Aquatics safety is an ongoing challenge, with many moving parts, for any organization with a pool. Aquatics directors are always working to hire and train qualified lifeguards, which can be a constant challenge.
While training lifeguards, swimming lessons and youth open swim times can and should be areas of focus, but it’s also important for lifeguards to be aware of issues that can happen during lap swim or swim team practices. It can be easy for guards to relax a little bit during these times, as swimmers are typically competent. However, a dangerous issue called hypoxic blackout can occur in all types of swimmers. Often, it’s the most physically fit individuals who end up drowning from this condition. So, what is it and what can lifeguards do to prevent it? Check out our video to find out.
Then, click here for a safety article with more detailed information about hypoxic blackout.