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I have loved water activities for as long as I can remember. I spent summers with my grandparents at their waterfront house on the bay in North Carolina when I was a child. My earliest memories are of being at the pool, or the beach, or wherever there were recreational water opportunities. I remember pruned hands and fingers from staying in the water all day long. I loved going out on the boats we had, fishing swimming and playing, and feeling very at home.

I went on my first waterslide when I was about eight or nine years old.
I became a lifeguard when I was 19, an instructor when I was 23, and an instructor trainer when I was 27.


Dumb Things Smart People Say About Water Safety

I have been operating waterparks for over 30 years.  I have been fortunate enough to never have experienced a drowning at a facility I operated.  We have been tested, but we have always been successful.  I think a fair annual average of attendees at these parks has been 750,000.  That’s 22,500,000 people that came out …


A Week in the Life . . .

A Week in the Life   Perhaps unconventionally, the snapshot of work that you’re going to experience begins at 10pm on a Tuesday evening. A major transport hub for business, commodities and people alike, Dubai International Airport never seems to slow down. We are on our way to Thailand, though due to the nature of …


Commitment from the Top

Is a successful water safety program a difficult thing to achieve? Well, the answer is yes. And the answer is no. Part 2: Commitment from the Top If you look at the organizations with the best safety records over time, you will see that they have one key thing in common, they declare their commitment …


Choosing a Program

I was lucky.  A job in water safety found me.  The company had already come to grips with the reality that water is inherently dangerous, and had made a commitment to safety.  It was a progressive, forward thinking company and they had found, and were implementing the newly formed Ellis & Associates (E&A) Comprehensive Aquatic …


Annual Lifeguard Training

So, initial lifeguard training is essentially the same commitment of time regardless of which program you use, more or less.  The E&A program, the International lifeguard Training Program (ILTP), is 24 hours, but remember, it requires an annual renewal to avoid knowledge/skills erosion.   Now, everyone goes in doing their level best to produce quality …