California Marine Safety Chiefs' Association meeting on Sept. 21, 2016, they discussed Newport Beach's purchase and deployment of three acoustic receivers to track tagged sharks off the coast, especially in highly populated areas. The southern California coasts are seeing an increase in shark sightings this year.
    4. The CSLSA Training committee: a. urges that Chief Officers attend regional and national meetings (CSLSA/USLA) to contribute to the decision-making process related to training and operations. b. advocates that all signage on Shark Policy be consistent in beach areas, such as Advisory, Warning and Closure.
    5. Lifeguard Captain James Gartland conducted a session on the National guidelines for rescue boat training. The benefit is to have individual agencies certify their training curriculum under a nationally-certified program.
    6. At the Orange County Training Officers Association meeting on Dec. 6, 2016, future topics for Project Wipeout presentations, including C-spine--extrication techniques, SMR, Teamwork, etc., were discussed. Kai Bond is in the process of collecting rescue watercraft curriculums from USLA regions/agencies. The committee can use the information to update the Training Officers/Chiefs Association guidelines. The goal is to provide a basic curriculum for a rescue watercraft course that will be recognized at a national level.
    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.

    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.