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Feature Story

March 2019

Smarter Lifeguard Management

By Dave Ramont

As the use of technology has become more prevalent in aquatics industry, Counsilman-Hunsaker has developed a series of HydroApps, meant to assist in the regular operations of an aquatics facility. These web-based applications provide facilities with aquatic knowledge and innovation, and the tools to streamline documentation, record-keeping and compliance.

Recently, Counsilman-Hunsaker collaborated with the American Red Cross to offer their newest HydroApp for aquatic facility operators, the Lifeguard Manager Application. This customizable web-based app streamlines staff tracking and reporting to improve safety, efficiency and sustainability. They believe that this can also help venues attract and retain the industry’s most professional lifeguards.

Lifeguard Manager provides aquatic facilities with the necessary tools needed to track lifeguard performance and training, including certification tracking, skill evaluations and scanning observations, as well as individual lifeguard in-service history. By providing real-time tracking of staff training, facility owners and operators have the ability to reduce operational risk. The application also provides analytical tools and built-in data that will assist with code compliance through electronic documentation of staff certifications, testing and evaluations.

The Lifeguard Manager application brings together the two organizations’ expertise and capabilities. Kevin Post, principal and director of aquatic operations at Counsilman-Hunsaker, said that the goal was to create a tool that would become a critical piece of any risk management plan. “This is the next step for our on-going collaboration with the American Red Cross, combining the experience and resources of two of the aquatic industry leaders to help facilities better manage their team.”

The Red Cross assisted with branding and marketing, and provided the guidelines on which the project is based.

The American Red Cross has served the aquatic industry for more than a century, and has long been recognized as the gold standard in aquatic training and innovation. And with more than 300,000 participants in their lifeguarding programs each year, they’re the largest aquatics training organization in the United States. Their programs and certification standards are developed in conjunction with the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, a diverse group of professionals drawing on aquatic, medical, scientific and academic expertise.

Joshua Rowland, aquatics product manager for the Red Cross, said they were very excited to have the opportunity to work with Counsilman-Hunsaker on this project. “Aquatic facility operators and supervisors will find the Lifeguard Manager Application a valuable resource that allows them to more easily and efficiently manage staff training, certifications and reporting.”

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