DATE: May 2, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Mills
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County Parks and Recreation Division has been notified that the lifeguard staffs at three of our water parks have won 2013 International Aquatic Safety Awards from Ellis & Associates International Aquatic Safety & Risk Management Consultants. The lifeguards at Castaway Island, the water park at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, and at Tropical Splash, the water park at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, won the Silver Award. The lifeguard staff at Splash Adventure, the water park at Quiet Waters Park, won the Gold Award.
The awards are given only to aquatics professionals who score in the top percentages of the audit criteria. For this year’s awards, all three water parks scored in the top 30 percent of audit criteria. This means that our lifeguards are among the top in their field, ensuring that visitors to these facilities “are consistently being afforded…the highest degree of swimmer protection currently available for the aquatic industry,” according to Ellis & Associates.
“We are tremendously proud of the young professionals who work as lifeguards at our water parks,” says Parks Director Dan West. “They set the bar high not only in terms of their commitment to protecting the lives of our park guests, but also for their dedication to the day-to-day responsibilities behind the scenes at the water parks. The awards confirm what I have long known: These employees live up to high standards every day on the job.”
For additional information, including hours and fees, call Central Broward Regional at 954-357-5400, Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100, or T.Y. at 954-357-8811.
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Founded in February 1956 and accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division manages almost 6,500 acres, encompassing nearly 50 regional parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural areas at various stages of development. Facilities include water parks, campgrounds, a target range, a stadium, a skate park, an observatory, mountain bike trails, an educational farm with stables, and a velodrome and other sports facilities. Hours and fees vary by location. For more information, visit Broward.org/Parks.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in order to participate in programs, services, and activities must contact the Special Populations Section at 954-357-8170 or TTY 954-537-2844 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled meeting or event.