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Sahara Sam's Wins Prestigious Award for Water Safety

March 16, 2012 - West Berlin, NJ

Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park has been awarded the prestigious Silver International Aquatic Safety Award by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc., International Aquatic Safety & Risk Management Consultants based in Ococee, Florida.

"Please extend our profound congratulations to every member of your aquatic safety staff for their commitment to professional excellence and desire to make a difference for those who frequent your aquatic facilities," wrote Richard A. Carroll, Senior VP/COO of Ellis & Associates in his announcement letter.

Ellis & Associates tests each of its Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program members with unannounced safety audits four times per year. Ellis auditors test the facility's emergency action plans with real-life emergency scenarios. They also test each of the lifeguards on staff for their rescue proficiency and safety knowledge. Only those organizations scoring in the top 30% of the audit criteria receive this award.

Guests of Sahara Sam's are consistently being afforded with the highest degree of swimmer protection currently available for the aquatic industry. Sahara Sam's, like 80% of the country's water parks, are clients of Ellis & Associates. All of the lifeguards at Sahara Sam's have taken and successfully completed Ellis' National Pool & Waterpark Lifeguard Training course. Sahara Sam's also trains and fully-certifies its lifeguards in first aid and CPR through an extensive classroom course and practical real-water scenarios.

"Our lifeguard staff is one of the finest in the country," said Jim Nolan, Operations Director for Sahara Sam's and I.L.T.P. (International Pool & Waterpark Lifeguard Training Program) Instructor. "My staff and I are greatly honored by this award. Indeed, the best award that exists is the one given by one's own colleagues, those who how your work."

Sahara Sam's Oasis opened its doors in March 2009 as New Jersey's first free-standing indoor water park with 58,000 square feet of indoor aquatic attractions. Sahara Sam's attractions include a family raft ride, tube slides, adventure river, water tree fort, basketball pool, cargo obstacle course and an indoor surfing simulator! The newest attraction is SAMAZON Ropes Adventure. Sahara Sam's newest initiative is the SAMBULANCE Educational Safety Program, a complimentary educational program for schools, camps, and community groups. SAMBULANCE, a 501(c)3, based at and primarily funded by Sahara Sam's, teaches children about safety awareness, first aid, stranger danger, water safety and more.

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