Are you managing an aquatic team? Make sure they are up to date when it comes to certifications and poolside trainings.
Here’s what you need to consider…
- Ensure lifeguards are certified by accredited organizations. The American Red Cross, YMCA, Ellis and Associates and StarGuard Elite are nationally recognized programs.
- Keep a nearly organized file containing the copies of all current and former staff members.
- Make an easily accessible spreadsheet noting expiration dates of all certs.
- Check all certifications monthly and proactively require recertification as needed.
- Consider running in-house certifications to make for convenient updates.
CPR/AED and First Aid Training:
- Require lifeguards to maintain current CPR and first aid certifications.
- Train lifeguards in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for rapid response to cardiac emergencies.
- Ensure AEDs are readily accessible and regularly maintained.
- Conduct regular drills and scenarios to practice emergency response skills.
- Follow the protocols listed in step one to ensure continued compliance.
- Implement ongoing in-service training to review and reinforce lifeguard skills.
- Schedule regular skill assessments and mock rescues to maintain readiness.
- Find more information on topics to cover here: In-Service Topics for Lifeguards
Water Safety Education and Rule Enforcement:
- Provide lifeguards with training in water safety principles and risk assessment.
- Ensure lifeguards are knowledgeable about pool rules and regulations.
- Schedule regular meetings to discuss rules and their consistent enforcement amongst your team.
Emergency Action Plan (EAP):
- Develop and regularly update a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan.
- Conduct regular drills to ensure lifeguards and staff are familiar with emergency procedures.
- For more information on Emergency Action Plans, check out our EAP building article.
Customer Service Training:
- Train lifeguards and staff in effective communication and customer service skills.
- Encourage a friendly and approachable demeanor with pool patrons.
- Train lifeguards to provide good customer service while still keeping safety of pool patrons as their top priority.
Communication and Rotations
- Emphasize the importance of teamwork and communication among lifeguard staff.
- Determine communication strategies between guards when in and out of the guard chair.
- Develop protocols for distance-communication using whistles and radios as needed.
- Train on proper rotation schedules and procedures to ensure uninterrupted scanning.
- Maintain accurate records of lifeguard certifications and training including CPR, AED, O2 Administration and First Aid
- Document incidents, drills, and emergency responses for review and improvement.
- If required, file and maintain pool operations certificates, water safety instructor documents and other compliance certifications.
- Record and file incident and accident reports.
- Record and file all pool operations and chemical treatment documentation.
- Consider digital filing of key records.