Inservice Training

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    Putting on the Polish 

    The many available first aid, CPR-AED, oxygen administration, emergency response and specialty venue lifeguard training courses are obvious examples of advanced training you can provide.

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    Taking a Hard Look

    The new year is an exciting time, a chance to start anew

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    A Valuable Lesson

    One of the hardest messages to get across to young guards is the importance of staying vigilant.

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    Great Experience

    Each spring at pools across the country, aquatics administrators begin to hire lifeguards

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    Patterns of Abuse 

    While aquatics programming provides some of the greatest opportunities for youth development, it also presents some of the highest risk factors

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    Suspicious Behavior

    Each year, I provide awareness training to new and returning lifeguards to help them become aware of potential sex offenders

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    Season Finale

    Wasn’t it just yesterday those new guards reported for season opening training? How the season has flown by! From new employees eagerly anticipating the new season, your lifeguards have become experienced workers, happily anticipating not putting on

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    Competitive Advantage

    As many operators quickly learn, in-service training sessions can be difficult. Sometimes the staff is not paying attention or is not too thrilled to be there.

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    Training 2.0:one

    Let’s be clear: We all have limited time, and multiple duties, responsibilities and budgets to work around

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    Beyond the Basics

    At one point in time, lifeguard training courses fulfilled the majority of needs for most aquatics programs.

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    Losing Focus?

    Recently we conducted a study of nine public pools in North Carolina. It reveals where managers need to focus on accidents, rescues and overall safety in their in-service training.

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    Dirty Business

    May 19-25, 2008, marked the fourth annual National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week.

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    Bad Reports

    Everyone has left for the day and you are doing the last of the paperwork and filing.

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    Just the Facts

    This is the time of year when many operators find time to review and make changes to important forms. These forms need to be reviewed and updated at least yearly, whether for the insurance company, legal counsel or yourself.

  • Preparing for the Worst

    In aquatics one simple truth remains paramount: The difference between success and failure is preparation.

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    Season Openers

    With summer right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to begin thinking about lifeguard preparations for the upcoming season.

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    Weekly Specials

    As aquatics administrators, we would all prefer to have a lifeguard staff consisting of individuals who are at least college age.

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    Embattled Red Cross Launches New Guard Program

    The American Red Cross will launch its updated lifeguard training program next month amid lingering customer tension and defection caused by an abrupt pricing policy change in July.

  • The Consequences

    An extensive list of positive and negative consequences for lifeguard performance, such as salary bonuses for additional “off the clock” work enhancing patron experiences, participant safety, and/or general program quality

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    New Initiative to Reduce Lightning Injuries, Deaths

    The United States Lifesaving Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have launched a new lifeguard lightning safety initiative.


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