lot of chaos can
occur around a play structure. From shooting water and moving
equipment to running, screaming children, it’s practically an
accident waiting to happen. That is, unless the play structure is
properly supervised by staff. And in a survey by Aquatics
International, only 55 percent of facilities trained their
staffs on how to supervise one. Here’s how to instruct your
employees to safely and properly guard such a structure.
1 Give them a tour.
Let your staff play, spray, climb, slide, dump, pull, push and
everything else that kids do. Allow them to become familiar with
various features and elements.
2 If there’s a
slide that’s tall enough, many local jurisdictions require a
lifeguard at the top and the bottom of the slide, says Andrew
Mowatt, vice president of resort sales and marketing at White-Water
West Industries Ltd. in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. If it
gets to a point where your structure requires more lifeguards on
the structure than at the entire pool, rethink the design.
3 Enforce a maximum
number of people allowed on the structure at any one time.
Emphasize that parents should watch their children. Do not let kids
jump from the structure or get entangled in ropes.
4 Have guards do a
quick inspection at the end of the day for any loose or broken
pieces and slippery surfaces.