Category Archives: Aquatics

Waterfront Safety And Preparation

In 1981, I was the assistant waterfront director (AWD) at a camp that had nearly a mile of lakefront on Lake Lure in western North Carolina. When the waterfront director (WD) had to leave camp for a few days, I was called into the office and became the WD after a brief meeting with the assistant camp director that went something like this: “Mitch, you’re in charge, make sure nobody gets hurt.” Fortunately, I felt fairly confident in my promotion … Continue reading

Posted in Aquatics, Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Mar/Apr 2012 | Leave a comment

Day Camp Excursions

Kids + water = camp fun!

Day camps are big business with fierce competition. Sports camps, YMCA and YWCA camps, recreation departments, churches, and community camps are all vying for the interest and attention of parents and children. The more quality activities a camp can offer, the more likely it will be a first choice for families. What makes a day camp most attractive? Water! Exactly what the allure is when it comes to water remains a mystery, but there is no doubt it is an … Continue reading

Posted in Aquatics, Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jan/Feb 2012 | Leave a comment

Shipped Off To Camp

A camp adventure on the high seas.

The challenges of running an outdoor recreation facility keep even the most competent manager on his or her toes. Buying new safety gear, renewing annual insurance, hiring qualified counselors, and updating marketing materials demand constant vigilance. But what if your facility is 89 feet tall, weighs 210 tons, and floats? Add a few layers of federal regulation, limitations of wind and tide, and large, thick pieces of wood swaying in the water, and you have an idea of the unique … Continue reading

Posted in Aquatics, Camp Business, CB Directory Stories, Departments, Insider Access, Issues, Nov/Dec 2011 | Leave a comment

Lifeguard Adventure Challenge

Training lifeguards is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Following the same training procedures year in and year out as outlined by a certification body can be difficult, but there is another effective and responsible way to train staff while simultaneously creating a fun learning environment. Although today’s standards are worlds apart from those established many years ago, I encourage you to raise the qualifying marks even higher. At River Way Ranch Camp in Sanger, Calif., qualification procedures require … Continue reading

Posted in Aquatics, Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jul/Aug 2011 | Leave a comment

A Lifeguard’s Priorities

Here’s a video from West Bend Mutual Insurance Company on how lifeguards should prioritize their duties. For more safety tips from West Bend, go to

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