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This section of the USLA website is a collection of documents and links related to the USLA and lifesaving. 

  • Archives 
    Links to historical documents from the USLA and other sources.
  • Annual Report USLA 2003 - 2004
    The United States Lifesaving Association's Annual Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004.
  •  Annual Report USLA 2004 - 2005
    The United States Lifesaving Association's Annual Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005.
  •  Annual Report USLA 2005 - 2006
    The United States Lifesaving Association's Annual Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006.
  •  Annual Report USLA 2008
    USLA's Annual report on activities and finances for calendar year 2008.
  • Annual Report USLA 2009
    The United States Lifesaving Association's Annual Report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2009.
  • Annual Report USLA 2013
    The United States Lifesaving Association's Annual Report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.
  • Annual Report USLA 2014
    The United States Lifesaving Association's Annual Report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.
  • Breaux v. Miami Beach
    Florida Supreme Court: "We hold that based on the undisputed facts, the City controls the beach area and was operating a public swimming area at the 29th Street location at the time of the accident. Thus, the City had a duty of care to warn of dangers that were known or should have been known, and is not shielded from liability as a matter of law based on sovereign immunity."
  • Drowning Definition—WHO
    Updated definition of "drowning" from the World Health Organization.
  • Drowning Facts—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Facts about drowning in the USA.
  • Forms - United States Lifesaving Association
    Here you will find examples forms for documenting lifeguard activity provided for free download by the United States Lifesaving Association.
  • Guidelines - United States Lifesaving Association
    Here you will find the most recent versions of guidelines issues by the United States Lifesaving Association.
  • Guidelines for Safe Recreational Water Environments
    World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines (2003)
  • Heimlich Maneuver for Drowning
    An article was originally intended for publication in Funworld magazine which discusses the efficacy of the Heimlich maneuver for drowning victims. Author Pamela Mills-Senn. March 30, 2000
  • International Life Saving Federation Position Statements
    The ILS offers position statements on a wide variety of issues pertinent to lifesavers worldwide, including medical advice and lifesaving practices.The USLA is a Full Member of the ILS and a contributor to these statements.  
  • Research
    Research addressing lifesaving and drowning prevention which may be of interest to our membership.
  • Safety Assessments
    The United States Lifesaving Association and USLA officials have conducted a number of comprehensive safety assessments of beach areas throughout the United States. In some cases, these were conducted due to concerns about unusual levels of drowning. In other cases, these were conducted due to requests for expert advice.
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