Category Archives: March/April 2013

On Guard

Be on your toes when supervising lifeguards. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / sonofakinger

The possibility of a missing swimmer or drowning victim is one of the most stomach-churning thoughts of a camp administrator. Consequently, it is vitally important for lifeguards to have the proper tools, training, and supervision. Here are some key factors to ensure that aquatic staff members provide a safe experience: Certified lifeguards should be trained on specific aquatic practices and equipment. Lifeguards have, indeed, been tested in emergency recognition and appropriate rescue techniques. However, the curriculum of various certifying organizations … Continue reading

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Just Add Water

One way to grow a camp aquatics staff is to implement a training course for older campers. Photo Courtesy Of Scott Paulus

Any camp director can hire staff members and then provide lifeguard-, boating-, and swim-instruction certification prior to the start of the summer season. However, there are certain drawbacks to staffing a waterfront with newly certified staff members. Questions may arise as to their preparedness: • Will they be ready to respond in an emergency? • Having had little actual practice, will they be able to successfully instruct the camp’s specific swimming/boating curriculum? • Will they be able to adapt to … Continue reading

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Wading Through Possibilities

Take time for proper planning before implementing a new waterfront activity. Photo Courtesy Of YMCA Camp Timbers

Your supervisor has just asked you to implement a new activity for the camp’s aquatic program. Excitement starts to build as you have been looking forward to this project for a long time. Will you bring in new sailboats? Maybe start a whitewater kayak program or possibly a sea kayak program? The camp down the road has a “blob,” and all of your campers are asking for one, too. Where do you begin? Brainstorming Phase Brainstorming is the most exciting … Continue reading

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Camp Aquatic Safety

Everyone loves being on the water! Make sure all of your staff are trained in aquatic safety. Photo Courtesy Of Falcon Camp

Whether the camp has a pool or a lake, most staff members will say the water is a favorite place for campers. After campers have been running around in the sun most of the day, the local watering hole is a great place to cool off. It’s also one of the most dangerous places on camp grounds. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the second-leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14; … Continue reading

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Choosing What Matters Most

Aquatic activities have always been a large part of my life. I was one of those kids that learned how to swim before I walked. Growing up, the worst days of summer were those when I had the dreaded swimmer’s ear and wasn’t able to get into the water! My favorite class throughout high school was lifeguarding; it was a class that I had looked forward to for as long as I could remember. Before I was a lifeguard, I … Continue reading

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