Drowning Prevention Technology
Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is operating a trial of the WAVE drowning detection system at Marshall Pool from Nov. 6 to Dec. 15, 2023. WAVE is a new technology designed to support lifeguards and reduce the risk of drowning.
Water safety is always the highest priority for aquatics staff and even with comprehensive lifeguard training and certification in place, the risk of drowning is always present. WAVE monitors swimmers in real time and uses an alert system to notify lifeguards if a swimmer’s face has been fully submerged for a dangerous length of time. This ensures that aquatics staff can investigate and intervene quickly if needed.
The WAVE trial period will give aquatics staff the opportunity to become familiar with the technology over the course of six weeks at Marshall Pool. Community participation in the WAVE trial will provide aquatics staff with the most complete understanding of the system. It will also give community members the chance to share their personal experiences using the system to inform future decisions about whether WAVE is a good fit for Vancouver pools.