Staffing Planning – SST

Staffing Planning

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Staff positioning: Positioning lifeguards is the logical next step, and in a way goes hand in hand with site plan review. This is a theoretical position diagram based on the conceptual design of a facility. We use time tested theory to show where we anticipate lifeguards will be able to cover the most area visually. This is not a hard and fast guarantee of quantities or placement, but can be used for budgetary range of magnitude number. Hard and fast only comes when we validate zone assumptions as a part of our vigilance awareness training program.

Operational staffing, including staff recommendations: Before zone validations and after we can calculate your overall staffing needs, based on rotations, breaks, operating day and year, holidays for staff, etc. Before zone validations we will use the positioning exercise as a basis for this, which will then be refined after zone validations are complete.

Section layout, including section HQ locations, supervisory needs and emergency equipment locations: In this phase of planning we explore the geography of the facility including services, sight lines, terrestrial access, density of positions/staffing, etc to establish how to break the facility into manageable pieces for supervisory staff. This then determines the positioning of emergency equipment to ensure appropriate response times. We also identify central locations for section headquarters where supervisory staff can have a firm grip on their individual areas of responsibility.

Zone validations: Validating zones is a process where we test our initial assumptions about lifeguard placement. If we can prove the zone is manageable as we had assumed, we consider it validated. If not, we use what we have learned to adjust our original positioning and try again. Once one zone is validated, we move to the next one and start again. When we can confirm that all the water that guests will be using can be managed safely, can we move on to the next step. Since conditions change during the operating day and over time, we continue to conduct zone validations and record the results as regular maintenance. Since this is an ongoing process for the lifetime of your facility, we encourage your team to work with us so that they can conduct and record subsequent validations themselves.