The World Health Organization’s recently published Global Report on Drowning found that drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide—making the information presented in this new book an important part of the global effort to reduce this health risk.
Written by leading researchers and academics from around the world, The Science of Beach Lifeguarding focuses on the scientific evidence that underpins what is taught to and practised by beach lifeguards. It is the first book to pull together all the different areas involved in beach lifeguarding and evaluate their evidence base.
An accessible and informative reference underpinned by the best current research, the book’s key themes cover the context of beach lifeguarding, the physical environment in which lifeguards work, medical aspects, practical lifeguarding techniques, physiological standards for lifeguards, safety education, and future developments in beach lifeguarding.
The book presents groundbreaking work quantifying the scientific rationale behind a universally accepted fitness standard. It supplies an in-depth examination of the risks and hazards associated with the beach environment, including rip currents and cold water immersion.
The book includes a state-of-the-art review of drowning and a comprehensive chapter on first aid. Detailing the recently announced 2015 European Resuscitation Council Guidelines, this book is a must-have for beach lifeguards, beach lifeguard managers, search and rescue personnel, paramedics, sports scientists, health and safety practitioners, and occupational health practitioners.
Context, History of Beach Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Effectiveness, Data, Risk Analysis and Evaluation, Modern Day Beach Lifeguarding Practice, Physical Environment, Beach Hazard Identification, Rip Currents, Beach Risk Assessment, Risk Assessment in Practice, Human Environment, Drowning, Cold Water Immersion, Human Environment: Implications for Practice, Lifeguarding, Recognition, Vigilance and Surveillance Techniques, Lifeguard Swimming Performance in Surf, Resuscitation Techniques for Lifeguards, Beach Lifeguard First Aid, Effectiveness of Beach Lifesaving Techniques, Effectiveness of Beach Lifesaving Equipment, Technological Advantages in Beach Safety and Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding Practice: Recent Advances, Lifeguard Standards, Injuries and Risks whilst Lifeguarding, Medical Standards, Eyesight Standards, Occupational Fitness and Strength Standards, The importance and Implications of Lifeguard standards, Safety Education, A Behavioural Approach to Safety Education, Beach Safety Prevention Strategies, Effectiveness of Beach Safety Educational Programmes, Safety Education in Practice