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, plus free access to one course instructor from each USLA certified agency. The course instructor includes downloadable PowerPoint slides, quizzes, skills sheets, and lesson plans that can be used in training
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.