May 9, 2019
St. Petersburg, FL
In preparation for the summer experiential education events, on May 1, 2 and 3 2019 thirteen staff members of multiple AMIkids programs in Florida and South Carolina participated from a lifeguard training course at AMIkids Jacksonville.
Participants from AMIkids Jacksonville, AMIkids Beaufort, AMIkids Volusia, AMIkids Clay, AMIkids YES in Wimauma, AMIkids Bennettsville, AMIkids Escambia Boys Base in Pensacola, AMIkids Volusia and AMikids White Pines in Jonesville, SC.
The Red Cross Lifeguarding course consisted of e-learning prior to arrival, a complete knowledge review and several practical applications to practice and refresh lifeguarding skills. The final assessment consisted of a rescue scenario, starting with an unconscious victim underwater and executing a complete emergency plan activation and evacuation with CPR.
In addition to the Red Cross requirements, participants were updated about the AMIkids water activities policy and swim tested accordingly.
"I wanted to express my respect and admiration for each and every one of the participants in our class this week" said Jorge Mahauad, Manager of the Marine Education Program. "The work you have done is amazing. I have seen so much effort, teamwork and support. You really show the values of AMIkids. And special thanks to Nicole Barnes and Melody Saftner for your work and dedication" - he added.
Marine education, aquatics, challenge events and experiential education are key components of the AMIkids model. As lifeguards, these staff members will make a considerable difference in providing at-risk youth with more opportunities, more challenges and more success.