A drowning is a truly devastating event. And after the fact, people usually ask, “How did this happen?” Unfortunately, the answer is often not a good one.
Yet, drowning accidents continue to occur at rather alarming rates. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, over 3,500 fatal drowning accidents occurred in 2005, or an average of nearly 10 per day. If you’re an aquatics program provider, you want to avoid being part of these startling statistics.
Managing aquatic risk exposures requires real vigilance and concerted effort from aquatic program managers, staff and volunteers. Consequently, if you manage, supervise or coordinate aquatic programs for your clients, we suggest you consider the following:
- Developing and maintaining written aquatic safety and emergency plans
- Assuring certified and experienced aquatic personnel supervise the programs
- Establishing and monitoring reasonable aquatic personnel-to-swimmer ratios
- Purchasing and maintaining appropriate safety and resuscitative equipment
- Providing frequent and on-going training for managers, staff and volunteers involved in the programs
A diligent safety commitment to your aquatic programs may save lives, and keep you (and your clients) from becoming just another statistic.Suggestions and comments contained herein are provided for purposes of general education only. Suggestions and comments are not intended for the purpose of providing you with legal advice or legal counsel, and are not intended to assure compliance with or complete analysis of any law, rule or regulation. In addition, suggestions and comments should not be interpreted to imply or infer that all exposures, hazards or loss potentials on any subject or issue were identified or considered. No warranty, or guaranty of accuracy, fitness or suitability, express or implied, is granted with respect to any of the information contained herein.