- 1.You Don't Pay Lifeguards to Babysit... You Pay Them to Save Lives. Swimming Pool Safety Draft 9 15 2011 Newquist
- Lifeguards have a tremendous responsibility.
- They save lives similar to fire fighters, and emergency medical professionals.
- They try to prevent accidental drowning.
- This PowerPoint starts with one public death and then many local saves this year.
- This PowerPoint collects some of the recent DeKalb lifeguard saves that are often never recognized by the public.
- Several of the drowning accidents used here are to prevent future occurrences.
- Most photos are depictions of similar issues.
3. 36-year-old mother of five - July 2011
- Her body rested in the murk at the bottom of the public pool for two days.
- Unacceptable cloudiness of the water.
- Diver at the bottom after the accident the next day was not visible at the bottom.
4. Water Clarity
- Tests for chlorine are not to determine clarity and visibility.
- Need test to ensure bottom can be seen.
- ANSI Appendix H"The deepest part of the pool shall be visible and sharply defined.
ANSI/NSPI -1Standard for Public Swimming Pools. 2003 5. These Deaths Were Preventable
- These were not isolated cases.
- According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the sixth leading cause of death when it comes to unintentional injuries.
- Workers have a right to a safe workplace.
- In the swimming pool sector these are the largest risks among many:
- All of these are preventable
6. Injury Prevention Basics
- Hazard Prevention and Control
- Program Evaluation and Improvement
- Communication and coordination on multi-employer sites
- These principles are adopted and recognized by
- States AR, CA, LA, HI, MN, MT NV, NH, NY, OR, WA
7. Saves = Near Miss
- In many companies, they track near misses to prevent future serious accidents and deaths.
- These near misses are free lessons to change the outcome of the next event.
8. Swim Lesson Save -DeKalb 2010
- Pool was overloaded with kids learning how to swim going back and forth using bubble floats.
- At the five foot area of the pool, the six year old girl was bobbing up and downand swallowing water.
- Off duty Lifeguard saved the girl when he noticed the signs of drowning.
- Bubble floats are not life vests!
- How many swimmers can one swim instructor handle?
9. Water Aerobics Rescue - DeKalbJuly 13, 2011
- Water aerobic class was getting ready to start.
- Open swim participants were getting out.
- 93 year old women lost footing in swallow end and went under.
- Lifeguard slid in feet first and pulled her up.
- She got her footing back with the lifeguards help and was taken out.
10. DeKalb Double Save July 20, 2011
- 7 year old who could not swim grabbed her older sister 11 years old who could swim and took both down.
- Lifeguard saw this and rescued both.
- Parent had left to use the bathroom for a minute.
11. DeKalb Save July 29, 2011
- Mom, grandma, and kids ages 2, 3, & 6.
- The six year old took off life vest to get ready to leave.
- He then got excited and jumped into the pool.
- Lifeguard at deep end did not see him in go into water that was over 6 inches his head.
- His mom yelled and lifeguard saw him
- The kid was coughing when rescued,
- Mom had a toddler in hand and
12. DeKalb Slide Save July 21, 2011
- Parent takesflotationdevice off 2 year year old.
- The two year goes on the slide in deep end.
- The parent catches the kid, but goes under trying to keep her daughter up.
- Off duty lifeguard dives in and grabs the kid. The mother is then able to come up.
- Slide is in deep end. WHY?
Slide in Shallow end 13. DeKalb Slide Save January 2011
- 20 year old babysitter took 8 year old girl to slide.
- The babysitter thought she could could catch and hold girl.
- 8 year old could not swim.
- The babysitter went under after catching girl.
- Lifeguard went in and took 8 year old to side of the pool.
- The babysitter was able to come up then.
14. DeKalb Activity CenterSave 2011
- Father w/ 4 kids - 10, 8, 2, 1
- Father leaves activity center w just 2 year old.
- Activity center has toys w/ choking hazards.
- One year old puts toys in his mouth.
- Supervisor sees this and gets the toy out. She picks up small toys.
- Supervisor sits with baby until dad gets back.
- The activity camera does not cover area.
- Toys must be age appropriate for kids.
- Activity Center part of the pool complex.
15. Leonard Pope Saves 6 y.o. Child June 12, 2011
- I saw Bryson going down in the water and I started screaming. Leonard was inside, and he came out of nowhere and dove into the water without any hesitation, cell phone in his pocket and all.
- When my head was going down into the water, and when my head was touching into the water, I got scared, 6 year old Bryson said. I felt Pope touching my waist, and then he picked me up, and I came up coughing. I didnt feel so well.
- Pope was the only person at the party who knew how to swim so I don't want to think what would have happened if he weren't there.
He saved my son's life, and I am so thankful that he was there for me and my child. 16. RI Rescue July 12, 2011
- East Providence Boys & Girls Club, RI
- Joshua Adweysi, 11, of East Providence, had jumped into the pool with the other children and swum into the deep end.
- Lifeguard Regan Jeffrey, 20, said the boy was swimming along the bottom when he seemed to panic and struggle. "The kids started freaking out."
- Jeffrey said he dove in and pulled Joshua out of the water. Rogers said the lifeguard performed CPR on the boy, who was taken to Hasbro Children's Hospital.
- The children were involved in a summer program run by the city's recreation department. Rogers said there were 61 children at the pool that day, supervised by five staff and two lifeguards.
17. 12 y.o. Boy 'alert' after nearly drowning in Great Falls pool July 23, 2011
- A mixture of adults and kids were using the pool at 7:45 p.m. when someone called out about an object under water.
- "They jumped into action immediately," Reichelt said, explaining lifeguards are trained in what to do during an emergency. "They whistled three times. They jumped to the bottom of the pool. One called 9-1-1.
- The boy was continuing to receive treatment at Benefis Health System, according to a city of Great Falls news release Monday afternoon.
- Great Falls police late Sunday had reported the boy was "alert" but still in intensive care at the hospital's east campus.
- "Our lifeguards did start CPR," she said.
18. TX Apartment Pool Save July 25, 2011
- Witnesses at the Winding Creek Apartment Homes saw the 7 y.o boy facedown in the pool and thought he was playing.
- Arreguin, 30, a cable repair tech, said he was about to check on his next job when he heardscreams.
- The foster parent trained in CPR jumped over a gate into the pool area and saw that the boy was out of the water but wasn'tbreathing.
- "His face was all blue. It was pretty bad," Arreguin said. "All I could picture was my own son