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While the Safety Supervisor is on duty they are in charge of safety on the dock. They need to enforce the rules and be aware and alert to potential risks of injury or drowning at all times.
It’s the Safety Supervisors job to see that the camp rules are followed for the swim area. They are authorized and expected to ask members or guests to comply or to leave the area. Here is the list of rules for the swimming area:
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to Sunset
This is a NYS code. No swimming after dark.
Open to Thendara Members and Registered Guests ONLY
This is a NYS code. Only members and guests who have signed a liability form and paid the fee are allowed to swim. The swim area is not open to the general public. This is important for both liability for the club and for compliance with our level III status with the state.
Swimming is permitted in roped-off swimming area only.
This is a NYS code. No swimming outside of the roped area directly in front of the swim dock. You can only enter the swim area from the dock not from the shore.
Diving is not permitted
This is a NYS code. No head first diving in the swim area. Diving into water under 9 feet deep can result in severe injury.
Inflatable buoyancy devices and diving equipment are not permitted
All Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) should be US Coast Guard Rated. No inflatable swim aids toys or devices should be used (water wings, blow up tubes, etc). Non-inflatable devices such as noodles and kickboards are allowed but should never be used as a PFD or relied upon to support a weak or non-swimmer.
Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted at the waterfront .
This is a NYS code. Soft drinks are allowed as long they are not in glass or breakable containers that could cause injury. All garbage must be removed from the swim area and disposed of properly.
Two or more adults (18 years of age or older) must be present at the beach or dock when the bathing facility is in use, at least one adult on the dock or beachfront.
This is a NYS code.
Children less than 16 years of age must at all times be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
This is a NYS code. No parent or guardian may drop off children under the age of 16 and leave them at the swim dock. Parents or guardians are ultimately responsible for the safety and actions of their children even if they are over the age of 16.
Maximum of 18 Person may be in the water at any time.
Camping or overnight sleeping is not permitted on docks
It is unsafe to camp or sleep overnight on a dock. A disoriented person could fall into the water and drown.
In an Emergency call 9-1-1.
9-1-1 is the only number to use for an emergency. The 9-1-1 Call center will send the appropriate first responders based upon the nature of the emergency. There is an emergency cell phone at the swim dock, a landline in the lodge and cordless extension for the landline accessible 24hrs in the bunkhouse. An important note: emergency services will likely take a while to get to the camp – usually 30 minutes or longer.
In addition to enforcing the rules, per the law a Safety Supervisor is tasked with crowd control.
Wear and use a whistle.
As the safety supervisor, you should wear and use a whistle to aid in communication with people who are far away in the water. It helps get the attention of everyone around you when there is an issue.
In the event of an emergency, you must be able to instruct any crowd to clear the area and to direct any emergency response.
As the Safety Supervisor you are expected to be vigilant and aware of all activities on the dock and in the water at all times. This means not distracted in conversation or on the phone.
Be on the lookout for
- Unsafe behavior
- Hazards (Lightning and other environmental safety risks).
- Signs someone is injured, in trouble or drowning
In addition, the Safety and Awareness education section provides information from Aquatic Safety to increase your knowledge of what to look for and how to stay vigilant