Presentation on theme: "United States Lifesaving Association Salvavidas International Andrew Schmidt, EMT-B, OMS-II D.O./M.P.H. Student NSU-COM."— Presentation transcript:
United States Lifesaving Association Salvavidas International Andrew Schmidt, EMT-B, OMS-II D.O./M.P.H. Student NSU-COM
International Lifesaving Structure Southeast South Atlantic Northwest Mid-Atlantic New England Great Lakes Gulf Coast Southwest Ft. Lauderdale The rest of the world International Lifesaving Federation (Belgium) United States Lifesaving Association
United States Lifesaving Assoc. Founded in 1979 Certifies open water lifesaving agencies that adhere to training and equipment standards The agencies provide in-house training of lifeguards Advocates for drowning prevention and public education Holds regional and national lifesaving competitions Publications Open Water Lifesaving: The USLA manual American Lifeguard Magazine
United States Lifesaving Assoc Gathers, analyzes, and reports annual beach data Drowning deaths Near drownings Marine accidents First aid cases Lost children It has been estimated that the chance of dying from drowning in a body of water guarded by lifeguards meeting the USLA standards is 1:18 million
Salvavidas International Founded in 2006 Andrew Schmidt, OMS-II(NSU-COM), Lifeguard/EMT Justin Sempsrott, MS-III(USF-COM), Lifeguard/EMT Establish a group of young, adventurous medical professionals who all began, and still serve, as ocean lifeguards with a vision: To decrease the number of global drowning deaths by helping to train and organize like-minded individuals within the local population of the areas we visit to form self- sustainable life saving programs.
Current Staff Matt Duffy: Ocean Rescue Lieutenant, Fire Fighter/EMT Jelisse Marrero: RN, Ocean Lifeguard Brian Miller: Paramedic, Ocean Lifeguard Various members of the American Red Cross Volunteer Lifesaving Corps who help with local projects in Northeast Florida Numerous “on deck” individuals ready to participate once the organization grows
International Projects Kingston, Jamaica (July 2006) Guests of the U.S. Embassy Trained members of the country’s first National Search and Rescue Team in Urban Search and Rescue and Swiftwater rescue techniques
International Projects Lima, Peru (July 2007) Trained local and national lifeguards and police in basic open water lifesaving techniques Advocated for government support and standardized national lifesaving programs Lima, Peru (December 2007) Expanded training to include members of the public and popular surf camp Held lifesaving competition Arequipa, Peru (Planned December 2008) Plans to train a corps of instructors to ensure sustainability
Local Projects The Beach and Beyond Carver Community Center in Jacksonville Beach, FL Teach children basic water safety skills Educate parents and raise awareness
Basic Philosophy “90% of life is just showing up” Seek out the need and go address it Application to U.S. based programs Much more difficult Red tape Competition Requires more careful planning (C.Y.A.)
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