Everyone is required to wear a headband,
containing technology that alerts lifeguards
when a child’s head is underwater too long.
This Headband makes this Swimming facility the safest in the nation.
The first WAHOO Swim Monitoring System
was installed in Wilton YMCA in the
To keep its swimmers safe, the
Wilton YMCA employs a legion of lifeguards,
its main line of defense.
Keeping inexperienced swimmers safe is a never-ending issue.
A Swimming bike helmet.
Here is how it works.
Swimmers wear a headband around their head,
which Wahooo co-founder Dave Cutler refers to as the
“bike helmet for swimming.” The “Swimbands“ have two
sensors on each side, with a microprocessor computer
in the middle. When both sides of the head are submerged,
the microprocessor times it. If the Swimband is submerged
for a dangerous period of time, it transmits a signal to
listening devices that are around the entire swimming environment.
When the Swimband is submerged for 20 seconds,
the alert towers will flash yellow.
After 30 seconds, the system will flash red.
If a swimmer stays under too long,
your Swimband sends a signal.
The swim monitoring units flash to
let the lifeguards know.
“One of the biggest challenges we have
in camp is in the dark water.
It’s difficult to see to the bottom,
so this is just another aid for the lifeguards
who may not notice somebody at the
bottom of the water,” says Britton.
In 2006, tragedy struck a
Connecticut swimming hole. A 9-year old
boy nearly drowned and was permanently injured.
Cutler and his partners believe their
swim monitoring technology can prevent
tragedies like this in the future.
A pool … without lifeguards?
Not quite yet.
The Wahooo Swim Monitoring
system is meant to be used as a fail-safe,
not a replacement for human lifeguards.
Government statistics point to about
10 unintentional drownings every day
in United States.
Swim Monitoring could help in keeping
swimmers safe and families together.