Lee County Parks & Recreation's four swimming pools have received the prestigious Five Star Award from the national Starfish Aquatics Institute following an unannounced performance audit of the lifeguards and management staff.
"Very few aquatic facilities qualify receive this honor," institute President Leslie Donavan said. "It represents a tremendous commitment to safety and training, and exceptional performance by the lifeguard staff on duty at the time."
The Lee County-operated pools include Lehigh Acres Community Pool, North Fort Myers Community Pool, Pine Island Community Pool and San Carlos Community Pool. All received surprise inspections during the past three months.
"Five stars says a lot about the safety of our pools," said Nancy Apperson, Lee County Parks & Recreation senior aquatics supervisor. "Our staff is really diligent, and I'm proud of them."
The Starfish Aquatics Institute is one of the largest lifeguard, swim instructor and pool operator certifying agencies in the United States. The Institute offers state-of-the-art training courses and also provides services such as performance audits to the aquatic industry in an effort to improve safety and reduce the risk of drowning.
For more information about pool locations and hours, visit www.leeparks.org or call (239) 533-7275.