The Redwoods Group
Recorded June 18, 2013
Gareth Hedges, Associate General Counsel and Aquatics Specialist, gives more details on “Test” and “Mark”.
Posted July 4, 2017 9:04 PM
I remember passing swim tests for Girl Scouts and wearing a swim cap to signify the level of swim competency. As an aquatics professional with experience teaching, lifeguarding and working at a variety of pools with a variety of challenges, my comments regarding swim tests.
First in our 2017 Lifeguarding program, Red Cross, there is a standard swim competency test that could/should be used by all Red Cross certified lifeguards.
When a pool serves summer camp for Child Development Centers, after school programs, or any continuing programs, Swim tests assist the staff of the pool and the center to determine the level of swim competency, and helps with adequate pool supervision.
It is difficult to test at a general use/city pool for patronage that varies day to day.
There is a great use for swim tests, but under some circumstances of pool use, they take the attention of staff away from pool supervision.
Bottom line, any child that comes to a pool is under the supervision of and is the direct responsibility of the parent or guardian they are with. Parents, supervise your children.
Posted July 4, 2017 2:19 PM
I love the idea of marking all of the nonswimmers with some type of wrist band or necklace.
Posted July 4, 2017 2:17 PM
great video, I love the ide of marking all the nonswimmers with some type and of wrist or neck band.