By George Kilbert | March 8, 2021

A Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park lifeguard, Haley Andrzejewski, has been awarded the prestigious “International Golden Guard Safety Award” by international aquatic safety and risk management firm, Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc.

Splash Lagoon has a partnership with Ellis & Associates to ensure the absolute highest standard of lifeguard training and safety for guests of the popular indoor water park. Lifeguards are observed by Ellis & Associates during unannounced Aquatic Safety Audits.

During these audits, lifeguards are reviewed using undercover video surveillance, evaluated on basic life support skills, and tested with simulated emergencies that measure the effectiveness of established Emergency Action Plans.

Haley received the honor of being named a Golden Guard after being observed “performing normal job duties while exhibiting behaviors that surpass the expectations of all safety standards in the areas such as swimmer surveillance, professionalism and vigilance.” It is important to note that only about 1% of the estimated 100,000 lifeguards evaluated by Ellis & Associates annually receive this honor.

Haley’s accomplishment was recognized during a surprise ceremony on Friday, March 5 where Haley was presented with a check for $500 by Nick Scott Sr., President of Scott Enterprises, which owns & operates Splash Lagoon.

During the Aquatic Safety Audit, Splash Lagoon also received the highest possible ranking of “Exceeds” by the renowned aquatic safety firm. This recognizes that Splash Lagoon’s entire lifeguarding team was observed exceeding the rigorous safety standards set by Ellis & Associates.

“We are proud of our entire lifeguarding team at Splash Lagoon” explains Nick Scott Sr. “Our lifeguards are held to incredibly high standards and receive training from the best possible sources. It’s very excited to have one of our guards, Haley Andrzejewski, recognized with this international award.”

“This award should be reassuring to the parents of children who come to Splash Lagoon for a safe and enjoyable day of fun” said Nick Scott Jr, Vice-President of Scott Enterprises. “We observe and achieve the highest levels of lifeguard training and safety in the nation.”

“We are proud to once again bring recognition to Splash Lagoon, as we continue to attract visitors to the Erie Region on a year-round basis” said Chris N. Scott, Vice-President of Scott Enterprises.

The Golden Guard award adds to Splash Lagoon’s recognition as a top-rated indoor water park. Splash Lagoon was recently named a Top Water Park by the editors and readers of Lake Erie Living Magazine. Splash Lagoon has also received Top 10 rankings in several recent years by USA Today and Trip Advisor.

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