Inservice Training

  • Red Cross Launching New Lifeguarding Programs

    The American Red Cross is releasing a new line of updated lifeguard courses this fall, which requires aquatics professionals to be retrained on new guidelines and procedures.

     
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    One for the Team

    Lifeguards come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Once they’re part of your guard group, they may form new relationships, date each other, break up and make up.

     
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    On the Job Training

    Aquatics managers are faced with the responsibility to ensure their lifeguards are trained to the highest standards, and training those staffers isn?t getting any easier

     
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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.

     
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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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    Pre-Season Favorites

    Training of any kind can be referred to as a necessary evil

     
  • 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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    Hometown Heroes

    Five years ago, the local Red Cross asked me to assist a lifeguard class with a special focus

     
  • Photo by Richard Carson / USA Swimming

    Local Flavor

    We all know the latest national statistics regarding the lack of swimming ability and participation in aquatics programs in the African-American and Hispanic communities

     
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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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    Satisfaction Guaranteed

    In an age of constant communication, when e-mail and texting have the nation all a-Twitter, communication with members and guests continues to be an area that needs the most improvement. For the most part, the age group that safeguards the guests at…

     
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    Teaching 2.0:two

    Time is money; we all have to work within our labor budgets and we all want to maximize the allotted time available. 

     
  • Illustration by Tim Bobko

    Water Gate

    During a warm, sunny winter day, I heard a radio call from my guard at the top of the slide to the guard at the run-out.

     
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    American Red Cross

    It’s not the only organization offering lifeguard training anymore

     
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    Great Experience

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

     
  • Ellis Expands Offerings to Nonclient Facilities 

    Jeff Ellis & Associates is growing its portfolio of services, making its International Lifeguard Training Program available to nonclient aquatics facilities, resorts, individual lifeguard instructors and more.

     
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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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    Dirty Business

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

     
  • The Next 20 Years

    It is my sincere hope that at least one major advance will involve a modification of lifeguard training regimens, in accordance with solid scientific evidence and research — as opposed to the current reliance on past practice, trial and error, opinion...

     
 
 
 
 

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