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.
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