Edina, Minn., Nov. 7, 2018 – The Edina Aquatic Center has been awarded the Gold International Aquatic Safety Award for exceeding standards and epitomizing safety excellence.
While staff at the Aquatic Center, 4300 W. 66th St., have been recognized for safety excellence before, this is the first time they have received the highest designation of gold.
Each year, lifeguards are required to re-certify and demonstrate their proficiency in CPR, First Aid, deep water rescues, and shallow water rescues with conscious and unconscious victims. During Summer 2018, the lifeguards made 106 rescues, with 65 of those in the diving well and 28 of them in the 5- to 7-foot depth.
“It is apparent that the entire staff embodies the idea of setting the standard in aquatic safety, and swimmers who frequent this aquatic facility are afforded the highest degree of swimmer protection currently available for the aquatic industry,” said Richard A. Carroll, Senior Vice President and COO of Jeff Ellis & Associates, which bestows the awards.
Aquatic Center General Manager Patty McGrath credited the hard work and dedication of all the staff. “I think it recognizes the level of training and vigilance that the lifeguards demonstrate every day,” McGrath said.
The audits are unannounced. Auditors enter the park by paying just like everyone else. They surreptitiously observe and record each guard for at least 10 minutes and watch all the stations in the park. Once that is complete, they announce their presence and run staff through various scenarios to test their responses. They also review the recordings with management staff.
Jeff Ellis & Associates, which trains the Aquatic Center staff, works with parks and recreation departments, health clubs, resorts and waterparks across the world. The gold award puts the Edina Aquatic Center among the elite of all those places when it comes to safety.
The Aquatic Center is currently closed for the season and will reopen in Summer 2019.
For more information, contact McGrath at 952-833-9542 or pmcgrath@EdinaMN.gov or Carroll at 407-401-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.