Michelle Koppin
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  • Waterford, MI
  • United States
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Parents Making the Rescue, not Lifeguard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Henry Aug 2, 2013. 3 Replies

I am a firm believer that a parent should also be watching their children while swimming and lifeguards are not a substitute for them to be watching.  I also expect my guards to get in the water for…Continue

USA Swim Team Practice Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Wheeler Jul 15, 2012. 3 Replies

For those of you with USA Swim Teams what do you do about people on vacation that want to practice with your team?  We have a family asking to join our practices with three children for at least 3…Continue

Aquatic X factor problems!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Thill Nov 15, 2011. 7 Replies

I tried to sign in for the keynote and it wouldn't let me!  I started trying at 1:48pm EST and It says I am not enrolled.  The most frustrating part is there is no troubleshooting phone number or…Continue

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Henry replied to Michelle Koppin's discussion Parents Making the Rescue, not Lifeguard
"Joe makes a good point. It's important to be seen to be acting. Even if a lifeguard knows a member of the public or parent will reach a swimmer in distress before them, and even if they realise that entering the pool may not expedite the…"
Aug 2, 2013
Joe Andrews replied to Michelle Koppin's discussion Parents Making the Rescue, not Lifeguard
"I would take a step back and talk about layers of protection. Lifeguards are one of several layers of protection we put on pools (Rules, Personal Floatation Devices, Supervisors, etc.). We encourage active parent supervision as one of the most…"
Aug 1, 2013
Henry replied to Michelle Koppin's discussion Parents Making the Rescue, not Lifeguard
"I don't know the specifics of the situation you mention, so it's difficult to comment - however, it seems you've reviewed the situation and determined the lifeguard wasn't negligent. This is a common issue - both in…"
Jul 31, 2013
Michelle Koppin posted a discussion

Parents Making the Rescue, not Lifeguard

I am a firm believer that a parent should also be watching their children while swimming and lifeguards are not a substitute for them to be watching.  I also expect my guards to get in the water for a rescue when needed.  Recently a parent jumped in to help her child and wanted the LG fired for not getting in the pool.  Upon review he did get up at the exact time, but never entered the water.  Does anyone have any experience talking with parents like this?  I don't want to just say, glad you…See More
Jul 29, 2013
Michelle Koppin replied to Nick Bacon's discussion Private Lessons
"I also have ActiveNet but I have not tried the private lesson feature.  It sounds like it would help us, but finding the time to figure out the details has kept me from changing.  This motivates me to find the time to do it so we can use…"
Oct 18, 2012
Michelle Koppin replied to Bob Weeks's discussion Has anyone had the new Red Cross certificates rejected?
"I too have facilities in Michigan and we have a certification binder.  Our staff work at multiple locations and we just have two duplicate binders. The Binder is labeled and available for viewing from the public.  Our health dept. has…"
Oct 18, 2012
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Aquatics in Michigan

A place to network with Michigan aquatic professionals. Share ideas, coordinate trainings, tell stories, and promote growth and awareness.See More
Oct 8, 2012
Jim Wheeler replied to Michelle Koppin's discussion USA Swim Team Practice Question
"Is  the pool so full that you don't have room for USAS regisered non-member swimmers? It is a tradtion of goodwill and the brotherhood of swimming to let people swim a few practices when visiting, that said it is really up to your policies…"
Jul 15, 2012
Lisa Phillips replied to Michelle Koppin's discussion USA Swim Team Practice Question
"We allow all traveling swimmers to practice with us provided they are current USA swimming members, We simply charge the drop-in lap swim fee and let them join the practice."
Jul 6, 2012
Dewey Case replied to Michelle Koppin's discussion USA Swim Team Practice Question
"To my knowledge, there's no "mandate" from USA Swimming on visiting swimmers.   With that being said, it's tradition (in some circles at least) that visiting swimmers be allowed to practice for a couple of sessions at…"
Jun 25, 2012
Michelle Koppin posted a discussion

USA Swim Team Practice Question

For those of you with USA Swim Teams what do you do about people on vacation that want to practice with your team?  We have a family asking to join our practices with three children for at least 3 practices while on vacation. They are USA Swimming members but they expect to practice with our team at no charge.  Is this common?  I couldn't find anything on the USA Swimming site.  We also have open swim in another pool so it is not like the team is the only thing in our facility.  Our reception…See More
Jun 25, 2012
Michelle Koppin replied to Dave Putziger's discussion Breastfeeding In The Water
"Be careful with this one!  About 8 years ago I tried the whole "no food or drink on deck" with a nursing mother and she was not happy.  I received angry phones calls and threats of a breastfeeding sit in at our facility. …"
Jun 25, 2012
Michelle Koppin and Cara Calkins are now friends
Feb 1, 2012
Gary Thill replied to Michelle Koppin's discussion Aquatic X factor problems!
"Thank you for your interest in attending the launch of the Aquatics International Virtual Conference. We apologize for any difficulties you may have experienced when logging in for live sessions. We worked throughout the day to resolve some…"
Nov 15, 2011
Kimberly Moore and Michelle Koppin are now friends
Nov 15, 2011
Michelle Koppin replied to Faron VanNostrand's discussion American Red Cross Lifeguard Course release date?
"My brochure info is due now too.  It is too bad they pushed back the date so much.  I don't want to post wrong info, yet I don't want to put "check back later" either."
Nov 8, 2011

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