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policy on patrons hitting on Guards?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Albert Hardy Apr 25, 2013. 7 Replies

"mold" problem

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Nick Bacon replied to Ryan Satira's discussion Blended Learning
"we just did our first blended learning Lifeguard Review course and it wasn't bad, except that the total classroom/in-water training time wasn't significantly reduced from the standard review course.  We are going to hold a full…"
Feb 27
Nick Bacon replied to Bob Manners's discussion Indoor pool lightning policy
"I also subsribe to the belief that there is no cause to close and indoor pool due to lightning.  In my career I have worked beaches and pools, both indoor and outdoor, and have always followed the recommendation that if you hear thunder or see…"
Jun 27, 2013
Ricardo Freitas replied to Nick Bacon's discussion "mold" problem
"We has the same problem and after we took the mold out with bleach we painted with a hiphoxy base paint and has been working."
May 29, 2013
Clemente J. Rivera replied to Nick Bacon's discussion "mold" problem
"Hi: Thats not mold.  you have a scale problem.  test your shower water and get back to me with the pH, alk and calcium readings... "
May 23, 2013
Albert Hardy replied to Nick Bacon's discussion policy on patrons hitting on Guards?
"Thats crazy I just an 80 year old man hit on one of my guards but found out she wasn't young enough for him.We really don't have a policy in place about that but that is a wonderful idea to…"
Apr 25, 2013
Dave Allen replied to Nick Bacon's discussion policy on patrons hitting on Guards?
"First, we do not have a specific policy in our facility, although I am now thinking we may need to develop one now! I agree with all of the comments so far.  Based on the information you gave, this could be sexual harassment (especially the…"
Apr 25, 2013
Shawn P. DeRosa replied to Nick Bacon's discussion policy on patrons hitting on Guards?
"Great response Stephen!  I may add that failure to take steps to address the issue could result ultimately in a claim of third-party sexual harassment. This could occur when patrons harass staff, management knows about it and then fails to…"
Apr 24, 2013
Jeanne-Marie Kavanagh replied to Nick Bacon's discussion policy on patrons hitting on Guards?
"Great thread going here.  : ) Thanks Stephen. A lot of topics you bring up depend on the activities and populations using a particular pool. Definitely consider the scenarios that could arise in any of your usual situations from the…"
Apr 23, 2013
Stephen Keifer replied to Nick Bacon's discussion policy on patrons hitting on Guards?
"I like where Jeanne-Marie is going with her follow-up letter.  It has seemed to work in that situation.  I am concerned when that inappropriate behavior becomes sexual predatory behavior.  Do you have a stepped enforcement…"
Apr 22, 2013
Jeanne-Marie Kavanagh replied to Nick Bacon's discussion policy on patrons hitting on Guards?
"I agree with you that having physically fit young people in bathing suits presents its own challenge in protecting thier innocence at times.  To that end, I do practice some controls like NOT having any clothing with logos on the rear end as…"
Apr 18, 2013
Ricardo Freitas replied to Nick Bacon's discussion policy on patrons hitting on Guards?
"My policy is basically, minimal conversation is allowed " good are you doing are swimming well.." or any question a patron has....Beside that I tell the staff to say "my supervisor wants us keep focus on…"
Apr 16, 2013
Nick Bacon posted a discussion

policy on patrons hitting on Guards?

Does anyone out there have a firm policy on what to do when patrons show an interest in your staff that makes them uncomfortable?  I always tell my Guards to ask them politely but firmly to stop talking to them, citing that it is distracting them from their duties.  But we've recently had a patron that is in his 60's or 70's showing a less than healthy interest in one of our High School Lifeguards; asking her and other Guards about her personal life, making comments about her appearance to her,…See More
Apr 15, 2013
Nick Bacon replied to Rachel Griffiths's discussion What the TEXT?!
"Our lifeguards are prohibited from having their cell phones on them while they are on duty, period.  This includes when they are on-stand and when they are at the First Aid station.  If i catch them at first aid they are told to put the…"
Apr 1, 2013
Nick Bacon replied to Andrew Vaughan's discussion excused or unexcused absences
"Once the schedule is published our staff becomes responsible for that shift being covered, whether they cover it themselves or secure a substitute.  With that being said if the employee becomes sick or injured or has a family tragedy we ask…"
Mar 20, 2013
Joe Andrews replied to Nick Bacon's discussion "mold" problem
"Nick, We get the same discoloration and it is a pain to control. While I have no answers, we experience the same problem and continually disinfect and vigorously scrub the walls. Good Luck and please give us an update if you…"
Feb 15, 2013
Nick Bacon posted a discussion

"mold" problem

Our facility has been battling a "mold" problem for the past several years in our shower rooms. We have had multiple janitorial companies come and look at it, and they advised us that it was not mold, but rather the paint breaking down and discoloring due to the high heat and humidity combined with the alkaline properties of soaps, shampoos, etc. We began repainting every couple of years but the frequency of need has increased. Our current discoloration is happening less than 12 months after…See More
Feb 14, 2013

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Help Wanted; are we looking at a national Lifeguard shortage?

Posted on June 12, 2012 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

As I troll the internet looking for news stories related to aquatics i am noticing a very real and scary trend over the past few weeks; there aren't enough Lifeguards.  In  Tulsa Oklahoma  the city was unable to open all five of their pools when scheduled last week due to a shortage of Lifeguards.  According to Tulsa Parks spokesperson Rob Hendrick the staff was five or six Lifeguards short of the number needed to safely open the last pool.  In Columbus Ohio the Columbus Recreation and Parks…



Posted on October 7, 2011 at 3:17pm 0 Comments

The irony is that if these pools have single main-drains they're going to be in the exact same boat in a few months.

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taking advantage

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 9:59am 1 Comment

I make it a point to try and be fit, after all fitness is part of our business, I'll come in early one or two days a week (really more like one day every other week) and spend 40 minutes or so on an exercise bike while reading the most current issues of Aquatics International or Parks & Recreation. But it wasn't until a conversation with my chiropractor earlier this week that it hit me; I almost NEVER swim in the very pool I run. Long story short; he said "Nick I'm seeing some more… Continue

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At 1:37pm on October 6, 2011, Joe Batarse said…
Thank you Nick. Really appreciate your request.
At 4:26pm on October 29, 2009, Erik Anderson said…
Right on. No worries on the delay, I know how it goes. I appreciate you digging up the info. I am pretty intrigued by hard numbers regarding energy output for guards. Take your time; no rush :)

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