Creating Layers of Protection In Aquatics Environments

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Host: Josh Heimowitz, The Redwoods Group
Panelists: Gareth Hedges, The Redwoods Group; Michael Oostman, Oostman Aquatic Safety Consulting, Inc.
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Fatigue. Boredom. Indifference. These are an aquatics director’s worst nightmare, and sometimes too common on the dock and pool deck. Can your guards, in the summer’s heat, after a long week at camp, remain vigilant? You can create additional layers of protection for the campers in your pool and waterfront and help your guards remain vigilant.

In this webinar, you’ll learn the latest trends and risk factors for drowning. You’ll understand what additional layers of protection you can implement to protect your swimmers. And you’ll walk away with resources and actionable items to train your staff on aquatics safety.

Presenter Bios:

Host: Josh Heimowitz, The Redwoods Group
Josh Heimowitz is the Program Director for camps and Jewish Community Center programs for The Redwoods Group. Prior to joining Redwoods in 2011, Josh was the Executive Director for the YMCA of Honolulu, where he oversaw all operations and management for Camp H.R. Erdman branch. Josh has worked in various camp leadership positions for the YMCA since 1995. He holds a BS in Physical Education / Sports Management from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

Panelist: Gareth Hedges, The Redwoods Group

Gareth Hedges is Associate General Counsel for The Redwoods Group. Prior to this position, Gareth worked for six years as a Risk Management Specialist for Redwoods, focusing on aquatic safety, child abuse prevention and contractual risk management. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2003 with a degree in Public Policy, and received his J.D. from Albany Law School in 2009. He is active in the aquatics community, and recently spoke at the World Aquatic Health Conference, National Drowning Prevention Alliance Symposium, and Association of Aquatics Professionals Conference, as well as served on the CDC's expert panel on drowning prevention.  He was named one of Aquatics International's "Power 25" in 2012.  At Redwoods, he oversees investigations of all severe abuse and aquatics claims to help the family, the employees and the community heal after a tragic loss.

Panelist:  Michael Oostman

Michael has been intimately involved in lifeguarding and aquatic safety consulting for more than 20 years beginning as a lifeguard in Naperville, Illinois at Centennial Beach. This six year experience was initiated by his competitive swimming background and opened the door to a career in aquatic safety consulting with the firm of Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. From 1992 until 2004 Michael worked in many different capacities with Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc., at the end of his tenure he was Vice-President over international, investigations, litigation support and Walt Disney World Consulting. He presently in a Senior Associate with the firm. 2004-Present Michael established Oostman Aquatic Safety Consulting, Inc. to provide the aquatic community with a resource specifically designed to deal with aquatic related investigations, litigation support and seminars. Michael has trained and evaluated lifeguard, performed more than 500 drowning and near-drowning investigations, and been retained as an aquatics professional for litigation support in more than 60 court cases.

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Core Competencies: 
Program Planning
Risk Management