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Aquatics Newsletter | May 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
 - Are You Whistle Worthy? 
 
LifeguardApplications are currently being accepted for certified lifeguards at our community recreation centers.
 
Not a lifeguard yet?  Sign up for an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course and get certified!

American Red Cross Lifeguarding teaches professionalism, patron and facility surveillance, victim recognition, equipment-based rescues, and caring for head, neck and back injuries.  The course is designed to teach swimming pool lifeguarding skills and knowledge.  A valid membership is required for participation.
  
Already a lifeguard?  Visit our career site and find a part-time lifeguard position: 
 
Individuals hired as lifeguards will provide a safe swimming environment; enforce rules; rescue anyone in danger of drowning; administer first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and Automated External Defibrillator; and does related work as required.  Lifeguards earn $8.64 per hour and must be 16 years old.  Certification is required.
Join Us for Float-a-Rama! 
 
Float-a-Rama Splat FloatThe swimming pools at many Virginia Beach Recreation Centers will be hosting Float-a-Rama: a day of huge, fun floats that are so big, the entire pool will be devoted just to them!

Under the supervision of lifeguards, participants will enjoy three shallow water floats and two deep water floats.  Shallow water floats include: Claw Daddy (part float, part obstacle challenge - this float only looks easy!), Green Gator (the favorite is back!  Can you climb on this float and tame him?) and Splat! (this float features legs to help you climb up and a very challenging orb in the center).  The deep water floats are: Sky Totter (imagine a huge, floating teeter totter.  The challenge is getting up on it!) and Space Mountain (think of a floating rock climbing wall with a slide).

There is no registration or admission, but a valid Virginia Beach Recreation Center membership or visitor pass is required.  Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied in the water with someone age 16 or up.  Please note that when Float-a-Rama is scheduled, no other activities will occur in the pool.
 

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Home Pool Safety Tips 
 
Girl in PoolWhether an above-ground pool, in-ground pool, hot tub or spa, owning a pool is a tremendous responsibility. Nationwide, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in and around the home for children under the age of 5. The vast majority of these fatalities take place in home pools and spas. 
 
If you follow a few water safety tips, you can prevent home pool accidents.  The following are part of a Home Pool Safety Checklist from the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor's Manual:
  • Pool is completely enclosed with a fence (at least 4 feet high) with vertical bars (so that it is not easy to climb) that has a self-closing, self-latching gate.  The latch should be out of a small child's reach.
  • Pool covers are completely removed prior to pool use and completely secured when in place.
  • Basic lifesaving equipment is located near the pool and family members know how to use it.  Reaching pole, rope and life jackets and well-stocked first aid kit are available.
View the entire checklist.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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