Marine First Responders respects the marine environment and its community and is dedicated to minimizing the risk and maximizing safety on the water through education offering the Treasure Coast Jr. Lifeguard Camp and marine safety services for aquatic events. Marine First Responders’ specialized training and education is paramount for anyone who spends time on the water, with the skills to stay safe — and to act as a first responder to aid someone in danger. With the belief that more prevention means fewer rescues, our community will learn to identify and assess risk in the ever-changing marine environment, acquire safety skills and learn advanced rescue techniques and life-saving procedures. Paramedics, nurses, and doctors can not save people without the assistance of first responders. With training from Marine First Responders, you can learn to be the missing link in the chain of survival.
What Lifeguards Do (From American Red Cross)
Lifeguards work at swimming pools, beaches and inland waterways to keep swimmers safe and supervised swimming areas to prevent accidents. Their job is to make swimmer’s aware of dangerous situations, and perform rescue procedures in emergencies. A lifeguard’s primary responsibility is to PREVENT drowning and injuries from occurring. Patron surveillance, scanning and recognition is an important part of prevention. Enforcing the rules and educating the public helps people stay safe in and around the water. Additionally, an important lifeguarding responsibility is administering first aid and CPR to save lives as a first responder. Working as a TEAM with other lifeguards is essential for keeping the public safe as efficiently as possible and keeping each other safe in emergency situations (2015).
Lifeguard History (from United States Lifeguard Association & American Red Cross)
The Lifesaving Profession began when swimming became popular as a recreation in the late 1800’s and a lot of people started drowning as a result. So by the early 1900’s, people started inventing specialized equipment, like rescue boards and rescue floats, to save people from drowning. These men and women prepared for water rescuing and called themselves “watermen”. Around the same time that lifeguarding standardization was being developed, Houses of Refuge were built along the coast line and designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors or travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. Run by the United States Lifesaving Service, the Houses played a critical role in a time when sailing ships dominated the world commerce. Eventually, cities began hiring watermen to guard the waters where the public swam and named them “lifeguards”.
In a short time, the American Red Cross (ARC) Lifesaving Company was established in 1914 which trained people in lifesaving, resuscitation and encouraged volunteering in the communities. At first non-swimming rescues were practiced to avoid the dangerous circumstances of panicked swimmers. Soon, swimming rescues became unavoidable for professional lifeguards in the U.S. and special devices were developed over time which turned into the tools used today such as; the rescue buoy, the rescue tube and the rescue board. In addition, powerboats, personal watercraft and all-terrain vehicles are used for rescues in today’s professional lifeguarding industry.
In 1964, the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) was founded in California to enhance lifesaving efforts and drowning prevention by providing lifeguarding standardization and public water safety education. Currently, universal standards are adopted from the USLA and ARC guidelines. Marine First Responders is a certified agency with the USLA and a licensed training provider for the American Red Cross.
Marine First Responders is a certified agency with the USLA and a licensed training provider for the American Red Cross.