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

AI Connect Discussion Forum

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 Alexa Pritchard on June 29, 2011 at 2:46pm

We have developed our own Instructor Training program and have been using it for the past 8 years or so. We have been using our own curriculum for about 15 or more years. Our curriculum and instructor training incorporate the same progressions, cue words, use of equipment and many more consistencies throughout our lesson program. I can attest that the participants don't really care who certified the instructors or where the curriculum comes from as long as their kids are having fun and learning to swim.

I too agree with Sabrina's comments regarding larger agencies versus smaller agencies. It is much easier for larger agencies to move away from the nationally recognized certification because of their in-house resources and expertise.


Interesting questions Jim. Anxious to see what others are thinking.

Comment by Sabrina Amber Taylor Schmitt on June 29, 2011 at 2:36pm



I think your question reguarding a nationally recoginized Learn to Swim Program is a vallid one and close on our minds with the recent fee increase with ARC.

I think back to when i got my WSI working at a resort pool, with a limmited pool of resources and what a great tool it was for a first time teacher.

The ability to have an instructor come and train us on the different progressions, work on our strokes had huge vallue.  I remember using my book every day when i first started teaching, and know that the training helped make me the instructor i am today.


Now i work with a large park district where we have a huge debth in our teaching ranks.  With so many years of experane we can develope and train our instructors i believe quite well without a national recoginized program-


A majority of us all started with ARC, and without that training would we be able to develop our own?

I am not sure if this answered you question-

I think for small facilities that having strong training programs  for them to use is a key to learn to swim programs-vs young instructors working it out as they go.... but is it necessary for it to be a nationally recognized program I am leaning (a bit reluctantly) to no.

Comment by Jim Wheeler on June 29, 2011 at 2:07pm

My 2 question to the group:

Is there an actual advantage to using a nationally recognized Learn to Swim program?

Do you think the participoants really care who certified the instructors and where the curriculum comes from?

Comment by Jim Wheeler on June 17, 2011 at 9:25am
TOTAL Guard training this Saturday in Santa Rosa has been cancelled. Apologies to everyone that registered, the locval host decided the enrollment was too low.
Comment by Jim Wheeler on June 13, 2011 at 10:59am
We had 50 awesome advanced Lifeguards in the pool in Los Alimitos on Saturday, what an awesone training. Some ofthe poeple that were rookies six years ago have turned in to amazing aquatic leaders over the past few years. Thanks CPRS District IX and X for a great day. We also had a great time with the lifeguards in Inglewood on Sunday, this staff is really fun to train and have a great attitude! 
Comment by Jim Wheeler on May 31, 2011 at 8:14am

Hey Sarah,

Great to see you here! We are able to pretty much go anywhere. I will be in Seattle area for the World Aquatic Health Conference and the Washington Recreation and Park Associaiton Aquatic Training in October, we should talk sometime.

Comment by Sarah Carlos on May 30, 2011 at 9:31pm
HI Jim, I met you at the JCC Conference in Orlando. Any plans to expand or bring your workshops north to Vancouver, Canada. (Or even Seattle?) I know my lifeguards could really benefit.
Comment by George Deines on May 26, 2011 at 6:38pm
Jim, thanks for coming to Dallas.  My staff and I had a great time and they are still talking about what a great job you did.
Comment by Jim Wheeler on May 26, 2011 at 4:44pm
Total Guard trainings are going great, the quality of the advanced guards in California, Colorado and Texas that we have already trained astonishes me continually.
Comment by Alexa Pritchard on April 20, 2011 at 10:43am

Jim -

We had four of our staff attend this training last weekend and they all came back super excited and had learned a lot of new things. So thanks to all of you at TOTAL Guard. It was great!


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