Total Aquatic Management


Total Aquatic Management

Total Aquatic Management believes in truth, justice and the aquatic way! Our mission is to make lifeguards "smarter, stronger and faster" so that no one drowns in a lifeguarded pool.

Location: San Francisco, California
Members: 128
Latest Activity: Nov 15, 2015

The Total Guards from our San Diego County Aquatic Council Training

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Do Lifeguards Today Have CTD?

Started by Jim Wheeler. Last reply by bob pratt Dec 17, 2012. 26 Replies

Can you guess what CTD stands for?

Giving Advice to New Lifeguards

Started by Jim Wheeler. Last reply by glenn pang Jun 1, 2012. 15 Replies

If you could tell a new Lifeguard one thing what would that be?

Facility Closure

Started by David J Bucher. Last reply by Lisa Phillips Aug 5, 2011. 6 Replies

What is your protocol when you shut down your aquatic facility due to Code 2 (fecal contamination)? Do you offer free passes, refunds, or nothing to paid customers? Do customers need a validating…Continue

NRPA's National Aquatic Conference

Started by Jim Wheeler. Last reply by Lisa Phillips Aug 5, 2011. 11 Replies

Did you attend? What did you think? I am curious to know peoples impression ofthe "new and improved" NAC and NAM School, got any thoughts ot share?Continue

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Comment by Algreatus "Gator" Batton on July 16, 2012 at 12:52pm

Hey Wheels,

How has summer been on the left coast?  We got hired in super late this year (not even where I would say "good").  It has been a scorcher here in VA.  Over the hump, half way through though.  Working on putting together a leadership seminar for our aquatic supervisors in August, then its time to close everything down for the season.  Seems like this summer has flown by...

Comment by Kimberly Moore on December 28, 2011 at 2:11pm

Well said Jim!

Comment by Jim Wheeler on December 24, 2011 at 10:43am

Happy Holidays to all of those who truly believe in "Truth, Justice and the Aquatic Way!". It has been an amazing year in the aquatic world... NRPA hosted their last ever National Aquatic Conference. VGB knocked the heck out of everyone's budgets and left us wondering what are those crazy politicians that voted to revise VGB were really thinking (or who was paying them off). The Red Cross made the biggest business mistake of their last century by restructuring their business model for Health and Safety without consulting their life long "valued" customers. And Total Aquatic Management continued to grow and thrive without any marketing, promotional efforts or fancy swag. Thank you for being one of the believers, if you know anything about me you know this is a passion not a business. In 2012 TAM will continue look at our industry with a slightly different perspective, we will continue to ask the hard questions, say what many others won't and continue to advocate for our profession, the communities we serve and the truths and values we hold close to our hearts and minds. Happy Holidays to all! 

Comment by Peter Beireis on June 30, 2011 at 9:16am

Now that we have our first competitor in the swim lesson offering I guess the floodgates are open. As Judith indicated this would be a great roundtable or session for CAMS to get multiple ones out there to give their speil on each of their programs. Time to contact Chris and Beth and get them rolling on this.


Comment by Jim Reiser on June 30, 2011 at 8:51am
For a very practical, effective, and reasonably priced Learn to Swim system and Instructor Training-make sure to check out Swim Lessons University   Pick and choose the courses your instructors get certified in or use of them all.   We have a video on the home page that explains how it can be used a supplement or as an all-inclusive learn to swim program.  What's very unique is the video-based training of real classes of children actually learning how to do the skills, to online testing, lesson plans, and even a waterproof bracelet award system! !  All SLU certifications are endorsed by WABC (World Aquatic & Children's Network).    If you are interested after watching free video on home page, feel free to call me on my cell at 1-803-665-8709.
Comment by Peter Beireis on June 30, 2011 at 8:31am
I don't think it is a broken filter just a new high tech one as Jim seems to always be on the cutting edge. I think he is beyond the glass and rose quarts filter elements and has moved on to diamond technology. Just keep it flowing nothing like a clogged filter to ruin the clarity :)
Comment by Alexa Pritchard on June 30, 2011 at 8:21am
I for one wouldn't expect anything less from you Jim. I love your "broken filter." It usually prompts interesting questions and conversations.
Comment by Jim Wheeler on June 29, 2011 at 5:09pm
Com'on Peteman, you know sooner or later I'm going to ask the question that others with a "Non-broken filter" might not ask... Thanks guys, this is going to be a good one!
Comment by Peter Beireis on June 29, 2011 at 3:07pm

Wow, I was wondering how long this topic was going to take to surface. I know I put it on the agenda for our BAPPOA meeting to look at alternatives for folks. There are many alternatives other then ARC from in-house no cost to a variety of programs from private entities. I suspect their will be a huge fallout from ARC and actually predict that their will be a major reversal from them on the swim lesson fee as their will be such a cataclysmic separation from many who are AP's with their lesson program. I look forward to seeing the continued debate on this.

Comment by Judith Sperling on June 29, 2011 at 2:51pm
Alexa, I think you should do a session at CAMS talking about your Instructor Training program.  It sounds interesting and it could be very helpful for some if they had some guidelines or a blueprint on how to do their own Learn to Swim program. With the Red Cross price increase, it could be very timely.  Definitely a hot topic!  J.S.

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