Ellis & Associates’ ‘vanGUARD: Aquatic Leadership Program’ honoured
Ellis & Associates’ (E&A) vanGUARD: Aquatic Leadership Program has achieved Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) Certification – making it the first-ever Lifeguard Supervisor Course to receive CMAHC Certification.
Founded in 1983 as the world’s first, dedicated aquatic safety and risk management firm, E&A has always been at the forefront of researching, developing and teaching advanced life-saving skills. Recognising that leadership skills go hand-in-hand with aquatic safety, E&A developed the vanGUARD: Aquatic Leadership Program to extend lifeguard training beyond the pool, equipping supervisors and leaders with the skills necessary to not only perform, but also administer and evaluate, their teams and aquatic environment.
Included in the vanGUARD: Aquatic Leadership Program is how to administer and monitor the industry-wide adopted “Zone of Protection” standard that is now part of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) and recognized by aquatic facilities around the globe. The program also covers preventative measures to reduce risks, mitigate health and safety hazards and inspect emergency rescue equipment.
“Our vanGUARD: Aquatic Leadership program provides critical training for Lifeguard Supervisors, equipping them with inspection, administration, supervision and critical-thinking skills that will make them better lifeguards and supervisors,” said Joe Stefanyak, Senior Director, E&A. “Our ultimate goal is to reduce risk and keep all swimmers safe. We’re honoured to be the first-ever Lifeguard Supervisor Course to receive CMAHC Certification, and we look forward to continuing to develop proactive and innovative strategies, products and services that truly make a difference within the aquatics industry.”
Launched in 2018, the CMAHC certification programme helps educate the public about products and services that meet the strict, science-based standards in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). If followed, the guidance in the MAHC helps reduce the risk for disease outbreaks, drownings, and chemical injuries at public aquatic facilities. The CMAHC awards certification to services or products that comply with the relevant or applicable standards in the latest MAHC edition.
CMAHC certification is not a single occurrence. Rather, the intent is to build a long-term quality control partnership. After initial certification, the CMAHC re-evaluates each certified service or product annually to ensure it continues to meet the same high standards required in the MAHC to maintain certification. Services or products that earn a CMAHC certification are said to be “CMAHC certified” and may display the CMAHC certification emblem to demonstrate they have been evaluated for conformance with the requirements in the latest MAHC edition.