Episode 24: Pool and Water Safety with Eric “Shendy” Shendelman



Shendy fills us in on his journey to opening Shendy’s Swim Centre, where his passion for teaching water safety began, and talks about his working personality vs his after work personality.
We also learn about his moment of glory on the golf course.

Curt tells us about his favourite submission from his pool and waterfront round table – from Tricia Kline that has to do with tennis balls in a pool, and spelling!

Shendy plays a round of two truths and a lie.
Can you guess which one is the lie?
Almost 50 years old
Married for almost 24 years
Runs a chicken business on the side

He also gives advice on ensuring that you have developed practiced procedures in place, talks about how the temperature of the water, the facility, the environment and the motivation and qualifications of the staff can impact the program.

Shendy talks about why it’s important to have safety training in camp and recreation facilities and identifies some of the gaps in those programs and the three most important things they can do to provide safer aquatics. Then he gives great advice for managing staff and identifying who’s on duty when participants are in the water, and talks about some of his favourite water games and activities.

A poem by Shendy
“Figure out a way to bring people in.
Start out slowly,
and teach them to swim.”


Lightening Round

What book do you recommend for other camp/ recreation professionals?
How to be a Camp Counsellor by Catherine Ross

What’s a word that has meaning for you professionally?

What’s one piece of advice you have for an emerging camp/ rec professional?
Find the best mentors possible.

What’s your favourite quote?
“It’s not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”
“The only thing to fear is fear itself.”

How to reach Shendy

Swim Fin Canada

Things we’re grateful for

Patti – Eric and people like him who are having important conversations about safety.
Curt – People who make time to share things that have worked at their camp.
Shendy – For his family, friends, and the sending of important messages by his mentors and people like them.

Random Questions

What would be the worst buy one get one sale of all time?
Curt – Movie Snacks (since he often goes solo)
Shendy – A surgery
Patti – A monocle

If a company offered to give you a lifetime supply of product for tattooing their logo on your body, would you? And if yes, which company would it be (and where is the tattoo)? Submitted by Lanet Hane
Patti – Amazon or Indigo, on her foot?
Curt – Car company, lifetime supply of vehicles, on his arm.
Shendy – Las Vegas Hotel or Atlantas in the Bahamas, on his back.

Patti totally forgot to send Shendy her and Curt’s mailing address!!

How to reach us

Curt: Summer Camp Pro

Patti: The Camp Nerd

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