Swim Safety Supervisor

Setup and Opening Swim Area

The Safety Supervisor needs to inspect the swimming area, the safety gear, identify any issues or hazards, sign in  and log any findings, and then they can formally open the area for swimming.

1.    Inspect everything.
a.    Check the equipment. Per NYS Code, the following items need to be present:  a 1st Aid kit, a coast guard approved ring buoy with 50’ rope, a 15’ pole. In addition Thendara has other safety equipment (including a whistle, airhorn, emergency phone, PFD’s). Please inspect all safety equipment and familiarise yourself with the items and their use.
b.    Check the dock for any damage that might expose a sharp corner or something else that could injure a swimmer.
c.     Check the water for any floating obstructions – branches, fishing line or hooks.

Check the weather for any signs of thunderstorms or lightning . When there are storm clouds, thunder, or lightning, clear water and dock and instruct guests to go indoors.

2.   Sign into the Supervisors log.
Before anyone can begin swimming a Safety Supervisor must sign in to the log book (noting the date/time, and any specific hazards or damage observed).

3.    Greet everyone. Officially open the dock and greet anyone who arrives, identify your self as the safety supervisor on duty and…
a.    Make sure they have registered at the camp and have signed a liability waiver for each member of their family.
b.    Alert them of any potential hazards.
c.     Remind them swimming is at their own risk – there is no lifeguard on duty.
d.    Confirm potential bathers can either 1.swim well or 2. are personally supervised in the water (parent swimming with a non-swimming child) or 3. are wearing a PFD.

Voluntary swim test:  if a child or other swimmer is unsure of their own swim abilities the Supervisor can suggest a voluntary swim test where the swimmer swims the length of the dock and back alongside the dock while being closely observed. This is a good way to indicate whether they are a strong enough swimmer to swim without a PFD and/or immediately adjacent supervision in the water.

4.   Inform parents that while you are there to help with safety you are not a lifeguard and it is their responsibility to watch their children

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