Feature Article - June 2011
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State of the Industry 2011

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

By Emily Tipping

Respondents from YMCAs were the most likely to require their employees to be certified, with 97.4 percent of these respondents reporting that they require certification now, and the same number saying they will require it in the future. They were followed by health club respondents, 91.5 percent of whom currently require certification, and park respondents, 90.2 percent of whom require certification. (See Figure 24.)

Respondents from camps were the least likely to report that they require certification now, or that they will require it in the future, though these numbers have dropped substantially from the numbers reported by this cohort last year. While 79.1 percent of this year's respondents currently require certification, 85.2 percent required it last year. And 83.1 percent of this year's respondents from camp facilities said they would require certification in the future, compared with 89.6 percent from this same segment last year.

There was very little change in the types of certification required by respondents, when compared with last year's response. The most commonly required certifications include CPR/AED/First Aid certification (currently required by 84.9 percent of respondents), background checks (78.1 percent), lifeguard certification (59 percent), aquatic management and pool operations certification (33.5 percent) and personal training or fitness certification (29.6 percent). (See Figure 25.)