StarGuard Credentials

In the United States, the StarGuard curriculum meets and exceeds the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) guidelines for lifeguard training. SAI is one of five, nationally-recognized lifeguard certification agencies which meet MAHC criteria: SAI, the American Red Cross, Ellis & Associates (E&A), NASCO and the YMCA. A StarGuard certification is the equivalent of a lifeguard certification from each of these other agencies.

Internationally, StarGuard is widely accepted. Specific governmental approvals include Dubai Municipality, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC),

SAI can provide your local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) with the necessary information to obtain regulatory approval when needed.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, learners will be able to understand key concepts, perform motor skills, and execute in the five key areas of the StarGuard Risk Management Model™

PREVENTION

Understand:

The importance of early intervention

The drowning process

The components of aquatic risk management

Risk factors in an aquatic environment

Strategies to reduce risk

Effective techniques for rule enforcement

How to give directions to a crowd

How to reduce risk during swim skill testing

The importance of scene safety and body substance isolation

The concept of Universal Precautions and use of Personal Protection Equipment

Common Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) and modes of transmission

Techniques for exposure control and bodily fluid clean up

The importance of guest education to prevent RWI

Objectives and parameters of swim skill testing

Electrical safety guidelines

How to monitor severe weather conditions

The importance of hazard identification

Perform and Execute:

Rule enforcement

Bodily substance isolation and biohazard clean-up

Hazard identification

Swim skill testing

 

SURVEILLANCE

Understand:

Observation skills

The importance of constant, dedicated surveillance

The importance of early recognition

The drowning process

The RID Factor

Zones and areas of responsibility

Distress and drowning behaviors

Scanning strategies

Vigilance strategies

Effective methods of transfer of zone (rotation)

Drowning detection technology

Perform and Execute:

Victim Recognition Training (VRT)

3-D Triage scanning

5-Minute Scanning Strategy

Effective scanning methods

Pro-active rotation

 

RESPONSE AND RESCUE

Understand:

Deciding to act

Chain of survival in prehospital response

Legal considerations

Importance of early activation of EMS

Use of basic rescue equipment for land based assists

The advantages of using a rescue tube for in-water rescue

The minimum equipment that should be at any aquatic facility

Adjunct equipment that may be at an aquatic facility

The importance of communication signals

The STAAR aquatic rescue model

How to manage multiple victim rescues

Crowd and bystander management in an emergency

Reporting

Perform and Execute:

Create an Emergency Action Plan

Calling EMS (9-1-1 in the U.S.)

Land-based assist

Entry from the deck

Entry from a height

Front rescue

Rear rescue

Two-guard rescue

Leg-wrap rescue

Multiple person rescue

Emergency escape

EMERGENCY CARE

Understand:

Causes and symptoms of spinal injury

Evidence-based approach to out-of-hospital of spinal injury management

Site-specific adaptations for managing suspected spinal injury

Rescue protocols based on latest CPR guidelines for Sudden Cardiac Arrest and drowning

Objectives of in-water airway management

Objectives of in-water rescue breathing

Objectives of extrication for an unresponsive person

Objectives and safety considerations for use of adjunct equipment

Primary and secondary assessment

Triage

Bleeding control sequence

Symptoms and care for illness: allergic reaction, seizure, stroke, breathing difficulty, abdominal pain, chest pain/heart attack, shock, hypoglycemia, hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, vomiting and fainting, poisoning, opioid overdose, bites and stings

Symptoms and care for injury: concussion, wounds, sprains and contusion, fracture and dislocation, eye and face, dental, burn

Perform and Execute:

Passive spinal motion restriction (land and in-water)

Active spinal motion restriction (land an in-water)

Two-person extrication

Team extrication

First aid care for illness

First aid care for injury

First aid care for bleeding

Airway management

Rescue Breathing for child, adult, infant

CPR for infant, adult, child (1-person, 2-person, high-performance team)

Use of Bag-Valve-Mask

Use of Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

Use of Emergency Oxygen (if allowed)

Unresponsive Drowning Protocol (high-performance team)

WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT

Understand:

Personal safety risks present while working in an aquatic environment

Techniques to minimize personal risks for illness or injury, including skin cancer prevention

Professionalism and accountability

Lifeguard responsibilities and judgment skills

Employer/employee expectations

Importance of pre-service, in-service and fitness training

The importance of being a role model

Considering site and situation-specific circumstances

Perform and Execute:

StarGuard Best Practices

ADDITIONAL WATERPARK MODULE OBJECTIVES

Understand:

Risk factors of play features (slides, wave pools, winding river currents, free-form water areas, children’s play structures)

Strategies for minimizing risk in waterpark settings

Objectives of slide dispatch; play feature rule enforcement

Wave and current action effects on swimmers

Scanning strategies for wave pools, winding rivers, play structures, slide catch-pools and run-outs

Common communication signals used in waterparks such as flags, lights, E-stop management

Recognition of distress symptoms specific to attractions such as slide catch pools, shotgun slides, wave pools, play structures, moving currents

Perform and Execute:

Manage an in-water rescue of a responsive person in moving water such as wave action, current

Provide appropriate care for and extricate person with a suspected spinal injury victim from site-specific attractions that may include moving water, slide trough, and zero depth area

Manage an in-water rescue and extrication of an unresponsive drowning person in moving water such as wave action, current

 

An Experiential and Consistent Way to Train Lifeguards

: City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

StarGuard Credentials

Course Objectives

Fact Sheet

StarGuard for Pools, Waterparks and Waterfront

There are many reasons that aquatic venues of all types are choosing the StarGuard program to train lifeguard staff:

Experiential approach to learning. Competency is developed through a holistic learning experience in which practical skills are integrated throughout the program. For example, Basic Life Support skills including CPR/AED and first aid are integrated into the course. Training is scenario based.

StarGuard protocols are developed using the latest scientific evidence, by world-renowned EMS physicians who serve as SAI Medical Directors. The focus on high-quality skill development and high-performance team response to an emergency. This approach is especially important for infrequent responders such as lifeguards, who must be properly prepared to respond—emotionally and technically.

Blended training option. The online course covers all the key points of essential knowledge; when paired with a scenario-based, hands-on training session, it creates a competent and confident lifeguard. The efficient use of facility space and instructor time helps reduce training expenses, thus saving time and money. Convenience for the student is also a benefit, since the online portion of the course can be taken at any time. No longer does everyone have to be in the same place at the same time to receive a consistent level of effective instruction.

Training Center delivery model. You retain all course fees and control cost, time, and administration.

StarGuard Elite risk prevention system. A comprehensive suite of services that supports the training program if you choose to participate.

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There are many reasons that aquatic venues of all types are choosing the StarGuard program to train lifeguard staff:

Experiential approach to learning. Competency is developed through a holistic learning experience in which practical skills are integrated throughout the program. For example, Basic Life Support skills including CPR/AED and first aid are integrated into the course. Training is scenario based.

StarGuard protocols are developed using the latest scientific evidence, by world-renowned EMS physicians who serve as SAI Medical Directors. The focus on high-quality skill development and high-performance team response to an emergency. This approach is especially important for infrequent responders such as lifeguards, who must be properly prepared to respond—emotionally and technically.

Blended training option. The online course covers all the key points of essential knowledge; when paired with a scenario-based, hands-on training session, it creates a competent and confident lifeguard. The efficient use of facility space and instructor time helps reduce training expenses, thus saving time and money. Convenience for the student is also a benefit, since the online portion of the course can be taken at any time. No longer does everyone have to be in the same place at the same time to receive a consistent level of effective instruction.

Training Center delivery model. You retain all course fees and control cost, time, and administration.

StarGuard Elite risk prevention system. A comprehensive suite of services that supports the training program if you choose to participate.

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There are many reasons that aquatic venues of all types are choosing the StarGuard program to train lifeguard staff:

Experiential approach to learning. Competency is developed through a holistic learning experience in which practical skills are integrated throughout the program. For example, Basic Life Support skills including CPR/AED and first aid are integrated into the course. Training is scenario based.

StarGuard protocols are developed using the latest scientific evidence, by world-renowned EMS physicians who serve as SAI Medical Directors. The focus on high-quality skill development and high-performance team response to an emergency. This approach is especially important for infrequent responders such as lifeguards, who must be properly prepared to respond—emotionally and technically.

Blended training option. The online course covers all the key points of essential knowledge; when paired with a scenario-based, hands-on training session, it creates a competent and confident lifeguard. The efficient use of facility space and instructor time helps reduce training expenses, thus saving time and money. Convenience for the student is also a benefit, since the online portion of the course can be taken at any time. No longer does everyone have to be in the same place at the same time to receive a consistent level of effective instruction.

Training Center delivery model. You retain all course fees and control cost, time, and administration.

StarGuard Elite risk prevention system. A comprehensive suite of services that supports the training program if you choose to participate.