Village Aquatic Center Earns Five Star Safety Rating

Village Aquatic Center Earns Five Star Safety Rating
Posted on 08/19/2014

The Village of Orland Park Centennial Park Aquatic Center recently earned a five star safety rating during a risk management audit. The Starfish Aquatics Institute awarded Orland Park’s village water park the highest rating, five stars, following a risk management audit on August 7, 2014. Starfish Aquatics is a national non-profit water safety organization

“Very few aquatic facilities qualify to receive this honor,” said Leslie Donavan, president of SAI. “It represents a tremendous commitment to safety and training and exceptional performance by the lifeguard staff on duty at that time,” she noted.

“Safety is everyone’s number one objective at the Centennial Park Aquatic Center,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “Having a national safety organization test and then recognize the village’s lifeguards shows how very hard these kids work all summer,” he said.

SAI is one of the largest lifeguard, swim instructor and pool operator certifying agencies in the United States. The institute offers state of the art training courses and provides risk management services for the aquatic industry.

“The village’s lifeguards train all season and work very hard to ensure that the village’s patrons enjoy a safe environment,” said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee.

Swimming facilities are tested on a surprise basis with the auditor hiding outside of the facility, secretly video taping the lifeguards.

While the guards supervise the pool from their chairs, the auditor evaluates and grades the guards’ performances. The auditor studies how often the guards’ heads turn, scanning the pool from left, center and right, observes rotation changes and confirms that guards have hydration and shade. Once the hidden audit is completed, the auditor’s presence is announced. The auditor then selects guards, team leaders and squad leaders to respond to mock emergency drills.

The village’s Centennial Park Aquatics Center, located at 15600 West Avenue in Orland Park, has changed to school hours, being open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on week days. Week day admission is “two for one” through the end of the season.

On weekends, the center is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and regular admission rates apply. The village’s Centennial Park Aquatic Center will close its 2014 season on Labor Day, Monday, September 1 with the pool open on Labor Day from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Further information is available with the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at 708/403-PARK.