Category Archives: June 2008

Legally Responsible

The primary duty of aquatic facility staff is to ensure the health and safety of swimmers. Sadly, accidents will happen. I have been personally involved in several legal issues concerning pool equipment failure, gas heater installations and chlorine gas traveling into locker rooms. These unfortunate incidents led me to research ways to protect an aquatic facility from legal implications and embarrassments. Lifeguards, maintenance personnel and other employees do not need a law degree, but they must understand the potential risks … Continue reading

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“Grade A” Lifeguard

“As a lifeguard you have six hours of boredom [interrupted] by 30 seconds of terror,” says Mike Howard, operations director for Coney IslandPark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Sunlite Pool at Coney Island receives almost a half-million guests at its three-million-gallon pool during the summer season. When prospective lifeguards interview, Howard takes into consideration not only the person’s demeanor, but also the answers to a questionnaire, intelligence and previous levels of responsibility. Don Amblo, vice president of operations for American Leisure, … Continue reading

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Guerilla Influence

Editor’s Note: This column, Leadership By Wandering Around, is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and recreation leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. The author will bring up issues that may be common to many PRB readers and … Continue reading

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Stray From The Pack

“I was just thinking that of all the trails in this life there is one that matters most. It is the trail of a true human being. I think you are on this trail and it is good to see.” –Kicking Bird to Lt. John Dunbar in Dances with Wolves When does true wisdom kick in? Is it the accumulation of lessons learned–like burning your hand as a toddler–or is it the rejections, celebrations, joys and sadnesses you experience as … Continue reading

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