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.
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. At the beginning of the class each participant was outfitted with JEM uniforms and equipment. JEM employees Michael Comfort and Zachary Shaw personally trained the junior guards in the life saving skills required to become junior lifeguards.
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.
Whether it's because of neglect or poorly established protocols, not all pool managers are successful in maintaining safe air and water quality standards. That's why we're putting together a few safety steps to help pool managers be more successful.
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. Find ways to incorporate a reward system, which may be based on attendance, performance or even their ability to communicate with patrons.
The North Lauderdale Fire Department and Jeff Ellis Management lifeguards conducted an unannounced training exercise to prepare for the summer pool season.
During a typical Saturday at the city pool, lifeguards stood watch on their posts during a busy day. In the corner of the pool, the supervisor had changed clothes to look like a swimmer and sank to the bottom of the pool without their detection. Within seconds the crowd heard whistles blowing and lifeguards jumping into the pool.
The most current information available from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about recreational water illnesses (RWIs) tells us we should be more aware of the steps we can take to prevent RWIs. According to the CDC, RWI outbreaks associated with swimming have significantly increased in the last two decades.
There isn't a better safety precaution for children playing in pools than supervision. Supervision is an essential part of water safety. Whether you're in the backyard enjoying your own private pool or you're at a public facility where lifeguards are present, supervision is a must.
It is essential for both private and public pools to uphold strict safety rules to ensure the safety of swimmers. Public aquatic facilities should have a lifeguard on hand to oversee that these rules are enforced and are also available when an accident occurs.
One of the biggest mistakes parents make when having kids in the pool is allowing too many distractions. Whether it's making drinks, playing games, watching TV, or socializing, we've all noticed kids getting a little too aggressive or playful while the parents are distracted. In fact, inattentive parents are one of the main causes of child injuries around pools.
Managing an aquatic facility is a challenging task that comes with its share of risks and rewards. It's rewarding because kids and families commute to the facility seeking out fun and relaxation. However there are also risks associated with aquatic facilities and that's why there are pool safety tips that should never be ignored.