Safe in the Water

Recreation Management Featured the Carson Valley Swim Center in the January 2016 Magazine.  Below will show a few bits from the article, but if you wish to read more please click on the link here.   Safety has always been a priority at the Carson Valley Swim Center and we hope to see you here.

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Safe in the Water

Programs, Audits Are Key to Enhancing Aquatic Safety

By Deborah L. Vence

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS

Drowning remains the No. 1 aquatic safety issue, with lack of swimming ability, the absence of close supervision while swimming and the failure to wear life jackets being just a few of the risk factors.

“While we do a relatively good job of keeping our eyes on children of tender years, we often forget the older lap swimmers. Statistics show that the only increase in water-related deaths comes in that older age category between 49 years and 81,” said Tom Griffiths, president and founder, Aquatic Safety Research Group.

“I can’t begin to count the number of drownings involving lap swimmers. Many of these pool deaths are medically related, but if water enters the lungs in these victims, aquatic facilities are going to have a tough road ahead defending themselves,” he said.

Time and again, an assumption is made that someone is watching the water when no one really is.

“Too often, unnecessary drownings and near drownings occur because a parent or adult assumes kids can swim or that someone (lifeguard, other adults nearby or other kids) is watching the water,” said Dan Berzansky, owner and president of Premier Aquatic Services, an Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based aquatics service company that specializes in aquatics programming, lifeguarding, and CPR/AED and first aid training. “Most of the time, it’s a bad assumption. Once there is an emergency, oftentimes no one around knows how to respond. The delayed response time leads to irreversible damage or even death of the victim.”….

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…He added, too, that water safety programs not only get the kids involved, but the parents as well. The idea is getting parents together and having a lifeguard or aquatics director highlight the points about water safety, provide education for the parents and stress that you still have to watch your kids in the water.

“[Parents] are the first line of defense against drowning. Lifeguards are human. They can make errors. Nothing is better than keeping an eye on your own kid,” he stressed.