Elmhurst residents aren’t the only ones impressed by East End and Smalley pools. Besides offering a variety of aquatic activities—from slides and diving boards to water features and lap lanes—our lifeguards and facilities are getting national recognition.

Starfish Aquatics Institute, one of the premier lifeguard, swim instructor and pool operator certifying agencies in the United States, recently gave EPD lifeguards a 5-star rating, its highest honor.

Unidentified auditors, using methods similar to “mystery shoppers”, assessed lifeguards during June. Lifeguards were evaluated on scanning, attentiveness, and professionalism.

Auditors also conducted skill scenarios to assess how staff responded to drowning and emergency situations. And supervisory staff was evaluated for leadership and safety practices.

Altogether, more than 50 performance metrics were assessed, and EPD facilities not only met exceeded critical standards in each area.

The rating is impressive not only because it is difficult to achieve, but also because EPD pools have received the honor every year for more than five years.

Teamwork and communication were two areas where EPD lifeguards really stood out. Guards were recognized for the safety knowledge and ability to quickly respond to situations.

So the next time you’re at one of the pools, relax. You’re in good hands.

For more information about Elmhurst’s stellar park district and other benefits of our city, call us at (630) 441-5570 or visit us at www.gmregroup.com