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Tips: Writing Aquatic Job Descriptions

Posted by | February 9, 2024 | Careers, Certifications, Diversity, Jobs, Lifeguard Jobs, Lifeguards, Open Water Lifeguards, Rescue, Uncategorized

  1. Start with a Clear Job Title

The job title should be straightforward and reflect the exact position you’re looking to fill. Use familiar titles like “Lifeguard,” “Swim Instructor,” or “Aquatic Director” to ensure candidates understand the role at a glance.

  1. Provide a Brief Overview of Your Organization

Begin the job description with a short introduction to your organization. Mention your mission, values, and what sets your aquatic facility apart. This includes your commitment to safety, community involvement, or unique programs. Highlighting your organization’s culture and environment can attract candidates who are a good fit.

  • Detail the Job Responsibilities

Be specific about the duties and responsibilities of the position. For a lifeguard, this might include monitoring pool activities, ensuring swimmer safety, and performing rescue operations. For swim instructors, outline the age groups they will teach, the types of swimming techniques to be taught, and any administrative duties. For aquatic directors, describe their role in managing staff, overseeing facility operations, and developing aquatic programs. Clarity in this section helps candidates gauge if they are a good match for the role.

  • List the Required Qualifications and Skills

Clearly state the necessary qualifications, such as certifications (e.g., CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Certification), educational background, and previous experience. Also, mention essential skills like solid swimming ability, leadership, communication, and working well under pressure. Tailor this section to the level of the position, with more extensive requirements for higher-level roles like aquatic directors.

  • Highlight Training and Development Opportunities

Include these details if your organization offers training programs, professional development opportunities, or pathways for advancement. This can particularly appeal to candidates looking to grow and develop their skills.

  • Describe the Work Environment and Schedule

Provide information about the work environment, including the indoor or outdoor setting, team size, and the typical schedule. Be clear about expectations regarding weekend, evening, or holiday shifts, especially if the role requires flexibility.

  • Include Salary Range and Benefits

Being transparent about the salary range and benefits (such as health insurance, retirement plans, or employee discounts) can help attract candidates by providing a clear picture of the total compensation package.

  • Encourage a Diverse Range of Applicants

Express your commitment to diversity and inclusion in your job description. Encouraging a wide range of applicants can help you attract talented candidates from various backgrounds.

  • Provide a Clear Application Process

Conclude your job description with a simple, straightforward application process. Include where to send resumes and cover letters, required forms or documents, and the application deadline. Providing a point of contact for questions can also be helpful.

A well-crafted job description is your first opportunity to connect with potential aquatic staff. You can attract the best candidates for lifeguards, swim instructors, and aquatic directors by being transparent and comprehensive and highlighting what makes your organization a great workplace. Review and update your job descriptions regularly to ensure they reflect your organization’s current needs and opportunities.

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2022 Youth Learn to Swim Grant Application

Posted by | November 3, 2021 | Uncategorized, USA Swimming

USA Swimming

The USA Swimming Foundation’s mission is to save lives and build champions.  We do this in part by helping to strengthen aquatic programs and provide financial support for children to learn the life saving gift of swimming.

USA Swimming Foundation Youth Learn to Swim Grants are intended to expand current programming in order to reach under-served and under-represented populations and communities that would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to swim. Grant funds may be used specifically for the purposes of offering free or reduced-cost swim lessons (i.e. scholarships) and/or to cover the cost of transportation to/from the swim lesson site(s).*

Interested applicants must be an approved provider within the Swim Lesson Provider Network by November 1, having previously completed the Swim Lesson Provider Network Application within the SurveyMonkey Apply platform.  Youth Learn to Swim Grant applications submitted without having met the pre-requisite Network application and its deadline will be declined.

*USA Swimming Foundation Youth Learn to Swim Grant funds are not intended to provide budget relief, support facility overhead, construction or renovation, aid in the purchase of material goods (including equipment, apparel, etc.), or be used for advertising, promotional, or marketing purposes.  

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Aquatic Coordinator

Posted by | July 13, 2021 | Uncategorized

Aquatic Coordinator

Oshkosh Community YMCA –  –  Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States

Job Description


Job Title: Aquatic Coordinator

Reports to: Aquatics DirectorRevision Date: June 25, 2021
Leadership Level: Team LeaderPrimary Function: Youth Development



Assists in developing, organizing, and implementing high quality aquatic programming. Demonstrates direct leadership, instruction, and motivation for aquatics staff in accordance with applicable policies and procedures. Creates a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes staff and member safety and engagement.



  • Staffing
    1. Leads by example in the delivery of high-quality aquatics programs, instructions, and staff trainings/in-services.
    2. Assists in reviewing and evaluating staff performance.
    3. Keeps staff on task, ensure they are preforming in accordance with established safety rules, regulations and policies, and address concerns with staff as they arise.
    4. Maintains an open line of communication with Aquatic Director and other association & department staff throughout entire tenure of the job.
    5. Acts as department management in the absence of Aquatic Director.
    6. Assists in solving any staffing issues that may arise.
    7. Serves as a trainer for newly hired staff through administering new hire orientations including shadowing/co-teaching shifts.
  • Paperwork
    1. Manages aquatic staff timesheets and payroll information.
    2. Maintains chemistry logs, pool counts, class records, and various staff training records.
    3. Maintains the pool schedule & staff schedule as needed.
    4. Assists with data entry and editing of programs in our registration system.
    5. Maintains accurate records as required by the YMCA and/or the state health department code.
    6. Documents and notifies Director of incidents/injuries, member questions/concerns, damaged equipment, supply needs, etc.
    7. Responsible for assuring the outlined procedures for opening/closing the pool area are fully completed.
  • Departmental
    1. Supervises aquatic program activities to meet objectives. Ensures program quality and monitors staff performance and member service.
    2. Develops relationships with members and obtains regular feedback on programs.
    3. Recommend program enhancements to ensure that members needs are being met.
    4. Performs all department staff competencies exceptionally including those of Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, CPR/Lifeguard trainer, and Water Fitness Instructor.
    5. Maintains certifications listed under Certificates.
    6. Must be flexible with working hours – opening, closing and weekend shifts, as necessary.
    7. Receives and carries out instructions.
    8. Wears appropriate staff attire while on duty including nametag.
    9. Responds to correspondence (phone, email, or in-person) in a timely and professional manner.
    10. Performs other duties as assigned by Aquatic Director.





  • Relationships
  • Communication
  • Developing Others
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Quality Results
  • Project Management




Education and/or experience

  • Minimum of two-years lifeguard experience
  • Minimum of one year of swim instructor experience
  • One to two-years of aquatic related leadership experience as a Head Guard, Aquatic Coordinator, Supervisor or Manager is preferred
  • Must be at least 21 years of age

Certifications – must be current and maintained

  • American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard – YMCA, Ellis, Star Guard is allowed, but staff is willing to recertify as ARC Lifeguard within 30 days of employment
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer with First Aid (2 years’ experience)
  • Lifeguard Instructor – is willing to acquire this certification if not already
  • YSLv6 – is willing to acquire this certification if not already
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen – recommended (required if YSLv6)
  • CPO, Certified Pool Operator or AFO, Aquatic Facility Operator – is willing to acquire this certification if not already


WORK ENVIRONMENT & Physical Demands:

  • Ability to demonstrate swimming skills and ability to project voice to be heard in the pool area.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50lbs. as required, may require more in the event of a water rescue.
  • Ability to perform moderate to intense physical activity that may include sitting and/or standing for extended periods, walking, crouching, kneeling, bending, twisting and reaching.
  • Must be able to remain alert with no lapses of consciousness in a warm environment with air temperatures of 80 degrees or higher.
  • Ability to recognize distress signals.

: Aquatic Coordinator

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Lifeguard Supervisor

Posted by | July 13, 2021 | Uncategorized

Lifeguard Supervisor

Greensboro Aquatic Center – –  Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

*** Extended Recruitment ****
 If you have submitted an application previously for this recruitment, you need “NOT” to apply again. All applications are still under consideration

The LifeGuard Supervisor position will be mainly responsible for supervising lifeguards and some scheduling activities for the recreation therapy pool, with an emphasis on the LTS (Learn to Swim Program) professional development of staff, supervising all pool exercise and swim instructor staff; verify if certain certifications are current and scheduling routine skill training for staff. The employee in this position supervises activities and lane changes in all pools, works with the Operations Coordinator and Coordinator on the Learn to Swim Programs, and supervises and assists on deck and in water with parents, Instructors, and Swim lessons Participants for a wide variety of lessons for all ages. The successful candidate in this position handles patron questions and complaints; has experience and certification in swimming exercise and fitness instruction. ARC Lifeguard is required and ARC Water Safety instructor certifications are required or within six months of hire date. The job is NON-EXEMPT under FLSA.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent combination of education and 4 years of “related” experience
  • 2 years experience supervising lifeguards/swim instructors at a multi-pool facility or aquatic center
  • ARC Water Safety Instructor certification (“OR” must be obtained within 6 months of hire date to maintain position)
  • ARC Lifeguard Certification

An Ideal Candidate Would Also Possess (Preferred Qualifications):

  •  Associates Degree or higher in a related field
  • ARC Water Safety Instructor Trainer
  • Certified Pool Operator certification
  • Aquatic Fitness and Therapeutic certification and experience
  • First Aid, CPR, and other Professional Rescue certifications



Work Schedule: 40 hours weekly, Wednesday – Tuesday; (40 hrs. a week) Schedule varies and includes early morning, nights, weekends and holidays)

: Lifeguard Supervisor

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Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

Posted by | May 13, 2020 | Covid-19, Uncategorized

As public aquatic venues open in some areas, CDC offers the following considerations for the safety of those who operate, manage, and use public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds. Public aquatic venues can be operated and managed by:

  • city or county governments
  • apartment complexes
  • membership clubs (for example, gyms)
  • schools
  • waterparks
  • homeowners’ associations

All decisions about implementing these considerations should be made locally, in collaboration with local health officials. Operators of public aquatic venues can consult with local officials to determine if and how to implement these considerations while adjusting them to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local jurisdiction. Their implementation should also be informed by what is feasible, practical, and acceptable.

Promoting Behaviors that Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Public aquatic venues can consider different strategies to encourage healthy hygiene, including:

  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
    • Encouraging all staff, patrons, and swimmers to wash their hands often and cover their coughs and sneezes.
  • Cloth Face Coverings
    • Encouraging the use of cloth face coverings as feasible. Face coverings are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
      • Advise those wearing face coverings to not wear them in the water. Cloth face coverings can be difficult to breathe through when they’re wet.
  • Staying Home
    • Educating staff, patrons, and swimmers about when to stay home (for example, if they have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days) and when they can safely end their home isolation.
  • Adequate Supplies
    • Ensuring adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene. Supplies include soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), paper towels, tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
  • Signs and Messages

Maintaining Healthy Environments

To maintain healthy environments, operators of public aquatic venues may consider:

  • Cleaning and Disinfection
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at least daily and shared objects each time they are used. For example:
      • Handrails, slides, and structures for climbing or playing
      • Lounge chairs, tabletops, pool noodles, and kickboards
      • Door handles and surfaces of restrooms, handwashing stations, diaper-changing stations, and showers
    • Consulting with the company or engineer that designed the aquatic venue to decide which List N disinfectants approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyexternal icon (EPA) are best for your aquatic venue.
    • Setting up a system so that furniture (for example, lounge chairs) that needs to be cleaned and disinfected is kept separate from already cleaned and disinfected furniture.
    • Labeling containers for used equipment that has not yet been cleaned and disinfected and containers for cleaned and disinfected equipment.
    • Laundering towels and clothing according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water temperature and dry items completely.
    • Protecting shared furniture, equipment, towels, and clothing that has been cleaned and disinfected from becoming contaminated before use.
    • Ensuring safe and correct use and storage of disinfectants, including storing products securely away from children.
  •  Ventilation
    • Ensuring that ventilation systems of indoor spaces operate properly.
    • Increasing introduction and circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. However, do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety risk to staff, patrons, or swimmers.
  • Water Systems
    • Taking steps to ensure that all water systems (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains, hot tubs) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.
  • Modified Layouts
    • Changing deck layouts to ensure that in the standing and seating areas, individuals can remain at least 6 feet apart from those they don’t live with.
  • Physical Barriers and Guides
    • Providing physical cues or guides (for example, lane lines in the water or chairs and tables on the deck) and visual cues (for example, tape on the decks, floors, or sidewalks) and signs to ensure that staff, patrons, and swimmers stay at least 6 feet apart from those they don’t live with, both in and out of the water.
  • Communal Spaces
    • Staggering use of communal spaces (for example, in the water or breakroom), if possible, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at least daily and shared objects each time they are used.
  • Shared Objects
    • Discouraging people from sharing items that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect or that are meant to come in contact with the face (for example, goggles, nose clips, and snorkels).
    • Discouraging the sharing of items such as food, equipment, toys, and supplies with those they don’t live with.
    • Ensuring adequate equipment for patrons and swimmers, such as kick boards and pool noodles, to minimize sharing to the extent possible, or limiting use of equipment by one group of users at a time and cleaning and disinfecting between use.

Maintaining Healthy Operations

To maintain healthy operations, operators of public aquatic venues may consider:

  • Protections for Vulnerable Staff
  • Offering options such as telework or modified job responsibilities that reduce their risk of getting infected.
  • Limiting aquatic venue use to only staff, patrons, and swimmers who live in the local area, if feasible.
  • Lifeguards and Water Safety
  • Ensuring that lifeguards who are actively lifeguarding are not also expected to monitor handwashing, use of cloth face coverings, or social distancing of others. Assign this monitoring responsibility to another staff member.
  • Alterations of Public Aquatic Venues
    • Consulting the company or engineer that designed the aquatic venue before altering aquatic features (for example, slides and structures designed for climbing or playing).
  • Regulatory Awareness
  • Being aware of local or state regulatory agency policies on gathering requirements or recommendations to determine if events, such as aquatic fitness classes, swim lessons, swim team practice, swim meets, or pool parties can be held.
  • Staggered or Rotated Shifts
  • Staggering or rotating shifts to limit the number of staff present at the aquatic venue at the same time.
  • Designated COVID-19 Point of Contact
  • Designating a staff member to be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns. All staff should know who this person is and how to contact him or her.
  • Gatherings
    • Avoiding group events, gatherings, or meetings both in and out of the water if social distancing of at least 6 feet between people who don’t live together cannot be maintained. Exceptions to the social distancing guidance include:
      • Anyone rescuing a distressed swimmer, providing first aid, or performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, with or without an automated external defibrillator.
      • Individuals in the process of evacuating an aquatic venue or entire facility due to an emergency.
    • If planned events must be conducted, staggering drop-off and pick-up times, as much as possible, to maintain distance of at least 6 feet between people who don’t live together.
    • Asking parents to consider if their children are capable of staying at least 6 feet apart from people they don’t live with before taking them to a public aquatic venue.
    • Limiting any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations.
  • Communication Systems
    • Putting systems in place for:
      • Having staff, patrons, and swimmers self-report if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
      • Notifying local health authorities of COVID-19 cases.
      • Notifying staff, patrons, and swimmers (as feasible) of potential COVID-19 exposures while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)external icon.
      • Notifying staff, patrons, and swimmers of aquatic venue closures.
  • Leave Policies
    • Implementing sick leave (time off) policies and practices for staff that are flexible and non-punitive.
    • Developing return-to-work policies aligned with CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.
  • Back-Up Staffing Plan
    • Monitoring absenteeism of staff and creating a roster of trained back-up staff.
  • Staff Training
    • Training staff on all safety protocols.
    • Conducting training virtually or ensuring that social distancing is maintained during in-person training.
  • Recognize Signs and Symptoms
    • Conducting daily health checks (for example, temperature screening or symptom checking) of staff. Ensure safe and respectful implementation that is aligned with any applicable privacy laws and regulations.

Preparing for When Someone Gets Sick

To prepare for when someone gets sick, operators of public aquatic venues may consider:

  • Isolating and transporting those who are sick to their home or a healthcare provider.
    • Immediately separating staff, patrons, or swimmers with COVID-19 symptoms (for example, fever, cough, or shortness of breath).
    • Establishing procedures for safely transporting anyone sick to their home or to a healthcare provider.
  • Notifying health officials and close contacts.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
    • Closing off areas used by a sick person and not using the areas until after cleaning and disinfecting them.
    • Waiting more than 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting these areas. Ensuring safe and correct use and storage of EPA-approved List N disinfectantsexternal icon, including storing products securely away from children.
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2020 National Water Safety Conference Discount for Aquatic Jobs Network Clients!

Posted by | March 27, 2020 | Uncategorized

WHO: This virtual experience is ideal for any water safety advocate, aquatics professional, industry executive, or business owners, who want to better understand the latest drowning prevention and water safety tactics given by the leading experts in the field. 

WHAT: The National Water Safety Conference Online provides full online access to ALL sessions that would have been in-person at the physical conference (NOTE: some agenda items have been changed). These are videos you can play over and over. You’ll also get PDFs of the presentation slide decks. In addition, access to a private and exclusive networking group allows you to network and ask questions. 

WHEN: Session recordings will be posted daily April 6 -9. You’ll have access to all the sessions for 3 months after the conference.

WHERE:At home on your schedule or join right along with us.

WHY: You’ll be able to implement effective drowning prevention strategies and tactics that will help improve your efforts to save lives. This virtual conference will ensure your employer or yourself that you are maximizing the full potential of your time at home!

Registration Discount Code: Code: AJN100

Register at: http://watersafetyconference.org

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Coronavirus: USA Swimming wants Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021 – CBS Sports

Posted by | March 20, 2020 | Olympics, Paralympics, Swim Meet, Swim Team, Uncategorized

The organization is hoping that the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee will advocate on their behalf for the change

USA Swimming, the national governing body of professional swimming in America, wants the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo delayed at least one year in response to the coronavirus global pandemic, according to a report from USA Today. The organization is hoping that the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee will advocate on their behalf for this change.

USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey sent a letter to USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland saying he has “watched our athletes’ worlds be turned upside down and watched them struggle to find ways to continue to prepare and train – many for the biggest competitive opportunity of their lives” as the threat of COVID-19 has grown.

“Everyone has experienced unimaginable disruptions, mere months before the Olympic Games, which calls into question the authenticity of a level playing field for all,” Hinchey added. “Our athletes are under tremendous pressure, stress and anxiety, and their mental health and wellness should be among the highest priorities.”

The letter was sent with “overwhelming support” from USA Swimming’s top officials, swimmers and coaches, according to USA Today. Hinchey formally requested in the letter that the Games be postponed until 2021, to assure that athletes can properly prepare for their respective qualifiers and events.

Read more at https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/coronavirus-usa-swimming-wants-tokyo-olympics-postponed-until-2021/



Posted by | March 18, 2020 | Uncategorized

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult and unprecedented time. As you know, the 2020 National Water Safety Conference is scheduled for April 6-9 in Fort Worth, TX. Given government regulations, employer travel restrictions, published public health recommendations, and participant safety, it is impossible to host our in-person conference in Fort Worth. Instead, we are excited to announce that we will be moving the 2020 National Water Safety Conference to a new and interactive virtual format to be held over the same dates.

The NDPA Board of Directors has had extensive discussions over the past week due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt a responsibility to host our conference as it is the kick-off to the drowning prevention season and although unquantifiable, we know, saves lives.  We also felt it was our duty to our alliance members, supporters, and the nation as we fear drowning rates will dramatically increase as children and families will have extended time at home and potential exposure to water more than ever. Therefore, we mobilized quickly, reviewed our options and determined the best course of action.

We as the NDPA, recognize the serious role our annual conference plays to support professionals, advocates, educators, parents, and all drowning prevention warriors in preparing for the upcoming season and have become equally excited to deliver the most value in a flexible and innovative way.

We have expanded our conference team in the past few days to include experts and experienced individuals who will help us ensure we can successfully deliver you the best value possible. Yes, our upcoming conference will be different, just as many things are in our lives right now. While it is not possible for us to deliver the same in-person experience, we have come up with something as valuable that will allow many more people to “join” our conference than ever before. Our commitment to you is to work harder than ever to provide each of you with a meaningful and well executed event that provides exceptional educational opportunities.

We will be providing more information about online participation and support in the coming days to attendees, speakers, and sponsors.

·      ATTENDEES: We will be communicating with you on a regular basis to inform you of our conference schedule and ways to make the most of your online participation.

·      SPEAKERS: We will be communicating with you in the next 48 hours to provide you with information about the delivery of your presentation. Please keep an eye out for further information via email.

·      EXHIBITORS/SPONSORS: We will be communicating with you by the end of this week regarding your options for virtual participation and adjusted benefits.

Again, thank you for your continued patience during this time. We will have further information available for all participants in the coming days. We know that this is an extremely unusual and unprecedented time in the world. The NDPA will be working constantly to ensure we can provide the drowning prevention and water safety community with the most important education and connectivity possible. Thank you for helping us save lives!

Read more at https://www.ndpa.org

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IOC responds to criticism a day after insisting 2020 Olympics plans proceed

Posted by | March 18, 2020 | Uncategorized


An International Olympic Committee communique insisting that preparations for the 2020 Summer Games should proceed — and rejecting “any drastic decisions” in the face of the coronavirus outbreak — has sparked debate on the global sports scene.

Faced with criticism, the IOC walked its comments back slightly on Wednesday, issuing a follow-up statement.

“This is an exceptional situation which requires exceptional solutions,” a spokesman said. “The IOC is committed to finding a solution with the least-negative impact for the athletes, while protecting the integrity of the competition and the athletes’ health.”

Even before the communique was issued Tuesday, the head of France’s national Olympic committee said the Games should not be held until the outbreak begins to subside. A Spanish official called for postponement.

Read more at https://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/story/2020-03-18/ioc-summer-olympics-tokyo-coronavirus

Comments Off on Parents of Summer Camp Drowning Victim File Suit Against Camp, Family Owners Suit alleges “negligent hiring, retention, supervision and training” in death of 6-year-old Roxie Forbes By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor with STEPHEN SICILIANO, Managing Editor Published : Monday, December 16, 2019 | 5:26 AM

Parents of Summer Camp Drowning Victim File Suit Against Camp, Family Owners Suit alleges “negligent hiring, retention, supervision and training” in death of 6-year-old Roxie Forbes By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor with STEPHEN SICILIANO, Managing Editor Published : Monday, December 16, 2019 | 5:26 AM

Posted by | December 18, 2019 | Drowning, Uncategorized

Six-year-old Pasadenan Roxie Forbes, a non-swimmer, drowned at the Altadena-based Summerkids Camp last June 28.

She was briefly resuscitated, but removed from life support the following day. Now her parents, Doug Forbes and Elena Matyas, have filed a lawsuit against the Summerkids Camp and its owners—eight members of the DiMassa family—and a number of others, including a licensed MD on the camp staff.

The suit, filed in Superior Court November 5, also names at least four other employees employed by Summercamp Kids.

The suit alleges that the camp’s “negligent hiring, retention, supervision and training” practices led to the wrongful death of their only child. The parents are demanding a jury trial.

According to the complaint, Forbes and Matyas are asking the court for an as-yet-undetermined sum, but called for additional “exemplary and punitive damages to make an example of and punish” the camp and its owners.

Roxie entered the camp pool June 28 at about 9:25 a.m., accompanied by her “counselor buddy,” Daniel H. “Hank” Rainey, said the complaint.

“Defendants,” claims the complaint, “knew it was unsafe for Roxie to have full access to the pool, but the Summerkids Camp staff including counselors and lifeguards did nothing to actually restrict Roxie to the steps or shallow end. Rather than safeguard Roxie, Rainey and Joseph Natalizio were distracted and preoccupied with other campers prior to the tragic drowning.”

“About ten to fifteen minutes after Roxie entered the swimming pool,” the complaint continued, “Robert Antonucci, a counselor who was working with other campers about thirty to forty-five feet outside the gate of the swimming pool was the first person to finally notice Roxie floating face down in the pool. When Robert Antonucci saw Roxie, she was floating approximately twenty feet away from the steps in four to four-and-a-half feet of water.”

Read more: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/parents-of-summer-camp-drowning-victim-file-suit-against-camp-family-owners/#.Xfp3ey2ZN-U

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Dottie Weiner, Marco Island’s beloved swim instructor, dies at 97 www.marconews.com

Posted by | December 11, 2019 | Uncategorized

Dottie Murray Weiner, swim instructor to thousands in Marco Island, died Nov. 24, according to a YMCA news release. She was 97.

“She loved teaching children to swim,” wrote Cindy Love-Abounader, CEO of YMCA of South Collier- Marco. “She touched many, many people’s lives and she will live forever within our hearts.”

Many kids, now adults, still remember her as “Miss Dottie.” 

Christina Perez, who was raised in Marco, said Weiner taught her how to swim. 

“She taught my sister and I how to swim of course, but I always remembered (her) as years went by as a strong woman,” Perez wrote in an email to the Eagle. “Strong, wonderful smile that would light up a room.”

“She remembered us most of the time and that made us feel special.”

Read more at: https://www.marconews.com/story/news/2019/12/08/dottie-weiner-marco-islands-beloved-swim-instructor-dies-97/4357615002/

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14-year-old swim team member drowns in Hillsboro pool

Posted by | November 22, 2019 | Drowning, Swim Team, Uncategorized


HILLSBORO, Ore. (KATU) – The Hillsboro Police Department identified the girl who was found drowned Wednesday night after a swim team practice as 14-year-old Nabila Maazouz.

Police said Maazouz was a freshman at Oregon Episcopal School and was a member of the Liberty High School swim team.

Investigators said the swim team pulled the cover over the Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center’s outdoor pool after practice Wednesday night. Police said the swimmers pulled the cover over it before they got out of the water.

“At the end of practice, the swimmers covered the pool with these blue tarps. When they were done with that, the swimmers got out of the water, they went inside and changed, and started to head home. It was at that point that they noticed Nabila was missing,” said Sgt. Eric Bunday of the Hillsboro Police Department.


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2020 USA Swimming Foundation Grant Applications Now Available to Swim Lesson Providers

Posted by | October 17, 2019 | Uncategorized


The USA Swimming Foundation awards annual grants to Make a Splash Local Partners who provide services to young people who, otherwise, would not have the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons.

The 2020 Grant Window for USA Swimming Foundation funding is now open. Click below to apply.



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American Academy of Pediatrics Updated Statement on the Prevention of Drowning

Posted by | September 30, 2019 | Uncategorized

Guest Presenters: Dr. Julie Gilchrist Nicole Hughes Helene Holstein

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