Better Preparing Lifeguards to Take Action
The scope of lifeguarding has changed with the tremendous growth and innovation in shallow water and waterpark environments, and lifeguards must be prepared for a host of new, more sophisticated aquatic attractions. So how can you ensure that your lifeguard training is effective, memorable and contains the key components of best science and best practice?
Q&A: A Perspective on the Red Cross Ready Rating Program
Every senior living center wants to do all it can to protect residents and staff members in the event of a disaster. Recognizing that many organizations struggle with disaster preparation, the St. Louis Area Chapter of the American Red Cross created Ready Rating™. The program includes an assessment tool backed by a variety of disaster planning resources.
Safer Waters for All: MAHC Created to Improve Pool Safety
Connie Harvey, director, Aquatics Centennial Initiative at the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., comments on trends in drowning prevention, which goes beyond just rescue to layers of protection.
Red Cross Offers New Waterpark Lifeguard Course
The American Red Cross debuts Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding, a new program that is the first to emphasize extreme shallow water rescue. Stephanie Shook, senior manager of instructor engagement at the American Red Cross, explains the need for this specialized lifeguard designation.
Sim Learning with Class Work: Better Prepares Trainees
This cover story explores the efforts of the Red Cross to assess whether incorporating simulation learning into its online curriculum could improve training products and ensure that learners, including facility safety managers, were better prepared for emergencies.
Incorporating Simulations Leads to More Effective Safety Training
Research sponsored by the American Red Cross shows that adding interactive, scenario-based online simulations to in-person classroom training is more effective than lectures alone for instructing people on health and safety topics such as CPR and first aid. Read more
Research Finds Big Benefits in Blended Learning
Dominick Tolli, vice president of emerging products and services for the Red Cross, writes that new research sponsored by the organization shows that simulation learning in combination with traditional classroom experience is more efficient and effective in preparing people to act in a crisis than traditional classroom learning or online learning alone. Read more
New Red Cross Research Shows Benefit to Blended Training Programs
A new white paper from the American Red Cross makes the case for the most effective safety training method – a blended approach that combines online scenario-based simulation learning with in-person classroom training. Read more
Guest Blog: Preparing Students for After-School Sitter Jobs
Parent and Red Cross product director Grant Hansen explains how babysitting can help students broaden their skill sets and sense of personal responsibility. Read more
Meeting Demand: Red Cross Offers OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Training Courses
Red Cross senior director Steve Rieve explains the organization’s expansion into OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 training for employees and supervisors – and why Spanish-language safety training is more critical than ever for American industry. Read more
Toward 50,000 Water-Competent Swimmers
As the American Red Cross recognizes its 100th anniversary of providing swimming safety education, its aquatics leaders are taking on a five-year, 50-city campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent by teaching 50,000 people what it means to be “water competent.” Read more
Red Cross Invites Aquatic Facilities to Promote Classes Online
Aquatic Partner facilities with a current Red Cross Authorized Provider or Licensed Training Provider agreement can now post classes on RedCross.org. Read more
Signs From the Show Floor
Associate editor Matt Holden picks his favorite products and services at the National Safety Council trade show and features two Red Cross offerings – OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 training and the Prestan Ultralite Manikin. Read more
First Aid Training
The Red Cross launches Team First Aid Exercises, designed to help trained individuals review the lifesaving skills that they learned during First Aid, CPR and AED course and help them practice as a team with co-workers. Read more