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Open Water Lifesaving: The United States Lifesaving Association Manual, 3rd Edition

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Published in 2017, Open Water Lifesaving – The United States Lifesaving Association Manual (3rd Edition), is the official training manual of the USLA for all beach and open water lifeguards. Included with each purchase is a 12-month access to a digital version plus quizzes and access to one course instructor designated by the USLA.

Now in its third edition, Open Water Lifesaving – The United States Lifesaving Association Manual, is the only comprehensive training manual for beach and open water lifeguards in accordance with USLA certification requirements. The full color lifeguard manual contains over 400 pages covering everything from basic information for rookie training to useful reference material for experienced lifeguard supervisors and managers.

In addition to the paperback edition, each manual comes with a unique code which provides 12-month access to a digital version, including quizzes you can use to test your comprehension

For course instructor information please see below.

This version of the manual builds on the last two editions, with extensive updates. It's front-loaded with basic information for rookie academy training, but retains and expands on reference material for experienced lifeguard supervisors and managers. There is extensive information on the aquatic environment, a thorough explanation of the drowning process, how to perform a rescue in a variety of circumstances, use of basic and advanced rescue equipment, medical care of injuries specific to the aquatic environment, search and rescue procedures, incident command in an aquatic environment, junior lifeguard programs, and much more. Photos and diagrams help demonstrate challenging maneuvers, like in-water resuscitation. The editorial committee for the book included lifesaving experts from across America.

ISBN: 978-1-323-58456-9

Course Instructor

The USLA and Pearson are pleased to provide free access to one course instructor (training officer) from each USLA certified agency, designated by the agency, for access to downloadable PowerPoint slides, quizzes, skills sheets, and lesson plans that can be used in training. Instructors will need to register with the USLA and be approved. NOTE: Applicants should seek approval from the agency director prior to completing this form. The USLA will defer to the agency director with respect to the agency training officer who will receive access.

Click here to register as a course instructor. You will need to provide proof of purchase (Marine Rescue Products invoice or receipt) for the 3rd edition of the USLA manual. Please contact us if you need a copy of your invoice or receipt. 

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