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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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Walking Line Search

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This is preformed when the water is shallow enough to walk in, but too murky for you to see the bottom. This procedure may require the assistance of all staff members.

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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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Laceration

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A soft tissue open wound that has a ragged or torn edges.

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Rescue

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Any situation where you enter the water to aid a guest in distress.

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