What’s New at Safe-Wise?

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™.  The 2019 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) will take place on Thursday, June 20th. This will be the tenth year for the global event and TEAM WLSL™ will continue with its goal of reaching more than one billion with the message Swimming Lesson Save Lives™ by 2019. Local WLSL events will take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours. The WLSL event serves as a platform to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-14. Research shows risk of drowning can be reduced by 88 percent if children participate in formal swimming lessons between the ages of 1-4. Yet, a survey conducted by the American Red Cross in 2014 found that more than half of Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills. This CAN and SHOULD change and this is the mission of TEAM WLSL™. Registration opens on February 14, 2019 at WLSL.org.

Safe-Wise Offers Aquatic Operation Assessment Service. External Aquatic Operation Assessment services can provide an unbiased, objective review of the aquatic safety operations and identify areas for improvement. Additionally, such assessments help keep facilities accountable to recommendations and regulations providing an additional layer of protection by offering more than one perspective. They provide aquatic leaders the opportunity to learn how staff are performing and identify safety and response issues with the facility. They also allow aquatic leaders to ask a professional for help, ideas, or guidance. By inviting a different set of eyes to view and assess your facility and lifeguarding operations you can enhance the quality and value of your risk assessment efforts. External aquatic operation assessments can validate your risk management efforts as well as reveal new areas which may need focus and improvement. Assessment services may include the following:

  • Unannounced observation of individual lifeguards on surveillance
  • Unannounced testing of lifeguard skills
  • Lifeguard skills training
  • Facility and equipment inspections
  • Swim program safety assessments

YMCA’s specifically, should be aware that the Y-USA Aquatic Safety Guidelines for Y’s recommends an independent assessment of the aquatic facility operations annually, at a minimum. Safe-Wise Consulting specializes in aquatic operations assessments based on aquatic industry guidelines and core safety philosophies. Our staff are cross trained on the most up-to-date American Red Cross (ARC), YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) & the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) lifeguard & BLS courses, and work closely with the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC). Please contact your Safe-Wise consultant or Safe-Wise Consulting HERE to request an Aquatic Operation Assessment today.

Safe-Wise Welcomes a New Partner. Safe-Wise Consulting is happy to announce Alan C. Mogridge as our newest Member / Partner & Senior Consultant.  Alan brings more than 20 years of YMCA practical knowledge and experience in aquatic safety & programming, wellness, day & resident camping and child care. In addition to his strong program background Alan has served as: Associate Executive Director for the Greater Waterbury YMCA, CT; Executive Director for the YMCA of Central Connecticut Coast – Valley Branch, CT; and as CEO for the Mount Desert Island YMCA, ME. In addition to his YMCA leadership roles, Alan has served as an Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and Faculty Trainer for Y-USA, the American Red Cross and ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute). He also served on the YMCA of the USA’s Trainer Quality Team. Alan has already worked with numerous Safe-Wise clients helping improving their safety and risk management practices over the last two years and continues to stay focused on updating resources, the website and newsletter development. Please help us congratulate Alan on his new role at Safe-Wise Consulting.  Click HERE to learn more about Alan.

Retirement Announcement. Please join us in extending our best wishes to Christopher Mogridge, who, effective January 1, 2019, has retired from Safe-Wise Consulting. Chris is a founding member and has been an esteemed partner for over 11 years, and he will be greatly missed by our clients and colleagues alike. We have all benefited from his extensive experience, knowledge, and innovative style that helped Safe-Wise provide a realistic and intuitive approach as it strengthened the safety practices of organizations across the country. We know you will all join us in wishing Chris well as he starts a new chapter in his interesting life. He is eager to spend more time with family, especially with his three, soon to be four, grandchildren, as well as catch up on traveling, hiking, wilderness canoeing, kayaking, hunting, fishing and helping others through his volunteer efforts with his local food pantry and as the Family Relations Chair on the board of the Monadnock Habitat for Humanity, which he loves so much. He will be joined on these adventures by his wife Helene who will also be retiring this spring. Congratulations, Chris, good luck and thank you for your decades of service to so many youth-serving organizations, improving the safety and health of so many. You have much to be proud of and we will miss you greatly! Please feel free to reach out to Chris personally, via e-mail, to extend your personal wishes.