Spring has sprung. The weather is getting nicer and all across the country swimming pools are opening, lakes are warming and plans are being made to head out and enjoy them. What better time to remind everyone that May is National Water Safety Month!
At Great Wolf Lodge, it is Water Safety Month all year long. Your safety is our top priority and everything we do is focused on providing you and your family a safe and memorable vacation. This begins with our lifeguard staff.
From day one, our lifeguards are put to the test. After a careful selection process and initial orientation, new lifeguards take part in at least 24 hours of lifeguarding instruction and testing. This covers everything from basic first aid and in-water rescue techniques to advanced first responder duties including CPR,use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and supplemental oxygen use. Once the course is successfully completed, our lifeguards are licensed thru the International Lifeguard Training Program and ready to begin the next phase of their training.
Next, new lifeguards are matched with a seasoned member of our waterpark team to begin “shadowing.” Here they begin to hone their on-deck skills and learn to scan the water, looking for guests that may need assistance. Once the lifeguard is ready to guard on their own, they areaudited by members of the management staff. This includes professionalism, awareness, vigilance, appearance and most importantly, ability to scan their entire zone within the allotted time.
In addition to our internal auditing program, Great Wolf Resorts partners with Jeff Ellis & Associates, an outside consulting firm specializing in aquatic risk management. To keep our standards and practices at the highest levels possible, we do a number of drills and skills tests during hours of operation. Ellis & Associates also performs four unannounced operational audits per year at each resort, testing and spot-checking our guards in areas of professionalism, diligence in scanning techniques and rescue skills, as well as ability to manage an aquatic emergency.
Lifeguard training never ends; each Great Wolf Lodge lifeguard attends a minimum of four hours of in-service training every month to help reinforce and refresh their skills. Lifeguarding is a physically and mentally challenging job, and our instructors provide informative, realistic, and fun sessions to keep our guards motivated and excited about their jobs at Great Wolf Lodge.
Parents are also an important part of water safety at Great Wolf Lodge. You can help our lifeguards when you bring your family to the resort. Make sure young children wear life vests, follow height restrictions on water slides and never leave your children alone in the water park. These are just a few of the ways you can help our lifeguards during your visit.
Guest safety is our top priority at Great Wolf Lodge. Our lifeguard team looks forward to providing your family with a safe, fun, memorable adventure in the water all this month – and throughout the rest of the year.
Regional Director of Aquatics
Great Wolf Lodge - Grand Mound