It’s Time for an Important Discussion
Summer’s arrival again signals conversations turning to aquatic safety. While many focus just on weather or new recreational trends, American Lifeguard Events understands certain issues affecting lifeguard certification require our objective evaluation. As the industry leader, we welcome respectful dialog to continuously advance guardian preparedness.
Standardizing the Curriculum
With multiple training options available, communities reasonably assume all certified guards achieve minimum proficiencies regardless of instructor. However, reports show skills learned varying depending on program. We advocate nationally-recognized core competencies through organizations establishing baseline standards ensuring fair public protection.
Evolving Continuing Education
Once certified, many believe training concludes when true preparedness demands diligence. We encourage supplemental online or practical study through recertification refresher lifeguard courses refreshing vital abilities infrequently practiced like spinal management or boat rescues. Continuing education bolsters competence for a lifetime of guardianship.
An inclusive field attracts the finest talent while making all feel safe enjoying facilities. Therefore diversity, cultural sensitivity and serving varied abilities have become areas requiring curriculum focus. We roll out new course components equipping g uards having delicate conversations respecting gender, religious or disability needs to ensure caring inclusiveness.
These issues impacting critical lifesaving roles warrant sensitive but robust annual review. Productive dialog linking certifying bodies to professionals and public will strengthen this field’s noble mission protecting aquatic health through excellence. All who share water’s bounty deserve our unified efforts sustaining security for generations.
Promoting Comprehensive Wellness
Guardians face immense demands, yet physical and mental fitness remain paramount. We’ve expanded fitness portions to align with evolving medical guidance, now assessing full-body mobility, endurance and even nutritional education supporting duty’s demands. Early intervention bolsters long careers maintaining peak performance.
Addressing Burnout Risks
With understaffing and overtime concerns, compassion fatigue risks can rise. Therefore, our courses provide stress coping strategies and encourage open wellness dialogs between facilities and team members. Optimal support nourishes fulfilling, balanced careers committed to caregiving.
Elevating the Profession
These vocations deserve credit commensurate with responsibilities. By relaying demands through respected industry events and targeted recognition programs, we aim attracting the quantity and caliber fulfilling open positions nationwide. Committed leadership strengthens both field and philanthropic spirit at aquatic hubs.
Embracing Virtual Learning
While practical experience remains core, eLearning supplements benefit working professionals. Interactive modules on specialty topics are in development, providing knowledge foundation prior to hands-on certification. Asynchronous study boosts accessibility valuing schedular needs.
Optimizing Assessment Methods
Effectiveness and fairness require evaluating all features, from curricula and instruction to facilities and testing procedures. We welcome third-party reviews ensuring zero areas fall below standards preparing future guardians optimally. Growth stems from objective evaluation and pilot programs.
In Pursuit of Excellence
At American Lifeguard Events, we view guardianship as a noble calling deserving our committed leadership pursuing best practices. While proud of industry contributions, complacency compromises mission; instead, constant self-improvement fortifies this field.
Our pledge remains open dialogue convening all stakeholders – from certifying bodies to professionals, facilities and public served. Together, through respectful review exploring innovations, sharing research and exchanging ideas, water’s protectors and communities supported will reach new heights of excellence safeguarding all populations.
A Career Worth Championing
These vocations require dedicated individuals making safety their lifelong purpose. By prioritizing wellness, promoting fair compensation and establishing respected certification standards, more suitable candidates may answer noble calling’s call. Strong guardian forces strengthen public health overall.
An Eventful Discussion
As summer 2018 begins, let conversations turn to certification’s future. At American Lifeguard Events, we welcome all joining fruitful exchanges at our national gathering exploring topics raised and brainstorming collective solutions. Your participation enriches both guardian preparation and waterways’ security for generations.
Our Promise: Guardianship’s Golden Age
This dialogue marks promise to establish gold certification standards addressing key issues through evidence-based techniques maximizing protection. With unity of vision and shared commitment to continuous progress, aquatic hubs and patrons nationwide will enter guardianship’s new era of renaissance – the golden age of preparedness, caregiving and trust under watchful eyes ensuring water’s bounty remains safely enjoyed by all.
American Lifeguard Events believes these conversations warranting productive discussions each season will only serve to fortify aquatic safety as a progressive field dedicated to excellence. While water protection relies upon mastering rescue fundamentals, stagnation will not support evolving communities or attract coming generations to this noble role.
ALE reiterates our pledge to thoughtful evaluation, seeking all stakeholder input objectively and striving for representative leadership through accessible training programs. Most importantly, we remain committed to championing guardianship as a respected career inspiring passion, deserving of equitable support and recognition for the crucial public service provided. Read more information click here.