IF YOU DON'T SEE IT, THEN NOTHING ELSE MATTERS... WITHOUT THAT ABILITY TO SEE, YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY PREVENT.
- NASCO AQUATICS LIFEGUARD TEXTBOOK
ONE REASON DROWNINGS OCCUR IN LIFEGUARDED FACILITIES IS BECAUSE LIFEGUARD SURVEILLANCE IS A HIGHLY DIFFICULT TASK.
- NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
NOT A SUPERHERO?
HAVING WAVE GETS YOU
ONE STEP CLOSER TO BEING ONE.
Even though you are highly vigilant and responsible when watching over the welfare of those in water, the risk of drowning is always present.
The truth is that anyone can drown, even if they are good swimmers, had swim lessons, are great athletes, or are under your watchful eye. It happens quietly in seconds and even a minor distraction can prevent you from seeing it in time.
Easy to use, WAVE provides you with a powerful tool to enhance your efforts to keep your swimmers safe.
WAVE DOESN'T JUST PROTECT YOUR SWIMMERS. IT PROTECTS YOU TOO.
WHAT DOES WAVE DO?
WAVE works in the background while you vigilantly watch over your swimmers, just as you always do.
The system monitors swimmers in real time and accurately determines how long each swimmer's face is fully submerged and therefore unable to breathe.
If any swimmer has been underwater for a dangerous period of time, WAVE immediately notifies you by vibrating your Staff Bracelet and system audiovisual alerts.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
You watch over your swimmers as you normally do while wearing a Staff Bracelet. The Bracelets are comfortable, adjustable and waterproof.
If the Bracelet vibrates immediately investigate your scan area and intervene if necessary.
For WAVE to be effective it will be important for you make sure that all of your swimmers wear their Trackers or Goggle Clips with no exceptions*.
WAVE is a new approach to aquatic safety and some swimmers may be reluctant to change. But just like bike helmets, people get used to new things over time, particularly when it comes to their safety.
* Exclusions may exist for swimmers with special needs or unique circumstances that prevents wearing a Tracker or Goggle Clips. Discuss these situations with your aquatic director to determine a best course of action.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW WAS WAVE DEVELOPED? HAS IT BEEN TESTED?
WAVE was developed over several years by a team of passionate product designers, engineers, aquatic safety experts, aquatic directors and many lifeguards just like you. To learn more about WAVE and the company behind it please click here.
The system uses proven patent and patent-pending technologies, and has been successfully tested and demonstrated at nearly a hundred pools and lakefronts across the country and on thousands of swimmers.
I'M A RESPONSIBLE GUARD. WHY DO I NEED TO USE WAVE?
A drowning can happen in just seconds. It is typically silent and without noticeable movement making it hard to detect and vulnerable to being missed.
ISN'T WAVE GOING TO ADD TO MY LIST OF RESPONSIBILITIES?
We've intentionally designed WAVE to work in the background to enhance your efforts and not distract you from doing your main job- watching over swimmers.
The Tower makes distribution and retrieval of our wearables so intuitive that even younger swimmers won't need your help getting or returning their Trackers and Goggle Clips.
Other than occasional battery charging, WAVE requires no maintenance. It is really that simple to use.
CAN I SWIM WITH THE STAFF BRACELET ON?
Yes, the bracelet is completely waterproof.
I HAVE VERY CAPABLE SWIMMERS. DO THEY STILL NEED WEARABLES?
MY SWIMMERS NEVER GO UNDERWATER. SHOULD THEY NEED WEARABLES?
DO SWIMMERS REALLY WEAR THOSE TRACKERS? DON'T THEY FALL OFF?
We've worked on the Tracker design for over two years, testing almost 100 versions to arrive at a design that stays on securely during most swimming activities yet can be easily removed when leaving the water or exchanging with other users.
Should a Tracker fall off, it will float, and most swimmers intuitively put the Tracker back on.
WON'T KIDS RESIST WEARING TRACKERS OR INTENTIONALLY CREATE ALERTS?
Our take is that setting off the WAVE alert is no different from setting off a fire alarm and should be treated as such. For those pranksters that intentionally cause an alert, we have found that swift removal from the water corrects that behavior quickly.
IS WAVE REPLACE GUARDS OR HOW MANY GUARDS WE HAVE?
WAVE is not designed nor is it ever marketed as a solution to replace responsible human supervision.
We strongly support your profession and believe that every aquatic facility and location should have lifeguards present at all times whether they deploy WAVE or not.
ARE WEARABLES SAFE? WHAT ABOUT THOSE RADIO WAVES?
DOES SHARING WEARABLES INCREASE THE RISK OF SPREADING GERMS?
OUR POOL WATER IS CLEAR. WHY DO WE NEED WAVE?
Being able to see swimmers underwater is not the same as knowing if they are at risk.
Most drowning victims simply look like someone playing or relaxing below the surface. In fact drownings have occurred with other swimmers and lifeguards right next to the victim.
Also while your pool's water may be clear, seeing a submerged swimmer can be challenged by glare and distortion which can completely obscure their body.
WAVE dramatically reduces the risk of a victim being missed by alerting you if anyone has been submerged for a dangerous period of time (typically 30s but adjustable by your aquatics director or system administrator).