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Introducing Digital Lifeguarding

SwimEye provides an autonomous drowning detection alarm to swimming pools.  However, increasingly, our clients have been informing us about a ‘new way’ of supervising their pools.  SwimEye allows one lifeguard to supervise an entire aquatic centre, underwater, from one location.

By observing the underwater CCTV at the SwimEye monitoring station, a lifeguard can see clearly throughout an entire pool (or throughout many pools).  This has become a very efficient new lifeguarding technique and it is allowing clients to ‘digitalise’ their lifeguarding routines.

When compared to traditional pool-side observation, underwater cameras make it much easier to differentiate between normal swimming and a swimmer who is struggling.  It is also much easier to see a swimmer who is in trouble, a swimmer who has fallen underwater or a swimmer who is beginning to drown.

In a pool without SwimEye, many of these drowning situations can occur unnoticed. This is because it can be difficult to see a drowning when supervising from above the water level.

Most drownings occur below the water, and without the splashing, waving and shouting that we see in many “Hollywood” movies.

This means, that with SwimEye live colour-video, lifeguards are in some cases able to see a drowning event and pre-empt a rescue, even before the SwimEye technology can raise the alarm.

Digitalising traditional lifeguarding activities

 “For some time now, clients have been informing us about the secondary capabilities of our technology”, said Tor Petter Johansen, SwimEye CEO.

 “Pool managers are now reconsidering the job of pool lifeguards, to include the live colour CCTV that is provided by SwimEye.  With SwimEye, one lifeguard can supervise many pools from underwater, while other lifeguards patrol the pool deck [looking from above the water level],” he said.

 Introducing Digital Lifeguarding

 “These secondary capabilities, that are obtained when purchasing SwimEye, have been the fuel for much debate at recent trade exhibitions.

 “It has been challenging for us to describe this idea perfectly in words,” continued Tor Petter.

 “Therefore, we are now very excited to formally announce our concept of ‘Digital Lifeguarding’ to the world,” he said.

 The combination of traditional lifeguarding, the SwimEye computer vision technology and the SwimEye underwater CCTV is a concept that SwimEye has now called Digital Lifeguarding.

The combination of traditional lifeguarding + technology is a concept SwimEye has called Digital Lifeguarding.

By adding security technology to swimming pools and implementing Digital Lifeguarding, the leisure industry is now able to reconsider the traditional activities of pool lifeguards.  This is the first major evolution of pool lifeguarding, in recent decades.

“Many traditional activities are making a shift from analogy practices, to the connected, smart, digitalised world,” said Tor Petter Johansen.  “At SwimEye, we strongly believe pool managers should embrace our technology and explore the extra possibilities that SwimEye can provide to pool lifeguards.” 

 Welcome to your lifeguarding evolution.

 “With SwimEye, our swimming pools are now becoming much safer.  This has obvious benefits to our lifeguards and to the swimmers in our pools,” he concluded.

SwimEye, therefore, encourages all clients to consider adjusting the standard routines of their pool lifeguards, to incorporate Digital Lifeguarding.

To learn more about Digital Lifeguarding and the evolution of lifeguarding routines at your pool, read more here:

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