Diverse activities enhance lifeguard training and conditioning

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Life Guard Training and Games by Susan GrosseChampaign, IL-- Supervisors responsible for training lifeguards have a new resource in Lifeguard Training Activities and Games (Human Kinetics, July 2009). A complete resource for aquatics managers and lifeguard supervisors, the book provides activities for site-specific on-the-job training. The compilation of games, skill drills, activities, and guidance enhances training and conditioning of lifeguards and creates a high-performing staff. Throughout the book, the focus is on keeping activities fun and engaging to promote participation and ensure that lifeguards acquire the skills they need in order to take action in an emergency.

The book contains more than 70 proven training activities divided into chapters by type of lifeguard skill. Each activity is short enough to be part of an in-service or class warm-up session. Most have variations, allowing for continued challenges of participants' performances through increasing levels of difficulty.

The drills, games, and activities improve lifeguards'

  • general aquatic skills and physical fitness;
  • surveillance, emergency response, and rescue skills; and
  • teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Lifeguard Training Activities and Games is the only resource that provides a blueprint for ongoing training from start to finish. Following the training ideas and guidance, including safety, scanning, rescue skills, emergency response, conditioning, and teamwork, leads to the development of a high-performing lifeguard staff.

For more information on Lifeguard Training Activities and Games or other aquatics books, visit www.HumanKinetics.com or call 1-800-747-4457.


Lifeguard Training Activities and Games Susan J. Grosse
Now Available! · Paperback · 256 pp
ISBN 978-0-7360-7929-7 · $29.00


Susan J. Grosse, MS, is the president of Aquatic Consulting & Education Resource Services in Milwaukee. Grosse has more than 45 years of experience in aquatics and education and has published extensively in the areas of aquatics and exceptional education. She is also a sought-after speaker, having presented in Ireland, Egypt, Canada, and the United States.

Grosse received a 40-year pin from the American Red Cross as a volunteer instructor and instructor trainer. She also received the Mabel Lee and Honor Awards from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) for her contributions to the education profession. The Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute presented her with a Tsunami Spirit Award for her work in aquatics with people with disabilities.

Grosse has served as chair of the Aquatic Council for AAHPERD and as president of the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness. She also has been a water safety instructor trainer and a lifeguarding instructor trainer for the American Red Cross. In her leisure time she enjoys swimming, canoeing, reading, and listening to music.

Chapter 1: Developing a High-Performance Staff Through Training Activities and Games
Chapter 2: Conditioning Activities
Chapter 3: Safety, Surveillance, and Scanning Activities
Chapter 4: Aquatic Rescue Skill Activities
Chapter 5: CPR, Emergency Response, and Risk Management Activities
Chapter 6: Team-Building Activities
Chapter 7: Special Activities

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