How can the aquatics industry leverage technology to optimize operations and communication?
That question keeps Chris Griffith up at night. Aquatics director for the city of Paul’s Valley, Okla., Griffith has loved being in the water since childhood. His first job in the industry was lifeguarding at the Slippery Falls Scout Ranch.
Today, he is making his mark, combining a love of aquatics with a passion for technology. He serves as moderator of LifeguardLink, Aquatics International’s digital space for all things lifeguarding.
Griffith’s education makes him particularly well-suited for that job. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he has a degree in marketing.
“Being a marketing major has made me far more active on the social networks because I understand that’s where the industry is heading,” Griffith says.
LifeguardLink launched in 2011, and with Griffith’s help it’s a community of 150-plus members and growing. It’s a place for guards to network on a national and international level, and right now there’s nothing like it, Griffith says.
This opportunity to connect with others is particularly important for young professionals, he adds, because it gives them a place to find others who share a passion for aquatics.
At 23, Griffith is a young professional himself, but he’s developed a strong foundation as a member of the National Recreation and Park Associationand the Oklahoma Recreation and Park Society He’s also a charter member of the Association of Aquatic Professionals.
Looking ahead, he hopes to see LifeguardLink expand to include more for full-time professional guards,and more off-season training and information to help seasonal guards stay informed.
Mobile technology is another area where he sees possibilities.
With Griffith and others like him to lead the way, the potential seems endless.