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Management Sessions by Water Safety Expert Shawn DeRosa
  • Predators and Public Parks / Pools: Can we keep our children safe?  
    We know people that prey upon children live lawfully in our communities and we suspect they may even use our parks and swim in our pools. But what steps should recreation providers take to minimize the chance of a sexual predator using public facilities as a means to get close to children? Can you exclude known offenders from your pool? Is it reasonable to ask young, teenage staff (e.g. lifeguards) to assume responsibility for detecting potential pedophiles? Learn what the law requires you to do to help keep children reasonably safe while using your parks and pools.

  • How to Make Your Adolescent Lifeguards Professionals    
    Because adolescence truly does not end until age 25, there is much to be done when mentoring teenagers into young professionals.  From uniforms to posture, continuing education opportunities to resume building, scanning strategies to emergency response, hear how to shape your young staff into true professionals. The tips offered will be practical and achievable and will empower your staff to kick it up a notch.  (Developed with Dr. Tom Griffiths)

  • From the Pool to the Boardroom - Business Etiquette You Didn't Learn in College  
    We've all been in those awkward situations; you see someone you've met many times before but you can't remember her name. You're walking with a business associate and you meet someone you've known for years.  How do you properly introduce the two to each other? The waiter places a basket of bread on the table, what do you do? To distinguish yourself from your peers in a business setting you don't have to be 100% better than everyone else, you just have to be a little more polished. This session will get you started.

  • Surviving the Dreaded Deposition
    An injury occurs at your facility.  You’ve interviewed staff, provided counseling, and completed all necessary records and reports.  Within a few weeks, you receive a Freedom of Information Act Request.  What should you do now?  Do you know what to expect as you prepare this case for trial?  Are you ready to be a witness for your department?  Have you prepared yourself for the deposition?  While most cases will settle out of court, you must prepare yourself for trial.  This session will get you underway

  • Human Resources 101 - Keeping Your Head Above Water
    New managers are often faced with having to hire, discipline and terminate staff.  Mangers are also responsible for enforcing policies and procedures unique to the recreation and/or aquatic environment, and for responding to claims of sexual harassment and retaliation.  But do they really understand the legal implications arising out of human resource functions?  This session will begin exploring how legal issues and human resource functions are intertwined.

  • Summer Romances - When to Turn Off the Heat
    At what point does a manager interfere with a budding romance between staff members?  Many situations can take a manager by surprise, particularly when the job description mandates the wearing of a bathing suit, when relationships between staff under and over the age of 18 begin to arise or when inappropriate adult attention towards guards is noticed. What is the role of the manager in these situations?  When is parental notification or involvement needed?  How have legal cases shaped this aspect of the recreation industry? At the age when many staff may be eager for this type of attention, how are they taught to recognize the dangers of it to both themselves and to the employer?

  • Interviewing for Success
    The interview is your chance to showcase yourself beyond what your resume shows. Learn ten key tips to a successful interview as well as the top 5 interview blunders to avoid. Come prepared to simulate a job interview and leave ready to land your next job! This session is designed for young professionals moving into the workforce but is equally helpful for those who may be interviewing entry-level employees.

  • Food Allergies, EpiPens and a Shot of Reality
    Food allergies are common among children. As park and recreation departments undertake a variety of child care programs, including day camps and summer meal programs, it becomes incumbent upon child "care providers" to take reasonable steps to minimize the risk of anaphylactic reactions among program participants. Learn what is required of public agencies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and what you can do to minimize risk to your department.

  • Tattoos, Body Piercing & Your Facility
    With the resurgence of tattoos and body piercing comes increased awareness of the safety concerns that accompany choices of body adornment.  The prevalence of body piercing raises numerous safety and personal freedom issues.  How can recreation and sport professionals anticipate and respond to these issues in an objective manner? This “For Adults Only” session will help introduce you to these issues and will help you to make an informed decision on how to manage these risks.  (Developed with Robin C. Benton, Me.D., Professor of Aquatic Management at Salem State College)

  • Advanced Issues in Sexual Harassment - A Guide for Managers
    Sexual harassment, as well as other forms of discrimination, continue to plague workplaces across the nation. Those in the recreation and aquatic field often receive little, if any, training on how to identify and manager harassment in the public setting. This session will review the standards and laws surrounding sexual harassment and will highlight the less obvious or less “planned for” incidents of sexual harassment, including third party and same-sex harassment. Tips for avoiding or minimizing the effects of retaliation claims will also be discussed.

  • HIV+ Athletes in Community Sports
    Alternative Title: Communicable Diseases in Community Sports

    With over 150,000 Americans living with HIV and over 350,000 living with AIDS, recreation and sport managers should expect that at least one of their players is HIV positive.  But is your staff prepared to handle the responsibilities of managing the safety of the HIV positive athlete as well as that of other program participants?  This session will highlight issues and resources available to help park and recreation professionals address issues of communicable diseases in community sports.

  • Mock Trials
    The depositions are over.  Settlement is not an option.  Against all odds, this case is proceeding to trial.  Do you know what to expect?  How would you evaluate your peers if you were the expert witness?  Participate in our mock trial, where YOU get to participate in the outcome!   Note:  Mock trials are workshops, not educational sessions.


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