Glos·sa·ry

A list of generally uncommon words with their definitions.

We have put together a glossary of terms from the aquatics industry. Use this glossary as a resource for learning or just to refresh your memory. The search area below will allow you to find out more information about a process, piece of equipment and more!

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Wet Drowning

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Drowning caused by fluid in the lungs.

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Automated external defibrillator (AED)

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

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A device that analyzes the heart's rhythm and signals the need to administer an electric shock (defibrillation) to a patient in cardiac arrest.

Coccyx

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The tailbone and last 3 to 4 vertebrae of the spine.

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Inservice

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Training received after obtaining a lifeguard license and becoming employed at an aquatic facility.

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Backboard

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A rigid board with straps to secure the body and a device to secure the head. It is used to remove a guest with a suspected spinal injury from the water while minimizing the movement of the body and head. It is also used without straps to quickly and safely remove an unconscious guest from the water.

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Anaphylactic Shock

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A type of shock that occurs when the body has a severe allergic reaction.

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