In April of 2020, while the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the aquatics staff knew their mission to educate others on water safety was needed - more than ever - as so many summer water activities would occur away from the facility.
To that end, the aquatics staff created water safety videos as part of Allen's LIFE at Home resource series. The Water Safety Video Series included seven individually recorded videos ranging from 40 seconds to two minutes in length. Learn to Swim Program Coordinator, Katie Krout, led the content development and direction for each of the videos. While Aquatic Program Supervisor, Bryan Kelley, and Head Lifeguards, Thomas Friend, Joseph Nguyen and Garrett Frick, stepped into the spotlight as actors to visually represent real‐world scenarios and the appropriate responses. From dynamic script writing, to comical acting and clever editing, the staff went above and beyond to deliver a fantastic resource for residents.
In November, the staff's innovative set of videos was recognized as North Texas Aquatic Association's Virtual Program: Special Event of the Year! Unexpected facility closures, canceled programming and executive mandates on social distancing could have caused Allen Parks and Recreation Aquatics staff to waiver, disheartening as the facility closure was. Thankfully, they saw the opportunity to engage with the community above and beyond the usual educational training means. Allen Parks and Recreation will continue to highlight these videos for years to come and encourage additions to the series for the 2021 summer season.
Congratulations to the aquatics staff involved in every part of these videos. To watch the videos, now or later this year as you prep for summer fun, click here!