PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s lifeguard team received a perfect 100 score from the National Aquatic Safety Company (NASCO) after the organization conducted a lifeguard inspection Sunday (July 15) at DryTown Water Park.
“This is an amazing achievement and a testament to the hard work and determination of our lifeguard team and staff,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Keri Brady. “Any score over 70 is considered a ‘World Class’ operation, and to obtain a score of 99.5 is said to be ‘unheard of,’ but apparently not in Palmdale.”
The Palmdale lifeguards achieved their perfect score of 100 after being evaluated for:
- Scanning time (how quickly and accurately the water surface is viewed),
- Appearance (indicates that the lifeguard is prepared with proper equipment), and
- Posture (rescue ready stance).
In addition, they were monitored at varying time intervals and position rotations throughout the Water Park. In all, the NASCO representative completed 80 observations in his full-day visit.
He was thoroughly impressed with the lifeguard management team’s ability to prepare and motivate the lifeguards to perform their duties at such a professional level,” said Brady. “The DryTown lifeguard staff is considered to be one of the elite teams in the country and NASCO hopes to use the staff’s performance as a model for other lifeguard teams to emulate.”
“I’m especially proud of the leadership provided by Head Lifeguard Jared Long, and Senior Lifeguards Andrew Adams, Josh Johanson and Rudy Urquizu,” Brady continued. “They have taken our program to a level that is among the best in the nation.”
The real winners are the residents who use the pools and DryTown Water Park, Brady said.
“They have the satisfaction and peace of mind knowing that they have the best trained and best performing lifeguards available,” she said.
NASCO performs inspections at hundreds of water park facilities throughout the United States each year and is recognized as a leader and innovator in the safety procedures for aquatics and amusement park facilities.
For more information about Palmdale’s lifeguard program, contact the parks and recreation department at 267-5611.
(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)