The California Marine Safety Chief's Association just completed the final draft version of Vehicle Operations for Lifeguards in hopes of creating a nationwide discussion and develop certification requirements for agencies to follow.
The CMSCA developed minimum requirements for Code-3 Marine Safety vehicle operators, as well as, a workbook for instruction. The documents are similar to the Rescue Watercraft Operations packet approved by the USLA in 2018.
Some key reminders for our drivers and wetseat passengers:
Wear a seatbelt when on pavement and roadways- Protect yourself to serve others
Slow down- How you respond to a call is just as important as what you do when you arrive
Focus- Can you save a life if you never make it there?
Remain calm- Observe, Inhale, Visualize, Repeat. You are in the driver's seat. Take control of how you respond to stress
Clear your Vehicle before moving- Clear up, down, side to side, and underneath and repeat prior to putting the vehicle in "go"
Turn to the left- Not just a country dance step. Reduce blind spots by turning to the driver's side when possible.
Copies of the Draft documents and information regarding the San Diego Regional Training Academy can be made available by contacting the firstname.lastname@example.org .