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Whistle System

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Wheeler Dec 4, 2016. 2 Replies

We will be meeting in a few weeks to discuss our plans for the operation of our outdoor water park this season. One of the topics I would like to bring up is our whistle system. There has been a lot…Continue

Tags: whistle

Life Jacket Policies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan Satira Aug 14, 2014. 1 Reply

Just curious what everyone's life jacket policies are. I manage 2 facilities, an indoor YMCA/Boys and Girls Club and a large outdoor facility which is owned by our city. Because they are next door to…Continue

Tags: rules, policies, uscg, vests, jackets

New program ideas?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Reed Jun 13, 2014. 4 Replies

We are currently looking into some programs to bring in new members to our facility. Currently, we have the basic array of water aerobics and lap swims. We have fairly good attendance for these…Continue

Lifeguard subbing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Reed Jul 10, 2014. 4 Replies

Hi everyone. I've just stepped into my new role of aquatics coordinator/director and am trying to put in place a system for my guards to find their own coverage for their shifts. Before now, the…Continue

Tags: request, time, off, leave, sick

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Jim Wheeler replied to Matthew Reed's discussion Whistle System
"I think you can go with either system, it hard to mistake a long blast for something else. I worry more about "soft whistles" when lifeguards don't just wail into the whistle... A proper blast, long or short usually doesn't get…"
Dec 4, 2016
Jessica Meza replied to Matthew Reed's discussion Whistle System
"I've always liked the long blast for emergencies. It's difficult for a lifeguard who is in the process of responding to focus on blowing three short blasts- the easier option is a long blast that they can continue until they enter the…"
Sep 14, 2016
Matthew Reed replied to Ron Arendas's discussion RE: A New Approach to Lifeguard Audits
"Hey Ron, I agree that a lot of these drills can be a very poor gauge for lifeguard testing-particularly the silhouette drills and red ball drills. What do you suggest we as operators do instead? At our facility, we do a combination of tests to try…"
May 10, 2016
Matthew Reed replied to Ron Arendas's discussion RE: A New Approach to Lifeguard Audits
"Hey Ron, I agree that a lot of these drills can be a very poor gauge for lifeguard testing-particularly the silhouette drills and red ball drills. What do you suggest we as operators do instead? At our facility, we do a combination of tests to try…"
May 10, 2016
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Mar 7, 2016
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Whistle System

We will be meeting in a few weeks to discuss our plans for the operation of our outdoor water park this season. One of the topics I would like to bring up is our whistle system. There has been a lot of confusion the past couple summers and I am searching for a better way of doing things.. What do you use for a system? Our indoor and outdoor facilities use different systems as they have ver different needs but here is what we have:Indoor Pools (typical YMCA-6 lane lap pool, + smaller…See More
Feb 18, 2016
Matthew Reed replied to Clemente J. Rivera's discussion ORP vs. PPM Control: Which is Best for my Facility? - Discussion with a Controller Manufacturer...
"We use ORP control for our chloinator, but I find that I am having to constantly adjust the ORP setpoint in order to get the correct amount of sanitizer in the water."
Nov 17, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Sara Schmalfeldt's discussion In-Services
"I used to do the 1 hour per month in-services but found that a lot of my guards weren't coming. Currently I am doing a 2 hour in service once per session (every 7-8 weeks). I give the guards 2 options for days/times and they have to attend one…"
Oct 26, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Jason Amos's discussion Treating Algae
"One of the important things with algae is to make sure you keep up your treatment long enough to get rid of 100% of it. Shocking or adding an algaecide alone using kills the top layer of algae, but then the dead top layer can actually protect…"
Oct 21, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Jason Amos's discussion Treating Algae
"What do you currently use for chemicals in your pool?"
Oct 19, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Travis Smith's discussion Community Pool Management
"Do you use pool supervisors at each pool? That seems like the best way to enforce policies. I work for a boys and girls club/YMCA and the city here contracts out to us to manage the municipal pool complex. We employ about 25 guards for the summer…"
Sep 1, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Jennifer Brehob's discussion Two way radios in lifeguarding supervision
"We use walkies at our outdoor facility so that the manager and counter staff can talk to one another. We used to have one at the top of our slide tower as well (it has a good view of the whole park) but that one took too many trips down the slides…"
Aug 10, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Jason Chacon's discussion Photos / Video during public recreation swim?
"We currently require patrons to check in with the lifeguard on duty before taking any pictures. We have signs posted to let people know about this rule."
Jul 14, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Angela Melby's discussion Spinal procedures
"Our facility follows the ARC practice. pull em out first, deal with the breathing, then worry about the spinal. I'm fairly sure the action of chest compressions is going to be just as bad for their back as pulling them out without strapping…"
Jun 1, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Sara Schmalfeldt's discussion Outdoor pool temperature
"Last year on opening day our outdoor pool was 58 degrees and the air was just above 70. We do not heat our pool, so whatever temperature it is is what we swim in. Why do you heat the water so high if you don't mind me asking? For an outdoor…"
May 28, 2015
Matthew Reed replied to Tukz Taaca's discussion Does a City Government Parks & Recreation Department required to have Certified Swim Instructors to teach swim lessons?
"I've worked at facilities that teach YMCA lessons, American Red Cross Lessons, and the Michael Phelps IM Program. Generally, I think the biggest benefit is just the recognition of being associated with one of these organizations. Many pools do…"
Mar 2, 2015

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