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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Standard of Care

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The skills and care which would normally be known and done by others working as lifeguards.

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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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Special Event

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Any activity that is different from the normal daily routine at a facility.

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Rear Hug

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A rescue technique used for a guest who is on the surface of the water facing away from the rescuer. The technique can be used on an unconscious or conscious guest, and is always preformed with a rescue tube.

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Head-tilt/Chin-lift

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Tilting the head back while lifting the chin to open the airway of an unconscious person.

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