Feature Article - June 2008
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2008 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities


Just as last year, respondents from YMCAs were the most likely to indicate that they do require certification of some kind for some of their staff members, followed by colleges and universities, schools and school districts, and parks and recreation respondents. More than 90 percent of respondents in all of these categories indicated that they currently require certifications. The least likely to require certification were respondents at campgrounds, RV parks and private camps, where less than 80 percent—still a substantial number—require certifications. (See Figure 21.)

The certifications most commonly required for staff members at the respondents' facilities included CPR, AED and First Aid certification, required by 82.3 percent of facilities. More than half also said they required a background check for their employees or a lifeguard certification. (See Figure 22.)