ILS Position Statement: Seizure disorders in lifesaving and lifeguarding

TitleILS Position Statement: Seizure disorders in lifesaving and lifeguarding
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsDr. Beerman, MD, BSc, BSR, CCFP, FCFP, SB
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers01-14

­Seizure Disorders have been recognized to increase the risk of drowning and water related accidents. This is justified for some individuals with some types of seizure disorders but it is not justified for all individuals with seizure disorders. Individuals with seizure disorders register for swimming instruction, lifesaving education, underwater diving certification programs and lifeguarding education and certification. The issue of risk management for this group of aquatic participants is troublesome for aquatic programs, lifesaving and lifeguard programs and standard setting bodies.

The evidenced based principles for making recommendations to individuals, aquatic facilities, swimming and lifesaving education programs and lifeguard certification authorities will be reviewed. The recommendations for swimming, lifesaving and lifeguarding for individuals with seizure disorders will be presented and reviewed.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Participants will become aware of issues concerning Seizure Disorders and that some and the unique nature of the condition in individuals
  2. Participants will review the evidence and the evidenced based process for the seizure disorders and how this may or may not increase risks of drowning and water accidents.
  3. Participants will review the principles and evidenced based recommendations for individuals with seizure disorders for swimming, lifesaving, lifeguarding and scuba diving.
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