Major Incident Management
About critical incident stress - July 2017
Guidelines for supervisors following a Critical incident - July 2017
Major incident management checklists - July 2017
Are You Ready?
Now available! Major incidents can happen anytime and anywhere. When prevention fails, supervisors and their teams need to be prepared to deal with the aftermath. The Are You Ready? DVD and workbook package is a must-have resource for Aquatic Managers and Facility Operators. Watch the video trailer on YouTube. Download the order form.
Ask the expert - Pool Lighting
For lifeguards to be able to do their job, they must be able to see all areas of the pool bottom clearly within their zone. It seems obvious, doesn't it?
Every indoor swimming pool is required by law to ensure at least 200 lux - a measure of light intensity - at the water's surface. But even brand new facilities occasionally fail to meet this standard. The Lifesaving Society believes light-level standards should be upheld at all times while the pool is in operation, even though the regulations surrounding public pools in Ontario make no mention of such policy.
Adequate lighting must be provided by overhead lights. There is a tendency in newer constructions to shine the lights up to the ceiling rather than down over the water. This might be for a variety of reasons such as creating ambience or to show off a new ceiling design. There is also a misconception that light facing up creates less glare, when the actual result is lighting levels that fall below standard.
The easiest step to ensure adequate light levels is to be vigilant in changing burned out overhead lights. This is everyone's responsibility, owners/operators as well as lifeguards. Remember that a lighting fixture's intensity decreases over time so light intensity levels must be monitored frequently; if it seems dark, it probably is - test the light levels right away. A light meter will quickly evaluate the light intensity in the area. If the results are below standard, take corrective action immediately.