|The Edsall Park Pool.|
During the group’s first two meetings, “we figured out that pretty much every pool has the same issues with lifeguards, facilities, and other things,” says the group’s founder, Bryan Woodcock, president of the Edsall Park Swim Club. “Most of the pools want to do things smarter, not harder, and it looks like this group is going to be good at standardizing processes across companies.”
“The long-term goal is to share supplies and talents across pools to save money, to provide a backup network, and to provide better services to our members,” Woodcock says. The more immediate goal is to educate pool boards about the various management companies that operate in the area and explore ways to improve the quality of services they provide.
The group heard presentations from three pool management companies – High Sierra Pools, Premier Pool Management, and Continental Pools – at its Nov. 18 meeting.
Four other pool companies have been invited to the group’s next meeting, Dec. 8, at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield, 7-9 p.m.: Premier Aquatics, NV Pools, Titan Pool Service, and Guardian Aquatics.
Pool leaders asked the company reps about such issues as how they recruit lifeguards, how much experience pools managers have, how guard schedules are developed, how guards are compensated for overtime, the clean-up process, the policy for staff breaks, how equipment problems are handled, the use of performance-based contracts, and much more.
Some of the local pools that participated include Lincolnia Park Recreational Club, North Springfield Swim Club, Broyhill Crest Recreation Association, Parklawn Recreation Association, Camelot Community Club, Long Branch Swim & Racquet Club, Ilda Community Recreation Association, and the Dowden Terrace Recreation Association.
If you would like to join this group, contact Bryan Woodcook, firstname.lastname@example.org.