Georgetown lifeguards help test new American Red Cross training tool

Jul 28, 2023

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department was selected as one of only two cities in the U.S. to participate in beta testing for the American Red Cross’s new Lifeguard VR Training App in early 2023.

Virtual reality technology addresses the challenges of drowning prevention and revolutionizes how lifeguards practice surveillance, delivering a more engaging and effective learning experience. Lifeguard VR reinforces skills taught in the classroom and improves learning outcomes.

“The City of Georgetown aquatics staff is extremely proud we were chosen to help beta test such an important technological tool that will be rolled out to lifeguards throughout the country,” Georgetown Aquatics Supervisor Charles Logan said. “Scanning and victim recognition are the most important jobs of a lifeguard, and the VR tool has been an invaluable addition to our staff training.”

In May, the American Red Cross won two Webby awards in the Science & Education Metaverse, Immersive, and Visual category; and a Silver Edison Award honoring the best in innovation.

Lifeguard VR is currently under development and is expected to be released later this year.

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