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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Distress

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Being unable to maintain a position on top of the water, or being unable to make progress to safety without assistance.

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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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Wet Drowning

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Drowning caused by fluid in the lungs.

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Cervical

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The area of the spinal column most susceptible to injury, because it has the least amount of protection-the neck.

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Recovery Position

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The maneuver used to turn a patient onto his or her side, so gravity will aid in moving the tongue off of the back of the throat, thus allowing both the passage of air and the drainage of fluids.

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