Hersheypark Wins Prestigious International Aquatic Safety Award
Hersheypark is proud to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award, presented by International Aquatic Safety and Risk Management Consultants, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. (E&A)
“All of us at Hersheypark are honored by this award and very proud of the members on our lifeguard staff who consistently exceed the high standards set by Jeff Ellis & Associates,” said Laura Woodburn, Director of Ride Operations.
International Aquatic Safety Awards are presented only to E&A's most elite clients. Given in three levels - Silver, Gold, and Platinum - only the top 10% of E&A clients in the world receive a Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award each year.
The Platinum Award demonstrates that the Hersheypark aquatic facilities consistently surpass industry standards in risk management and epitomize aquatic safety excellence.
International Aquatic Safety Awards are presented annually to participants in E&A's Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program (CARMP) and are based on the results of multiple random Unannounced Aquatic Facility Operational Safety Audits throughout the year.
These audits include undercover video surveillance of individual lifeguards while they protect their Zone of Protection areas, in order to accurately evaluate their professional diligence. This year’s Lifeguard team scored “Exceed” on every observation in the three unannounced audits.
Additionally, individual and team basic life support and rescue skills are evaluated, along with simulated emergencies that measure the effectiveness of established Emergency Action Plans. The audit concludes with administrative, supervisory and facility evaluations. All E&A client facilities are top performers and represent the finest and safest aquatic facilities in the world. As such, it is of particular note when E&A facilities perform so well that they are granted an International Aquatic Safety Award.
Hersheypark was founded in 1907 by chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey as a picnic and pleasure grounds for the employees of his chocolate factory and the residents of the town of Hershey. Today the park has grown to 121-acres with more than 70 rides and attractions, including 13 exhilarating roller coasters. Included in the one-price admission of Hersheypark amusement park is The Boardwalk at Hersheypark waterpark, with 14 unique water attractions and 29 private rental cabanas; and ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, an 11-acre, walk-through zoo that cares for more than 200 animals representing more than 60 species. In addition, the Park features live daily entertainment, retail shopping, family games and numerous food and beverage options. To stay current on all the happenings at Hersheypark, please connect with our branded social media channels – Hersheypark on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter plus Snapchat as Hersheyparksnap. For information about Hersheypark, visit www.hersheypark.com
About Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc.
About Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. Founded in 1983, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. (E&A) is an international aquatic safety and risk management firm dedicated to the prevention and elimination of drowning and other catastrophic aquatic events. Among its many services, E&A utilizes its Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program along with its International Lifeguard Training Program™ (ILTPTM) to advance the latest life-saving technology, methods, and practices to dramatically reduce or eliminate risks - most importantly drowning events - and enhance the overall aquatic safety protection systems in place within their client family. As part of the Comprehensive Program with its clients, E&A trains and licenses lifeguards, following up that training through mandatory Unannounced Aquatic Facility Operational Safety audits of licensed lifeguards to ensure optimum performance and skills that are always at “test-ready” levels. E&A works with an ever-expanding client base which includes park & recreation departments, special districts, health clubs, homeowners associations, waterpark, and resort destinations across North America and South America and in diverse locations around the world, such as South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.