Index to Red Cross classes resources

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Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training FAQs

History of lifesaving

write this in your American Red Cross lifeguard manual

write this in your American Red Cross lifeguard instructor’s manual

How to rescue a drowning victim using a reaching assist or a shepherd’s crook

How to rescue a submerged victim

How to remove a victim from the pool

Preventative lifeguarding (which includes pool staff motto selections in latin)


pool safety deficiencies

Emergency Action Plan for a coach or swim instructor

Emergency Action Plan for a juvenile detention facility pool

Neighborhood Watch applied to swim centers

Tips for guarding open water swims from 50 plus triathlons and other open water swims we have volunteered at.

tips for guarding kids’ triathlons

rescue board safety tips

beach drag

Should lifeguards wear cowboy boots? a quiz for lifeguards or lifeguard classes

How to tell if the lifeguards are doing their job properly

deaf lifeguards

lifeguard training: discussing professionalism

Lifeguard training, swimming, CPR and first aid links has links, quotations from articles for teachers or students on lifeguard training, swimming, CPR, first aid and risk management. They are primarily for current lifeguard candidates in my classes or graduates who are now lifeguard instructors.

California Lifeguards and Title 22

CPO What a certified pool operator (CPO) knows that lifeguards and swimmers should know.

pool chemical signs

canoe over canoe rescue can also be used on a kayak

Why you should wear a lifejacket.

Swimming and teaching swimming

The American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Manual

might still be downloadable for free at:

The Cooper 12 minute swim test is on page 195, where it says “The 12-minute swimming test, devised by Kenneth Cooper, M.D., is an easy, inexpensive way for men and women of all ages to test their aerobic capacity (oxygen consumption) and to
chart their fitness program.”

Red Cross swimming and water safety text cover: Red Cross swimming and water safety text coverdigital water safe manual: photo of a computer screen showing part of a digital text

(The American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Manual had no index, so I wrote one: Swimming and Water Safety 2009 index).

swimming vocabulary

Swim workout vocabulary

History of swimming section

How can I tell if I’m a good swimmer? has stats to compare yourself to, including some lifeguard tests and the United States Navy Physical Readiness Test swim portion.

Swimming and Water Safety 2009 index

pool toys

Basic Water Rescue

The aim of How to tell if the lifeguards are doing their job properly is to provide swimmers, parents, child care providers and other swimming pool patrons with a few guidelines to help them determine if the lifeguards at the pool they go to are doing their jobs properly.

Fifty ways to praise your swim students

rogue or sneaker waves

First aid and CPR/AED

Hands only CPR

CPR manikin use

wilderness first aid outline

Cultural issues in first aid


Simple secondary survey study sheet

fast, basic neurological exam

Do AEDs work?

What the AED says as you use it

How to pass a Red Cross written test

Why did they change CPR?

CPR Pro skills review questions

First Aid for Public Safety Personnel study guide

Bloodborne Pathogens quick facts

injuries quick facts

CPR manikin use

fast, basic neurological exam

Oxygen administration quick facts

CPR quick facts

AED quick facts

Can a person who is prescribed an epi-pen risk going into the wilderness? (and some sting prevention notes) are at: Anaphylaxis quick facts

advance care directives

Simple secondary survey study sheet


more details of the SAMPLE questions

Times to suspect a spinal injury: (and use a jaw thrust instead of a head tilt, chin lift).

Reasons why a person might become unconscious or semi-conscious (AEIOU TIPS)

causes of altered mental status, fainting, seizures,

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

care for a stroke

normal respiration, pulse, temperature

and a detailed simple secondary survey (SAMPLE, opqrst)