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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Epiglottis

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A cartilage behind the tongue which works like a valve over the windpipe.

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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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Liability

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Being legally responsible.

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Feet First Surface Dive

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A method of propelling the body toward the bottom, feet first, by pushing the water upward with the arms.

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Compact Jump

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An entry into the water from a height keeping the rescue tube up under the armpits, feet flat, knees slightly bent. It is designed to minimize the risk of injury to the lifeguard while allowing for speed in initiating a rescue.

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