Guarding Our Guards

2024 Atlantic Recreation & Facilities Conference (ARFC)
Adapt & Elevate 
May 29, 2024


Guarding our Guards: Learning 


Session Description
In December 2023, Jazmin Jefferson was a 21-year-old lifeguard in Washington, D.C. who experienced cardiac arrest while on stand; she collapsed into the basin she was guarding. Her backup lifeguards were completing admin duties in the pool office and maintenance in the pump room. Jazmin was submerged for at least 7 minutes and died from her injuries in hospital.

This is one of several recent instances of injury/death of lifeguards in Canada and the USA. This session will take a case study approach to review multiple cases and key takeaways. Attendees will leave this session with strategies and resources to assess and implement improvements at their aquatic facilities.

Speaker Bio
Katie has 20 years of experience in the commercial swimming pool industry in roles ranging from lifeguard, swim instructor, pool operator and facility manager. In 2017, she founded Lakeview Aquatic Consultants to address the gap between pool operations and programming. In 2020, Katie started the POOLaide Webinars to provide free education opportunities for the aquatic industry during the Pandemic. 

Katie has a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She's received numerous awards for high quality instruction and voluntary service to water safety and drowning prevention. Katie is based near Calgary, and travels to work with clients across Canada. She can be reached at



Downloadable Resources

PowerPoint Slides

Feedback form

Kahoot word cloud

Case Studies (all)


News articles & cases 

"Not one more: why pool professionals still need to talk about entrapment prevention" (PoolPro) 


Resource Websites

Lifesaving Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories: Standards Journal 2012

AMHSA Aquatic Health & Safety Awareness Campaign 

  • includes many free downloadable resources such as posters & health and safety talks