Naval Station Guantanamo Bay: Managing Recreation Programs at a Remote Location

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Naval Station Guantanamo Bay: Managing Recreation Programs at a Remote Location


Bardoni, Jennifer, Parks & Recreation


Established in 1903, United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB), Cuba, is the military's oldest overseas base and one of the most remote military bases in the world. It's home to approximately 5,000 military personnel (active duty and reservists), military dependents, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians and government contractors. NSGB serves as the Navy's strategic logistics installation for routine, contingency, counternarcotic and migrant operations in the Caribbean region.

The Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department (MWR) is the base's sole recreational program provider. While residents have access to 45 square miles of beautiful beaches, pristine waters and rugged mountain terrain, travel into Cuba from the base remains prohibited. Given its unique location, providing recreational activities at NSGB comes with challenges in facilities management, training and programming.

Facilities Management

The remote conditions require the base to be 100 percent self-sufficient in water and electrical production, and quality recreation programs. The aquatics program is a collaborative effort: Two swimming pools are staffed, supervised and a administered by DoD employees, and chlorine levels and pump operations are monitored by the base operating support (BOS) contractor. Should a pool chlorinator break down, the facility run low on necessary chemicals or a pump burst without warning, it may take up to three months for repair parts to arrive.

Standard United States Postal Service mail delivery can range from two weeks to one month, and only a small category of parts can be delivered by air transportation. So, if a mechanical part is too large to ship by standard mail, it will be shipped by barge. Barges depart from Jacksonville, Florida, and also carry other cargo, including personal household goods, construction materials and bulk material. The Caribbean crossing periodically can result in a delay of up to three months.

On shifting the previous chlorine gas system to alkaline system that can generate chlorine using a salt generator solved the challenge of obtaining the quantities of liquid chlorine necessary to run the swimming pools safely. Though complex, this system allows the facility manager to revert to chlorine tabs if the generator breaks down.

Training

Managers in the continental United States can send staff, managers and lifeguards to conferences or provide trainers on-site. However, travel and other associated costs for comparable education are typically prohibitive for Guantanamo Bay MWR, so having a certified American Red Cross lifeguard instructor and water safety instructor trainer on staff offers flexibility to accommodate training on a locally determined schedule without having to send personnel off the "island." Having a NRPA AFO instructor on staff also allows the opportunity to ensure that aquatics staff, the installation public works department and resident government contractors receive comprehensive instruction on pool operations, including water chemistry, mechanical systems and pool operations. …

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