Espanola Receives SPLASH Funding


Espanola, ON/July 13, 2015

Espanola Receives Funding to Provide Lifeguard Training Opportunities & Increase  Scope  of Aquatic Programs
Retention of Lifeguards and Aquatic Instructors is an ongoing challenge in small communities, “Every fall we lose our trained guards who leave for post-secondary education and quite often, we don’t have enough qualified people in training to replace them,” says Dianne Polden, Manager of Espanola Leisure Services.  “Given our ongoing challenge to staff the pool and sustain our aquatic programs we applied to the Ontario Sport & Recreation Communities Fund for funding to provide training opportunities to increase the capacity of qualified lifeguards and instructors.”

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport awarded the Town of Espanola $38,200 for a two-year project which will support lifeguard and instructor training as well as the acquisition of new equipment to offer innovative and trending aquatic programs.  “This is a win for our community,” says Polden, “this funding will open opportunities to youth and adults wanting to explore careers in lifeguarding.  This funding will afford us the opportunity to invest in our community and build our capacity for aquatic program delivery.” 

Espanola Leisure Services invite the community to fill out an expression of interest application.  Candidates must be interested in water safety and health and fitness.  A limited number of candidates will be accepted for the training with the hope of beginning the program in September and completing in June of 2016.  Successful completion of the course will not guarantee employment at the Espanola pool but will increase opportunities for general employability throughout the country at pool and supervised beaches.

Applications are available at the front desk of the Rec Complex or can be downloaded here.

SPLASH Expression of Interest (pdf)

For info contact:  Sara Sokoloski/Aquatics Coordinator 705-869-1961ext 2205 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.