Tag Archives: Safety

Starting Blocks and Water Depth: Is Your Pool Safe?

When it comes to the world of competitive swimming, there are stringent guidelines that everyone involved in the pool design process must take into consideration. This is especially true for water depths beneath starting blocks. Starting blocks are raised platforms typically mounted on the pool deck at the end of competitive swimming lanes. In most […]

Lifeguarding

Teach your lifeguards where to look. Lifeguards need to know their zone of protection for each stand they cover like the back of their hand. They need to know where their zone begins and ends; where any blind spots may be; how the glare on the surface changes from stand to stand depending on the […]

Hazardous Materials

One of the major challenges with keeping pools safe and healthy is the need for hazardous materials to be on-site, manly chlorine and acid.  This creates two major concerns.  The first is the need to store these materials, the second is making sure operators handle them properly. The amount of hazardous material that is allowed […]

Auditing Your Lifeguards

Why Recognition is Difficult There is a common misconception that if the lifeguard is paying attention and seated on an elevated lifeguard stand, that they will easily be able to spot a struggling swimmer.  This could not be further from the truth.  Surface turbulence due to swimmers or wind, deep pools, and possible sight obstructions […]

How Confident A Swimmer Are YOU?

While lifeguarding an open-water practice swim for about 200 people, I noticed two swimmers together, both women with their heads raised out of the water.  Since this is both a sign of and precursor to fatigue which can lead to swimming distress, I chose to warn them about crossing the upcoming canal, a 200-yard stretch […]