"With all due respect Jeff, I’m also an ‘old school’ aquatics professional and find your answer incredibly unconstructive. You seem to be wilfully ignoring a massive body of evidence on the topic of motivation, attention span and…"
"Please, don't do drills. At least not manikin drills. I used to do manikin drills at my facility, until I discovered my lifeguards were spending as much time watching for impending drills as they were swimmers. Sure, it made them more…"
"Maybe you could encourage them to make a music video, perhaps to set to the song of a Korean pop-star? It's totally free and great publicity for your pool facility, particularly if you try and fire them straight afterwards."
"Too often I think that we put the weight of motivation and feedback on our shoulders alone- my most recent sucess has come not from my feedback or structured ''program" but, from a simple box that the guards leave feedback for…"
"We have a year round facility so, and incentives (give-a-ways) can get out of hand, expensive, meaningless or forgotten about. And sometimes giving out prizes for doing your job just feeds the beast. Realizing this we were having a problem with…"
As an "old school" aquatics professional and long time lifeguard, I find both your question and the state of life guarding in general very disturbing. What more motivation does one need to embrace the fact that they are…"
"I actually do alot of team building at our in-service trainings just to keep the spirit up & not go where we know lifeguards can go while in the chair on duty, i.e complacent, lazy, inattentive, attitudy, bored, etc. Some good ones…"
I believe that having a pay scale based on expierience and certification level is key.
Our Lifeguards starting range is $7.40-$8.69, WSI's (JES Instructor) is $8.69-$13.14, and Managers start at $9.39.
The city used to give $.25 raises…"
"We also have a pay-scale, but due to budget concerns we're not allowed to give raises at the moment. It works(ed) well, and people would obtain additional certifications just to get the higher rate of pay."
"We have a 10 step scale.
Lifeguards start at $9.00 per hr. going up 50 cents each step. Starting step depends on experience. Step advance occurs annually if merited depending upon performance.
Swim instructors start at $10.50 per hr. also increasing…"
Well, at the first of the year minimum wage will be going up yet again. I am sure this is taking a tole on everyone's budget especially since it will keep going up. We employee roughly 400 lifeguards a year and were thinking of implementing a pay scale depending on how many years you have been with the company and you can gain raises by getting additional certifications. What i would like to know is, does anyone else use a pay scale for their staff? What is everyone else doing out there and…See More
"I was a diver in college and it is very important to take multiple jumps on the board. It gets divers warmed up and get a feel for the board. I would suggest only letting the more experienced divers do this. Other than that i…"
"I like "Guard of the hour" each hour of recreation swim the most attentive gaurd gets the golden (yellow) rescue tube. It keeps them fresh and makes the manager stay on deck to watch and pick the next hours guard. I like "Aquatics…"
Hi Adam. I remember your name from talking with Jill. My wife and I went to her wedding last month. She seems really happy.
I work for a company that does aquatic architecture and engineering for competition, recreation, and leisure aquatic facilities (pools, spa's, water parks, lakes, streams, ponds, water features). Our website is www.aquaticdesigngroup.com