Tag Archives: training

How many hours of in-service do you require for lifeguards?

While the requirement for lifeguard in-service varies from state to state, the current industry standard is one hour per week for every lifeguard on your staff, with some flexibility depending on how many hours they work.  Some states and agencies allow one hour for every 40 hours that are worked, but our recommendation has always […]

Updating Policies

One of the primary keys to having a successful aquatic facility operation is the development and implementation of policies and procedures.  Aquatic facilities need policies in regards to a variety of issues that will come up on a daily basis, including hours of operations, admission prices and refunds, severe weather, parental supervision, outside groups and […]

Training

It Is critical that all aquatic operations have a comprehensive onboarding and training process for all new and returning team members.  Back in my aquatic manager days, I made the mistake of telling myself that I “didn’t have time for training my management/supervisory team” and that was the biggest mistake I ever made, and I […]

Lifeguarding

Teach your lifeguards where to look. Lifeguards need to know their zone of protection for each stand they cover like the back of their hand. They need to know where their zone begins and ends; where any blind spots may be; how the glare on the surface changes from stand to stand depending on the […]

Auditing Your Lifeguards

Why Recognition is Difficult There is a common misconception that if the lifeguard is paying attention and seated on an elevated lifeguard stand, that they will easily be able to spot a struggling swimmer.  This could not be further from the truth.  Surface turbulence due to swimmers or wind, deep pools, and possible sight obstructions […]