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Evaluation and Orientation

Evaluation and Orientation

To ensure all participants’ safety during an event where each individual’s capabilities are unknown, Backyard Lifeguards uses a nationally-recognized method of aquatic assessment.

  • As guests arrive, lifeguards will introduce themselves to swimmers and briefly orient them to the pool and rules.
  • For children ages 4 to 12, an evaluation of each child’s skill includes a quick activity to measure swimming comfort and proficiency, then a color-coded wristband.
  • Any child age 3 or younger, or any child who cannot swim AND cannot touch the bottom in the shallow end, must be accompanied by an adult wearing a swimsuit in close proximity in the water, or will be required to wear a US Coast Guard-approved life vest, which Backyard Lifeguards will provide.
  • Please note that all other foam and air-filled flotation aids will be permitted only with direct adult in-water supervision.

The “Test & Vest” Method

Swimmers will be asked to demonstrate the following basic skills independently in shallow water:

Swim two widths of the pool continuously on front with face in water
Float on back continuously with face out of the water for 20 second
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Skill designation is at the sole discretion of the lifeguard/s on duty and based on the following guidelines:

  • Participants that successfully demonstrate these skills will be issued a blue wristband, indicating permission to swim in deep water.
  • Participants that demonstrate these skills with some difficulty will be issued a yellow wristband, indicating permission to swim in shallow water.
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