The American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety Services department now is accepting applications for its Lifeguarding (r.11) Program Sounding Board. Board members will provide advice and guidance to assist in the revision of the ARC Lifeguarding program.

Sounding board and subject matter experts will be an integral part of the lifeguarding project team and play a role in the research, conceptualization, creation, marketing of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program. The scope of the project includes Lifeguarding, Waterfront Lifeguarding, Waterpark Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Attendant, Lifeguard Management, GuardStart: Lifeguarding Tomorrow, the Aquatic Examiner Service and Basic Water Rescue.

“To remain a leader in the lifeguard training industry we update our programs and materials on a regular basis,” said John Thompson, program administration, Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, American Red Cross. We want to reach out to aquatic professionals so that our programs include their best practices and expertise.”

According to ARC representatives, the approximately two-year project will require ongoing participation from sounding board members including regular conference calls, research assignments, writing assignments, product reviews and other assignments as needed. Work load will flex based upon needs, but participants should expect a minimum of 1 to 2 hours per week.

All aquatic professionals are invited to apply, especially those with particular experience in team building; victim recognition and surveillance; drowning research; aquatic facility management, programming and marketing; management of private and public waterparks; non-surf open-water environments including camp waterfronts; spinal injury management; university or college aquatics education; and risk management and legal aspects.

Applicants must submit an application and resume or CV by 5 p.m. Eastern time, Oct. 28. Sounding board member activities are expected to begin in November and more information on the responsibilities of Lifeguarding Sounding Board Members and Subject Matter Experts is available at https://www.instructorscorner.org/ViewLink.aspx?lnk=853. Questions may be directed to John Thompson at 202.303.5099 or thompsonj@usa.redcross.org.