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DCP Lifeguard 101: How to be fluent in lifeguard lingo

Here is a crash course in all the new vocabulary you will need to learn if you are cast as a WDW lifeguard.

Ellis: Jeff Ellis Management is the company that licenses all Disney lifeguards, you will complete 3 days of Ellis training before starting at your assigned location. Ellis employees will be checking in on you periodically (unannounced) to see if you are following the guidelines of how you were trained

OJT: on the job training. You get two days of OJT before your KAPA day

KAPA: knowledge assessment performance assessment. You will have to pass this before getting signed off on your OJT

IST: in service training, every month you are required to complete four hours of in service training to make sure you stay competent in the skills you learned in Ellis

Coord office: short for coordinator’s office

Base: this is similar to the coordinator’s office

Hip pack: your fanny pack that you must wear at all times while at work

Seal easy: your resuscitation mask that should always be kept in your hip pack

One way valve: attachment for your seal easy to prevent anything coming from someone’s mouth (ex vomit) from getting into your mouth during rescue breathing

On stand: term used to describe when you are in the position where you should be actively watching the pool at all times

Stand: where you will be standing during each rotation. Each pool has a predetermined number of stands, and each stand has a specific area of the pool to cover

Zone: the predetermined area of pool that you are responsible to cover during each stand. You should only ever be watching the water that is within your zone

Rescue tube: this is the long red thing you will have to carry at all times when on stand. You need to have your hands on this at all times when performing rescues

10/20: term used to describe keeping your eyes on the water at all times and always being ready to spot something within 10 seconds and get to it within 20 seconds. If you look away from the water it is described as “losing your 10/20.” You do NOT want to ever lose your 10/20 without first blowing a whistle.

AC: when you are not on stand you may be required to do “AC” (walk around the pool deck and clean it up)

Bump: used to refer to the act of taking over a stand for someone and moving or “bumping” them onto the next stand

Bump schedule: a schedule of predetermined times that each bump should start (meaning one person takes over a stand (ex: castle stand), the person that used to be on that stand (ex castle stand) now takes over the next stand (ex lighthouse stand), and so on)

Audit: when someone (a coordinator, leader, Ellis employee) is watching you to ensure you are doing what you should be doing (ex maintaining your 10/20, scanning the water, etc). During an audit you may be video recorded or VAT-ed.

GID: Guest in distress

VAT: vigilance awareness training. When assessing how well you are watching your water someone places a silhouette into your zone and you are expected to see it within 10 seconds and get to it within 20 seconds

Silhouette: a weighted “shadow” about four feet in length that is placed on the bottom of the pool. If you are on stand and you see one of these in your zone you need to blow your whistle and go “rescue it”

O/A: operational alarm (I’m honestly not sure if that is what it stands for). You push in your O/A button before jumping in for a rescue to alert your coordinators that someone has jumped in

E-stop: emergency stop. You push in your E-stop when you or anyone else jumps in, this will stop any moving water in your pool (ex water running down a water slide)

EAP: emergency action plan

One whistle: anytime you lose your 10/20 (like when you need to jump in for a rescue) you blow one whistle to indicate to the other guards to activate EAP

Three whistle: three whistles indicate that there is a major emergency happening (ex unconscious guest or spinal injury)

10 codes: radio codes you use to communicate with your coordinators when they are not out on the pool deck (ex 10-9 means “please repeat”)

Code V: vomit

Signal 25: fire

AFR: accidental fecal release aka poop

Pargo: a fancy term for a golf cart made to carry both passengers and cargo

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