Supervision

Ratios

A minimum on one lifeguard must be on deck for every 25 swimmers.

Swim Testing

Swim testing minors is one of the most efficient ways to minimize potential drowning incidents. Lifeguards can better prioritize their scanning efforts when inexperienced swimmers are limited to shallow water. West Bend has developed the following guidelines for swim testing and supervision:

Age Supervision Testing
0 – 7 Adult must be in the pool with the swimmer. No testing necessary as adult must remain in pool.
7 – 10 Adult must be on the pool deck in close proximity to swimmer. Testing required if swimmer wishes to use deep end.
10 – 18 No adult supervision required. Testing required if swimmer wishes to use deep end.
18 + No adult supervision required. No testing required.

Swim testing can be difficult in single-lifeguard pools. A lifeguard however, is not required to successfully test swimmers. A “floating” staff member can be trained to test all new swimmers. It is preferable to test all swimmers each time they come to swim, but a database tracking test results is often more efficient.

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