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Safety Operations for Open Water Swimming Events

Safety Operations for Open Water Swimming Events
Speaker(s): 
Thursday, October 17, 2019
11:00 am–11:50 am
Increasing Fun and Reducing Risk Track

Open water events create unique challenges and coordination between event management, law enforcement, lifeguards, EMS volunteers and sometimes the US Coast Guard. In this session we will discuss different categories of open water events, water environments, participant classifications and methods of providing safety for competition and/or participation. Session attendees will learn the application of current surveillance and response tactics along with use of specialized rescue equipment, staff/volunteer recruitment, logistics and communication options.