Aquatics professionals can play a big role in protecting swimmers against a preventable drowning death as a result of dangerous breath-holding. Here are four tips from Gareth Hedges, associate general counsel for The Redwoods Group in Morrisville, N.C.
1 Drill baby! Because those practicing risky
breath-holding are likely to be strong adults, it might be
intimidating for a young guard to confront them. For that reason,
in-service drills that include information on how to speak with
someone clearly and authoritatively are very important.
2 Inform patrons. Include information in member
bulletins, newsletters and other communications.
3 Set ‘em up. To test your guards on how
they’ll react to someone engaging in unsafe breath-holding,
set up a mock scenario.
4 Offer support. Make sure guards fully understand
that they have the support of all management when it comes to
preventing shallow water blackout.