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Posted: November 16th, 2018
How Jeff Ellis Swimming was Introduced

The first step to being able to enjoy any water activity is learning how to swim. Jeff Ellis Swimming was introduced to The Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center-Waukegan Park District in 2017. Waukegan Park District has been a long-standing partner with Jeff Ellis Management for lifeguarding services and needed help providing swim lessons to their community. The Waukegan Park District 2nd grade swim lessons were born!

Posted: November 9th, 2018
Facility Spotlight: Robinson Township Pool

Robinson Township Pool is one of Western PA’s newest facilities. Also known as Clever Park Pool, it went under a major remodel. The pool went from being two separate pools to one uniform recreation pool complete with zero depth entry, a pool liner, three spray features, waterslides, and climbing walls.

Posted: November 6th, 2018
Employee Spotlight: Nick Jugovic

Nick Jugovic has been with JEM since it was established in Western Pennsylvania in 2014. Nick joined with two years of lifeguarding under his belt and really responded well to the Jeff Ellis lifeguard class. Nick said, “I really enjoyed the structure and repetition of skills. It made me feel like I knew what I was doing and if something changed

Posted: October 31st, 2018
baldwin pool spotlight

Baldwin Pool is another one of our facilities located in Western Pennsylvania. Baldwin Pool has been under the company’s management since the start of JEMPA 5 years ago. The pool itself features a diving board, two chute slides, and a splash pad for younger kids. There is also plenty of grass surrounding the pool

Posted: October 25th, 2018
inclement weather procedure

When inclement weather is imminent and pools are operating our staff monitors incoming threatening storms very closely. Evacuation occurs when audible thunder or visible lightning is observed or when lightning gets eight to five miles distant. The wait is 30 minutes after the last observed thunder or lightning before resuming swimming pool activities.

Posted: October 19th, 2018
Facility Spotlight: Dormont Pool

Dormont Pool is one of our facilities located in Western Pennsylvania. The Dormont Pool was built in 1920 and declared a historic landmark in 2002. The Dormont Pool is one of the largest pools in the state of Pennsylvania at over 60,000 square-feet and holding over 1.4 million gallons of water.

Posted: October 12th, 2018
5 minute rule and 10/20 standard

If it is your first time visiting a JEM or Ellis facility you may be confused as to why the lifeguards are standing up periodically and waving their hand in the air. This act is known as a five-minute rule and it is a crucial part of our guards maintaining their 10/20 standard and keeping the pool safe.

Posted: July 28th, 2016
Junior lifeguarding class with Jeff Ellis Management

This summer the JEM Texas team set out to give back to the kids of our community. A specialized junior lifeguard class was conducted for five kids in the community who had expressed an interest in becoming a lifeguard.

Posted: October 26th, 2015
Manager checking air and water quality

Public safety is the number one concern amongst commercial pool managers and lifeguards. Some of the most common safety concerns include drowning, diving and running around pools. However two other major concerns that aren't always remembered are air and water quality

Posted: September 3rd, 2015
Lifeguards group photo

Pool operators can never go too far in rewarding the lifeguards they hire. As the summer wears on, lifeguards need to stay motivated to come to work and stay alert. Proper compensation is a great place to start, but motivation doesn't always have to be money driven.