State of Aquatics 2013

Recorded June 28, 2013

We hosted our annual aquatic safety webinar to report on trends and best practices in aquatic safety. We hold this webinar annually before the 4th of July to help spread the most recent information in the middle of the Summer.

Webinar Recording

2013 State of Aquatics - Recorded June 26, 2013




Webinar Poll Results (All Showings)

Here are the results from the poll questions we asked during the live webinar on 6/26/13.

For testing, my organization…

  • Tests all swimmers (19%)
  • Tests all children (68%)
  • Tests only during special events (11%)
  • Does not test (1%)

For marking, my organization…

  • Uses break-away neckbands (15%)
  • Uses wristbands (76%)
  • Marks in another way (zinc oxide, swim cap, etc) (3%)
  • Does not mark (6%)

For protecting, my organization…(select all)

  • Restricts non-swimmers to shallow-end (90%)
  • Enrolls non-swimmers in swim lessons (22%)
  • Keeps non-swimmers within arm's reach (75%)
  • Places non-swimmers in USCG-approved lifejackets (68%)
  • Does not protect (0%)

Mahaska County YMCA - Documents & Resources

Ryan Harkema

Florida's First Coast YMCA - Documents & Resources

Alex Cramer

The Redwoods Group - Documents & Resources

Managed Pools


Test. Mark. Protect. Policy

  • Test - Test every individual who wants to enter your pool. If a child is under 8, you may automatically mark them as a non-swimmer. Anyone not tested should be automatically marked as a non-swimmer.
  • Mark - everyone entering your pool using breakaway neckbands or wristbands. This allows lifeguards and adults to know everyone's swimming ability, and to identify non-swimmers and give them the attention they need.
  • Protect - Protect non-swimmers, especially younger children, by restricting them to the shallow end and adding one or more additional layers of protection, these measures do not replace the requirement to provide trained lifeguard supervision.
    • The non-swimmer is actively engaged in a swim lesson or activity with staff;
    • The non-swimmer is actively supervised, within arm's reach of an adult, parent or caregiver; and/or
    • The non-swimmer is wearing a properly fitted US Coast Guard-approved Life Jacket.

Examples of Test. Mark. Protect.

Break-Away Swim Band Options

Lifeguard Code of Conduct

Additional Resources


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