Schaumburg Parks Receive International Aquatic Safety Award

The Schaumburg Park District has been awarded the prestigious “Gold International Aquatic Safety Award.” Earning this award demonstrates that the aquatic facilities they operate consistently exceed industry standards in risk management and epitomize aquatic safety excellence. International Aquatic Safety Awards are conferred to deserving aquatic facilities by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. – International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants.

“It is apparent that the entire Schaumburg Park District staff embody the idea of setting the standard in aquatic safety. Swimmers who frequent this aquatic facility are afforded the highest degree of swimmer protection currently available for the aquatic industry,” said Richard A. Carroll, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. Senior Vice President and COO.

International Aquatic Safety Awards are presented annually to participants in E&A’s Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program (CARMP) and are based on the results of multiple random Unannounced Aquatic Facility Operational Safety Audits throughout the year. These audits include undercover video surveillance of individual lifeguards while they protect their Zone of Protection® areas to accurately evaluate their professional diligence. Additionally, individual and team basic life support and rescue skills are evaluated, along with simulated emergencies that measure the effectiveness of established Emergency Action Plans. The audit concludes with administrative, supervisory and facility evaluations. All E&A client facilities are top performers and represent the finest and safest aquatic facilities in the world. As such, it is of particular note when E&A facilities perform so well that they are granted an International Aquatic Safety Award.

“We are so proud of our entire aquatics team on this achievement,” said Heather Simross, manager of fitness and aquatics at Schaumburg Park District. “Safety training never stops in our aquatics program. Lifeguards are audited daily by managers in Vigilance Awareness Testing as well as spinal management drills and unconscious guest scenarios.”

According to Simross, aquatics staff go through over 6,000 hours of training each season.

Schaumburg Park District was evaluated at two outdoor pools Atcher Island, 730 S. Springinsguth Road, and Meineke Pool, 220 E. Weathersfield Way; as well as The Water Works Indoor Water Park, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, which is open year-round. Park District season pool passes are now on sale.

For more information, call (847) 490-2505.