StarGuard ELITE (SGE) and the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) have announced the CMAHC certification of the StarGuard Lifeguard Program—the organization’s first ever certification of a lifeguard training program.
This achievement promotes the health, safety, and wellness of the lifeguards who complete SGE training and the aquatic facilities they serve.
The CMAHC certification program was launched in 2018 to educate the public about products and services that meet standards in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s)
Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). If followed, the guidance in the code helps reduce the risk for disease outbreaks, drownings, and chemical injuries at public aquatic facilities. The CMAHC awards certification to services or products that comply with the relevant standards in the latest edition of the code.
“As a long-time supporter of MAHC and its evidence-based guidelines for aquatic health and safety, we are extremely proud to have the program receive the first ever CMAHC certification,” said StarGuard ELITE president Wess Long. “We hope this brings confidence to all lifeguards who complete our program and the aquatic managers who hire them.”
The StarGuard lifeguard program is an industry-leading training curriculum and internationally-recognized certification. SGE’s evidence-based protocols and adult learner activities are the foundation of a curriculum that fosters practical skills and retention.
SGE partners with American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) for all CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED), first aid, and emergency oxygen training elements used in the program, which is designed to be adaptable to any type of pool or non-surf waterfront.
After initial certification, CMAHC re-evaluates each service or product annually to ensure it continues to meet the same standards required to maintain recertification.
“We have been working hard to expand our certification program to include lifeguard programs and were honoured to work with StarGuard ELITE,” said CMAHC technical director Dewey Case. “Now more than ever, it is critical our nation’s lifeguards are trained with the highest calibre curriculums and learner activities. CMAHC certification can serve as an important step in this kind of quality control.”