At Catalina Swim Club,
operators take pride in developing a top-notch, homegrown lifeguard
staff. All guards are members and have grown up learning from older
lifeguards. There are 11 full-time guards, and many work for six or
Lifeguards are stationed around three pools that provide a range of
depths to accommodate all members. The main pool is a heated,
165,00-gallon, 25-yard, six-lane competition pool with an attached
For younger members, there’s a heated junior pool, 18- to 24
inches deep, and a baby pool with a maximum depth of 12 inches. The
main and junior pools are heated, and all three pools have PVC
Club operators strive to maintain a safe, clean environment. To
ensure the highest water and food quality, they communicate
regularly with the local health department. Also, lifeguards are
trained through the American Red Cross and attend regular
in-service training and lifeguard staff meetings.
To date, the Catalina Swim Club has more than 550 member families.
Despite the recession and other challenges facing many swim clubs,
daily attendance at the pool has grown steadily over the past 10
The number of participants in the swim team, swim lessons and water
aerobics also has increased. To maintain visibility, the club is
active in the community, supporting local public television,
schools and several charitable organizations.
Additionally, members receive a set of guest passes — which
often leads to new members — but generally, there’s
still a need to attract new members each year.
A club newsletter, brochure and Website (under development) provide
more information, and targeted advertising and special events also
help generate memberships.
When it comes to lifeguards, managers know that fatigue and boredom
are the biggest obstacles to vigilance. So they developed a
rotation system in which no lifeguard sits in one spot longer than
Another forward-thinking idea is the Gator Den program. It provides
members with the opportunity to open debit accounts, eliminating
the need to carry cash.
“Operators’ ability to maintain a
strong facility and commitment to safety during tough economic
times is impressive.”
- A heated, 165,000-gallon, 25- yard,
six-lane competition pool with a diving well and water slide
- A heated junior pool, 18- to 24 inches deep, 20 feet wide
and 30 feet long
- A 400-square-foot baby pool, with a maximum depth of 12
- A full-size sand volleyball court
- A paved basketball court with one goal
- A fenced-in dry playground
- Two regulation tennis courts
- Concessions and a picnic area