I have a problem.
There is a municipal facility Red Cross lifeguard instructor in my home town that I know is certifying kids in 2 days with little to no pool time and no books or videos. I was astonished the first time I Heard this from a lifeguard applying for a job with me. His lifeguards lack the knowledge to perform skills as simple as an active victim rescue with out problems and forget something like deep water back boarding or passive victim extrication. I have failed many of his staff that have come to my facility for either re-certifications for CPR or Lifeguard Challenges. They just cant do the stuff.
I'm unsure what can be done to keep his community safe, because the city government is too trusting of the instructor who has been running their pool for 25 years. It's a community of 2500 so the "good 'ol boy" system is well in effect and they are unaware of what he's doing. I want to help the people of my home town, because I'm well know for being an aquatics pro there.
What can be done?
I have the same situation here, and every time I hear of him teaching a class this way, I notify the local Red Cross Chapter. One time I even included the link to the web page he was advertising on. This instructor represents the ARC and should have his instructors certs taken away. He is not only miss represnting the RC but he is putting everyone who uses the pools where one of his guards work at risk. Can you imagine the law suit that would result and how bad the ARC would look if this came out? If the local chapter won't do anything I would call National Headquaters.
The more I think about this the more pi**ed off I get so I'm going to stop now.
Thanks for the responses guys.
Now that I am hearing that chapter control is going to the national office, how will we deal with this in the future I wonder...
Ditto all the advice. You should contact the Oklahoma City Chapter, they cover your county. They need to be aware of this issue. Additionally, this is one reason that as employing agencies we should have stringent testing process the prospective employees must pass without failure, it weeds out both those who do not have the commensurate skills required and unfortunately for the prospective candidate brings forward the incompetence or lake of diligence of the instructor.
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