Be prepared for water emergencies! If you are responsible for the welfare of those who spend time in or around the water—as an aquatic manager, scuba diving instructor, firefighter, law enforcement officer, or emergency rescue worker—or if you’re a water sport enthusiast yourself, then you need to know how to prevent and manage aquatic accidents. This potentially lifesaving guide shows you how.
The only book of its kind, Aquatic Rescue and Safety
provides detailed information on how to identify, treat, and prevent all types of submersion injuries, from drowning, hypothermia, and cramps to injuries of the heart, lungs, head, and spinal cord. It also contains special sections on dealing with watercraft-related and scuba diving injuries. Written by a veteran scuba diving instructor and water-rescue instructor trainer, the book presents the latest, most effective rescue and first aid procedures—techniques proven to save lives—for all water-related injuries.
The book also examines the causes of submersion injuries to help you understand how to prevent them. It provides specific steps that you can take to prevent accidents, and it gives you the tools you need to promote safety on the water, including tips for people who have children with them in aquatic settings.
Aquatic Rescue and Safety
is ideal as a manual for water rescue training, as a resource for individual aquatic recreation enthusiasts, and as a reference for emergency preparedness. Whether you are simply an avid boater or swimmer or a member of a water rescue team, this book will help you acquire the knowledge and skills to prevent water-related injuries and save lives.
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Table of Contents
Part I Introduction to Aquatic Rescue and Safety
Chapter 1 Drowning
Chapter 2 Recognition and Response
Part II Physiological Considerations
Chapter 3 Water and Body Temperature Considerations
Chapter 4 Heart, Lung, and Head Injuries
Chapter 5 Spinal Cord Injuries
Part III Water Sports
Chapter 6 Swimming Injuries
Chapter 7 Scuba Diving Injuries
Chapter 8 Watercraft-Related Submersion Injuries
Part IV Emergency Procedures
Chapter 9 First Aid
Chapter 10 Evacuations
Chapter 11 Emergency Action Plans
Chapter 12 Legal Concerns
Appendix A Training Organizations
Appendix B Recommended First Aid Equipment
Appendix C Aquatic Hazard Analysis
Appendix D Emergency Action Plan