HQ SWIM SCHOOL SAFETY TRAINING FOR SWIM COACHES

HealthQuest’s Tracy Talbott, swim instructor, CPR/First Aid trainer, water safety instructor, coach, safety consultant and mom, had the help of her son and professional swimmer/Olympic hopeful Reece, on a recent balmy evening at the HQ Fitness Pool for a Safety Training for Swim Coaches.

 The team gathers in the 82º Fit Pool at HealthQuest for Safety Training

The team gathers in the 82º Fit Pool at HealthQuest for Safety Training

HealthQuest’s Swim School Instructors gathered around a BACKBOARD, RESCUE TUBE and other emergency equipment as Tracy led them through several basic water safety and swimmer rescue training exercises.

 Tracy outlines the training plan.

Tracy outlines the training plan.

Tracy led her crew through several exercises instructing them on the finer points of swimmer extraction from the pool. Demonstrations on the proper use of the ‘Shepherd’s Crook’, the ‘Life Ring’ and the time tested ‘Grab My Hand!’ were all performed. Rescuers also got to practice with the ‘Backboard Extraction Method’ and learned how to safely pull a swimmer out of danger on the rigid backboard.

 Swimmer extraction techniques were demonstrated.

Swimmer extraction techniques were demonstrated.

Tracy enlisted the help of HQ Swim Coach and former UCLA Head Life Guard, Chris Page to demonstrate techniques for rescuing a distressed swimmer in the pool using only a Safety Tube and your wits! The ‘pull out,’ or getting the swimmer out of the pool solo, is the big challenge and Chris’ help was invaluable in demonstrating proper form and technique!

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 The tricky technique of staying safe while retrieving a distressed swimmer from within the pool and pulling the swimmer out of the pool were demonstrated by Tracy and Chris.

The tricky technique of staying safe while retrieving a distressed swimmer from within the pool and pulling the swimmer out of the pool were demonstrated by Tracy and Chris.

Finally team members hopped into the pool and got to practice the ‘head splint’ swimmer rescue technique themselves!

 Tracy demonstrates the technique - Alexa and Teresa show off their new skills!

Tracy demonstrates the technique - Alexa and Teresa show off their new skills!

HealthQuest is serious about safety! Tracy Talbott keeps our instructors and staff up to date on their safety trainings both in the pool and throughout the dry parts of the gym too! Tracy teaches First-Aid, CPR and AED and does certifications for HealthQuest’s many instructors, teachers, trainers and support staff. Learn more here about Tracy Talbott .