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Life saver

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Robert Esson training to make an ocean rescue from the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, California
Clearwater lifeguards on Earnhardt Beach in St. Petersburg at the first crossing of Tampa Bay that later became the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. Photo includes Terry Tomalin, Ron Collins, and Dan O'Shea
Dwight Crum, namesake for the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim from Hermosa Beach pier to Manhattan Beach pier in Southern California
Lifeguard manning a lifeguard tower at Sunset Beach in Southern California
Honolulu lifeguards
Kevin Moran, Ph.D., winner of the Lifesaving Foundation's Ireland Medal in 2014

noun - Life saver (or lifeguard) is an individual who participates in lifesaving or lifeguarding activities either in a pool or open body of water.

A lifesaver is involved with prevention of accidents or injuries, rescue, resuscitation and first aid, especially in regards to water safety and aquatic rescue. Life savers also refer to athletes who compete in skills, speed and team work in the ocean and can be surf lifesavers. They utilize paddleboards, Jet Skis, PWCs, and WaveRunners to make saves in the ocean.

Those who participate in lifesaving activities as a volunteer are called lifesavers, and those who are employed to perform lifesaving activities are called lifeguards.

Usage

There are always life savers mandated to provide safety services at the local ocean swimming competitions.

Synonyms

surf life saver, lifeguard, ocean lifeguard, lifesaver, beach patrol

North Shore Lifeguards

History

Lifeguards of Long Beach

Lifesaving Foundation’s Ireland Medal

The Ireland Medal is awarded to an Irish person or organisation or to a person of Irish descent in recognition of an exceptional contribution to saving lives from drowning. The medal has a high status within world lifesaving circles due to the quality of medal recipients, often generates valuable publicity for lifesaving, and frequently draws attention to hidden or overlooked aspects of drowning. Ireland Medal recipients include the following:

2014: Kevin Moran, Ph.D. (Ireland)
2013: Professor Stephen Langendorfer, Ph.D. (U.S.A.)
2012: John Connolly (Ireland)
2011: Professor Linda Quan, M.D. (U.S.A.)
2010: Patricia Wilcox (South Africa)
2009: Dublin Fire Brigade (Ireland)
2008: Chief Justice Terence Higgins, AO (Australia)
2007: Foyle Search & Rescue (Northern Ireland)
2006: Garda Commissioner Eamonn Doherty (Ireland)
2005: Professor John Pearn, AO (Australia)
2004: Surgeon Admiral Frank Golden, OBE (Ireland & United Kingdom)
2003: An Garda Siochana (Ireland)

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