Hilt Tatum IV is president and a partner of iPoint Capital Partners, a private equity and asset management firm whose service procedures are rooted in the Swiss banking industry. He supports a number of charities and organizations that include the American Red Cross. With support from people like Hilt Tatum IV, the Red Cross works to support families, provide disaster response, and promote health and safety services.
An increase in the popularity of extreme shallow attractions at waterparks identified by Red Cross Aquatics Product Development staff prompted the proposal of new safety and lifeguard training initiatives specific to extreme shallow water. In October 2014, the Red Cross announced the implementation of two new water safety programs and a new lifeguard certification for extreme shallow water. Characterized by waters three feet deep or less, extreme shallow water attractions include winding rivers, catch pools, slide runouts, and water play areas.
Beginning January 2015, the Red Cross will offer the 22.5-hour Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding course. It includes skill training for shallow waters specific to the course and first aid training that emphasizes caring for neck, head, and spinal injuries common to extreme shallow water accidents. In order to negate the need for participants to take additional modules, the course also offers all content from the original Waterpark Skills module.
The second program launched by the Red Cross to address extreme shallow water safety involves an add-on package to the organization’s existing Aquatic Examiner Service (AES) program called the Explorer. A program unique to the Red Cross, the AES provides assessment and assistance to aquatic facilities regarding Red Cross lifeguarding standards and emergency procedure preparedness. The Explorer package implements a simplified, one-time operational assessment wherein facilities and staff are observed by an examiner during an in-person visit. At the end of the visit, examiners provide immediate assessment results and recommendations for improvement.
For more information, visit the Red Cross press release at RedCross.org/news/press-release/Red-Cross-Designates-New-Professional-Lifeguard-Certification-for-Extreme-Shallow-Water. In order to register for water safety and lifeguarding classes in a particular state, visit RedCross.org/take-a-class.
Panama resident Hilt Tatum IV currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Panama City-based iPoint Capital Partners. The wealth management company works closely with clients in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, where it manages venture capital and private equity investment funds. Hilt Tatum IV contributes to several non-profit organizations, one of which is the American Red Cross.
Founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, the American Red Cross connects people to communities in need all around the nation and world. In addition to assisting areas hit by emergencies and natural disasters, the organization reaches out to underserved neighborhoods.
Individuals can support the American Red Cross by contributing financially, giving of their time, or donating blood. On August 1, 2014, the organization made a plea for donated blood. The organization express particular need for O negative, B negative, and A negative blood types. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations per day to accommodate the about 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers it serves within the United States. Its donations were down eight percent, or about 80,000 donations, from May through mid-July, thus necessitating its encouragement of people to donate at American Red Cross centers.
As founding partner, chief executive officer, and president of iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV oversees the Panama City, Panama, investment company’s daily operations. Tatum commenced his career when he cofounded a technology company while still in college. An active philanthropist, Hilt Tatum IV supports numerous charities, including Save the Children.
The Save the Children organization aims to provide children with the tools they need to grow up healthy and happy. The non-profit organization serves children in 120 countries, including the United States, Transforming their lives in areas such as education, healthcare, and emergency aid in regions affected by natural disasters.
Individuals who want to support Save the Children’s advocacy of children can contact legislators and insist that the government put the needs of children first. Save the Children focuses on ensuring that children have access to high-quality education, and since two out of every five children of preschool age are not enrolled in preschool, the organization asks that individuals contact Congress about this issue. Save the Children suggests people insist that their government representatives support the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, a 10-year federal-state partnership intended to improve learning opportunities for young children. Its website features a form letter that people can fill in and have sent to their representative.
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