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Bolingbrook aquatic park earns 5-Star award

BOLINGBROOK – The Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) and StarGuard Elite (SGE) awarded Bolingbrook Park District, the prestigious StarGuard Elite 5-Star Award following an unannounced performance audit of the lifeguards and management staff.

Tim Jaskieweicz, Pelican Harbor aquatics manager, accepted the award on behalf of the park district.

Lifeguards were first assessed using a “mystery shopper” approach to evaluate scanning, attentiveness and professionalism. Next, skill scenarios were conducted to evaluate the ability of the staff to respond to drowning and other emergencies.

Supervisor staff was evaluated for leadership ability, and documentation and safety practices of the facility were reviewed as well. Over 50 performance metrics were assessed and Pelican Harbor met critical standards in every one, and exceeded standards to earn the overall 5-star rating.

“Very few aquatic facilities qualify to receive this honor,” Jill White, founder of SAI and principal in SGE, said in a news release. “It represents a tremendous commitment to safety and training, and exceptional performance by the lifeguard staff on duty at the time.”

The local lifeguards who contributed to achievement of the 5-Star award included:

• Anaise Laforest – scanning observation

• Riley Strafaci – Ssanning observation, sudden cardiac arrest response, unresponsive drowning scenario and spinal injury management

• Ethan Jones – unresponsive drowning scenario

• Sergey Markelov – unresponsive drowning scenario

• Rob Bast – supervisor observation
SAI is one of the premier lifeguard, swim instructor and pool operator certifying agencies in the United States. The Institute offers evidence-based curricula recognized worldwide. SGE provides risk prevention services such as training, performance audits and operational support to the aquatic industry, in an effort to improve safety and reduce the risk of drowning.

The Bolingbrook Park District is a public parks and recreation agency located in Bolingbrook..

The Bolingbrook Park District operates two community centers, an indoor/outdoor aquatic park, golf course, banquet hall and restaurant, two fitness centers, two outdoor skate parks, a sports complex, nature center and conservation area, and 48 parks along with their many playgrounds, picnic shelters and over 1087 acres of land.

For more information, visit or call 630-739-0272.

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