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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.

Posted: August 6th, 2015
Jeff Ellis Management Lifeguards and North Lauderdale Fire-medics train together for potential drowning scenarios

The North Lauderdale Fire Department and Jeff Ellis Management lifeguards conducted an unannounced training exercise to prepare for the summer pool season.

Posted: July 15th, 2015
Clean water in swimming 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.

Posted: January 21st, 2015
Children at pool

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.

Posted: January 21st, 2015
Rescue tube in front of pool

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.