What’s New at Safe-Wise?

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) will take place on Thursday, June 21, 2018. This will be the ninth year for the global event and TEAM WLSL™ will continue with its goal of reaching more than one billion with the message Swimming Lesson Save Lives™ by 2019. Local WLSL events will take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours. The WLSL event serves as a platform to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-14. Research shows risk of drowning can be reduced by 88 percent if children participate in formal swimming lessons between the ages of 1-4. Yet, a survey conducted by the American Red Cross in 2014 found that more than half of Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills. This CAN and SHOULD change and this is the mission of TEAM WLSL™. Registration is open at WLSL.org.



Five Days of Action. Five Days of Action is a week, April 16th – 20th, 2018, designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.​ The YMCA Guardians for Child Protection, are encouraging all youth serving organizations to join together to protect children. This year’s theme is: Step Up & Speak Out! They’re providing tools and resources to make it easier than ever before to participate, including: ​a new Five Days of Action logo; social media images; commitment cards, signs, and posters to print; a short video to share; and an easy-to-use implementation guide including email templates and a press release. ​Sign-up your organization HERE. YMCA’s can download the Five Days of Action Kit HERE and other Youth Serving Organizations HERE.



Facility Manager Web-Based App. Counsilman-Hunsaker and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) announce a partnership to provide the aquatic industry with a digital web-based application designed to enhance the safety and sustainability of aquatic facilities: Facility Manager. The app is based on the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) and NSPF’s Pool & Spa Operator Handbook to ensure code compliance. Facility Manager makes daily operations easier and more efficient. The app is accessible via computer and mobile device, allowing facilities to go paperless on all aspects of operational documentation, such as checklists, water balancing, and incident reporting. The app is customizable to ensure all reports are completed and filled out correctly by staff, and also generates alerts to keep facility managers aware of time-sensitive issues such as pool closure. Click HERE To learn more about Facility Manager.



Save the Date! 2018 Risk Summit. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NMRC) will host the 2018 Risk Summit October 1st – 2nd, at the Loews Philadelphia. The conference format has been shifted slightly, with sessions scheduled for all day Monday and Tuesday. A Fall cohort of the Risk Leadership Certificate Program (RLCP) will be held at the Loews Saturday September 29th – Sunday 30th. Complete the RLCP survey here to receive additional information about the program. The call for presentations/presenters, conference registration, and a link to make hotel reservations will be announced in early Spring 2018.



Ensuring Compliance with the Updated Drain Cover Standard is the title of a December 2017 Aquatics International article by Steve Barnes, chairman of the APSP-16 Standard Writing Committee and the APSP Technical Committee. The article states, as the drain cover standard cited in the federal pool and spa safety law has been rewritten, it becomes apparent that entrapment safety is about more than the drain. Ten years ago, this month, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was signed into federal law. At the time, it plunged the pool, spa and hot tub world into turmoil. Public facilities were hit especially hard, as they had one year to outfit pools with compliant drain covers. Some were forced to close when these products were nowhere to be found. Head’s up! The drain cover standard named in VGB is changing in 2018. Are we in for more turmoil? Not if professionals learn how to implement the new requirements. Here are some of the very basics in ensuring that a pool is compliant. Click HERE to read the full article.



New Resource: Zone Coverage / Surveillance Plan Considerations. Aquatic facilities should establish a lifeguard(s) zone coverage / surveillance plan. This plan details the specific areas of scanning responsibility for an on-duty lifeguard. When establishing a zone coverage / surveillance plan ensure that:

  • All areas of the water (bottom, middle, and top) are covered and can be seen by a lifeguard
  • There is overlapping coverage when more than one lifeguard is performing surveillance
  • Lifeguards have clear, unobstructed views of their zones
  • The size and shape of each zone is appropriate for the facility and allow for appropriate response times

Facilities should post diagrams or charts showing the size, shape and boundaries of each zone. These can change throughout the day and season, depending on the number of patrons, types and variety of activities, time of day and environmental conditions, such as glare from the sun. Click HERE to view the full Zone Coverage / Surveillance Plan Considerations document available on the Resource Library.



New Service: Certified Playground Safety Inspector. Did you know? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it is estimated that each year over 205,850 injuries occur on playgrounds and approximately fifteen children will die from playground related injuries. Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI) help promote children’s rights to play and promotes nationally the importance play has to a child’s development through playground hazard identification and risk management methods. Safe-Wise Consulting is proud to offer Certified Playground Safety Inspector services. Services include development of a comprehensive Playground Safety Policy, Safety Audit, Safety Coordinator training, assistance with development of a site history file, and on-site staff playground inspection training. We can help you, help our children by designing, installing, and maintaining safe playgrounds. Contact us HERE for more information.