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Glos·sa·ry

A list of generally uncommon words with their definitions.

We have put together a glossary of terms from the aquatics industry. Use this glossary as a resource for learning or just to refresh your memory. The search area below will allow you to find out more information about a process, piece of equipment and more!

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Impairment

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A condition that takes away from the strength or quality of being able to do something.

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Automated external defibrillator (AED)

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

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A device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and signals the need to administer an electric shock (defibrillation) to a patient in cardiac arrest.

Coccyx

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The tailbone and last 3 to 4 vertebrae of the spine.

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Featured aquatic terms

10-3 Minute Protection Rule

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Allowing a lifeguard 10 seconds to recognize an aquatic emergency and 3 minutes to preform a rescue and begin care.

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Cardiopulmonary

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Referring to the heart (cardio) and lungs (pulmonary).

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Dry Drowning

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Asphyxiation, or suffocation, resulting from a laryngospasm. Water droplets irritate the epiglottis, which closes over the glottis preventing air from entering the air passage; there is no water in the victim's lungs.

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