Drowning Prevention Technology

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Blueguard Middle East, established in 2017, is the first company in the MENA region to introduce Drowning Prevention Technology, with the goal of creating a culture of water safety using the power of technology to detect potential drownings. 

Our mission is to reduce fatalities in the MENA Region, by empowering organizations and individuals with the technology, skills and confidence to save lives. The World Health Organization reported that 1.2 million people die from drowning every year and 60% of these deaths are people under the age of 30 years old!

For centuries, people have relied on lifeguards to prevent pool and beach drownings and respond to water related emergencies. The role of a lifeguard is one to be respected, and is fundamental in water safety and drowning prevention. In 2017, when Blueguard Middle East was established, our mission was to reduce fatalities in Dubai and The United Arab Emirates by training lifeguards in the region to meet the Blueguard lifesaving standard. Over the years, due to our innovative nature, we began our global research on drowning prevention technology. After careful due diligence, Blueguard has partnered with technology providers whom we believe are the best in the industry when it comes to drowning prevention. 

Drowning prevention technology is an added layer of water safety protection for any venue that wishes to account for all aspects of water safety. In The MENA Region, our clients include private villas with swimming pools, residential buildings with swimming pools, hotels with swimming pools and beaches, schools, swim academies, swimming pool contractors as well as new and existing property developers. We provide water safety technology solutions for venues such as high-end spas and leisure facilities where surveillance cameras and lifeguards are unavailable. 

We know that every client for Blueguard Middle East is unique, and after going through risk assessments with you, our consultancy services on drowning prevention technology will consider the best drowning prevention technology solution that meets your requirements.

At present, Blueguard’s drowning prevention solutions consist of everything from anti-drowning devices, anti-drown bracelets, swimming pool surveillance systems, swimming pool entry alarms, pool sensors for drowning, wearable drowning prevention systems, drowning prevention devices and AI Technology software that can be installed in surveillance cameras.

A few more facts about drowning:

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 5-14 years 

* Reported by World Health Organisation

  • It can take as little as two inches of water to drown

* Reported by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  

  • Drowning is a global public health issue

* Reported by World Health Organisation

  • Men are twice as likely to drown than women

* Reported by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  

  • Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7 percent of all injury-related deaths.

* Reported by Stop Drowning Now

  • Drowning is fast and silent. It can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds. Drowning doesn’t always look like we would expect.

* Reported by Stop Drowning Now 

What is drowning prevention technology?

Drowning prevention technology is an added layer of protection in water safety with the purpose of reducing the number of drowning related incidents. The purpose of this technology is to detect if a drowning was to take place and provide warnings so the correct rescue procedures can be actioned. Examples of drowning prevention technology are pool alarm systems, wearable devices, underwater surveillance systems, smart pool covers, remote monitoring systems, education and training apps.

Who is drowning prevention technology for?

Drowning prevention technology is for anyone interested to cover the safety of their swimming pool or open water from all aspects. Drowning prevention technology acts as an extra layer of protection for swimmers when using a swimming pool or open water. This supports lifeguards on duty and allows for 360-degree safety.

Drowning prevention technology is for:

  • Private homeowners with swimming pools who wish to keep their children and family safe.
  • Residential buildings with swimming pools that want to provide an extra layer of safety for their tenants.
  • Hotels with swimming pools or beaches that wish to provide an extra layer of safety to support their lifeguards – shortening rescue time if a drowning was to take place.
  • Property developers who are in the process of building new developments with swimming pools.
  • Communities with existing swimming pools.
  • Swimming pool contractors who wish to add value for their customers by providing drowning prevention technology solutions.
  • Spas and wellness facilities that wish to have 360-degree water safety coverage.

How is drowning prevention technology installed?

Our team will visit your premises, go over the risk assessments you have in place and advise on the best possible solutions to install drowning prevention technology. Our team of technicians will physically install the drowning prevention technology in your swimming pool, and activate the technology for your venue. Once activated, the Drowning prevention technology system is ready for use. Our global technical team are on standby for customer support 24/7 for any queries you may have.

What happens if I face issues with drowning prevention technology?

Our global technical team is on standby 24/7 for any customer service related queries. We are available remotely and are able to log into your drowning prevention technology system and provide tech support, should you happen to face any challenges. If an issue occurs that is not able to be resolved remotely, our technical support team will visit your venue in person to provide solutions. 

What kind of support is available for drowning prevention technology?

Once the drowning prevention technology is installed in your venue, you will receive 24/7 support, where you can access our technical team anytime you have a question or challenge. Our technical team is also available in person to fix any physical challenges that may arise in your venue. 

How do drowning prevention systems identify water incidents?

At Blueguard, we’re dedicated to enhancing safety with our state-of-the-art drowning prevention systems. Utilizing a blend of technologies, including video surveillance, sound recognition, wearable devices, pressure sensors, and cutting-edge AI and machine learning algorithms, our systems are designed to quickly identify water incidents. Our responsive technology ensures immediate alerts to lifeguards, managers, or emergency responders, paving the way for rapid and coordinated rescue efforts. 

We are introducing an innovative AI management platform designed specifically for data-driven water management in the MENA region. Our primary goal is to prevent drownings. Our advanced systems utilize data from cameras, audio sensors, and more, harnessing the power of AI and ML to discern intricate patterns. This continuous learning process enhances the system’s accuracy over time. Our approach integrates technology to offer one of the most precise drowning detection alarm systems available, aiming to significantly reduce time-to-rescue during incidents. By seamlessly merging AI capabilities with human expertise, we champion the concept of ‘Blended Lifeguarding’ — a synergy where AI platforms empower and augment lifeguard efforts. Drowning technology components include:

  • Video Surveillance: Waterfront cameras are expertly designed to detect and alert users to potential risks and hazards, ensuring maximum safety across all aquatic environments. These advanced systems utilize real-time video analysis to closely monitor every individual in the water, swiftly recognizing patterns of distress or submersion that might indicate potential drowning incidents. Furthermore, they can seamlessly integrate with any connected device or pre-existing camera system. Not only do they provide alerts for natural dangers like rip-currents, inshore holes, vortexes, and significant wave heights, but they also notify about unattended children near the beach and boats or vessels that might be approaching designated swim areas.
  • Wearable Devices: Every swimmer wears a wristband linked to our drowning prevention system. This wristband vigilantly tracks the swimmer’s depth and duration underwater. Should a swimmer stay submerged longer than safe, an immediate alert is sent to the closest responder, guaranteeing swift rescue action.”
  • Pressure Sensors: Strategically placed sensors detect disturbances caused by water entry and initiate alerts after analysis. Positioned beneath the water at various depths and locations, these sensors are primed to recognize the unique signals emitted by the wristbands. If the detected signals align with preset system parameters, the alarm is activated.
  • Alarm buttons: Alarm buttons can be strategically positioned around the pool, enabling lifeguards to instantly activate the Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
  • Wall Monitor: Seamlessly integrated with the AI drowning prevention system, the wall monitor provides lifeguards and pool staff with a clear display. It identifies specific alarm types and precisely locates incidents. During emergencies, the system can emit alerts using sirens, voice messages, flashing lights, or other tailored alert preferences set by the operator.

 

While drowning prevention systems offer valuable advantages, they should be regarded as a component of a holistic water safety plan. This plan should encompass vigilant supervision, education, and adherence to safety protocols. At Blueguard, we recognize these systems are intended to enhance safety measures and should not substitute for human attentiveness and responsible conduct in aquatic environments.

What are the advantages of a drowning prevention system?

Drowning incidents are a global concern, and the need for effective prevention methods is paramount. At the forefront of aquatic safety, drowning prevention systems offer a modern solution to enhance water safety measures across various environments. As pioneers in water safety,  the experts at Blueguard are proud to pave the way towards enhanced water safety in the MENA region through our groundbreaking Drowning Prevention Technology. Leveraging cutting-edge systems, we are committed to offering drowning prevention systems designed to reduce the risk of drowning incidents providing:

  • Early prevention: Enables quicker intervention by identifying incidents before they escalate.
  • Real-time Monitoring: Offers 24/7 surveillance across swimming pools, beaches, and water parks.
  • Enhanced Safety: Complements lifeguards, adding an extra layer of protection.
  • Rapid Alert and Response: Ensures immediate alerts and coordinated rescue efforts.
  • Scalability and Coverage: Adaptable to different areas, regardless of size or complexity.
  • Data Analytics and Insights: Provides insights to optimize safety protocols.
  • Support for Training and Education: Enhances the skills of safety personnel.
  • Peace of Mind: Instills confidence in safety measures for owners, operators, and guardians.

How do water prevention sensors work? How does a pool alarm work?

In the realm of lifeguarding and pool safety, advanced technology plays a significant role in providing an extra layer of protection for swimmers. As part of a lifeguard’s toolbox, pool alarms equipped with water prevention sensors are used to detect unexpected changes in the pool’s water surface. These alarms work alongside trained lifeguards, enhancing their ability to respond swiftly to potential emergencies. 

Conductive Sensors

Imagine sensors acting as an invisible safety net over the water. Conductive water prevention sensors are designed to recognize even the subtlest changes in electrical conductivity. With two conductive probes standing on guard, they remain unconnected in the absence of water. But the moment water touches these probes, a conductive path is formed, completing an electrical circuit and sounding the alarm. It’s an instant and precise response, enhancing the pool’s security by alerting lifeguards to any changes.

Optical Sensors

Picture a watchful eye using light itself to safeguard swimmers. Optical water prevention sensors work by emitting infrared (IR) or laser light, paired with a receiver that awaits the reflection of this light. In regular conditions, the light goes uninterrupted. But when water appears, it scatters the light, reflecting it back to the receiver. This change triggers the alarm, adding another layer of protection and peace of mind. Like a lifeguard who notices a ripple in the water, these sensors detect the unexpected and ensure a swift response.

What devices are used to rescue a drowning person?

Water safety and rescue operations require specific tools and equipment that are critical to saving lives during a drowning incident. Although Blueguard does not currently supply rescue equipment, we believe in educating and informing the public about the essential devices that might be utilized in a rescue scenario. The following provides an overview of common tools used in drowning rescues. Please note that this information is strictly for informational purposes:

Rescue Buoy or Life Ring

A quintessential tool for water safety, our rescue buoys come with an attached rope, allowing for quick assistance. They’re designed to be thrown to the individual, providing support and flotation, enabling the rescuer to pull them back to safety.

Rescue Tube

Crafted with buoyant material, our rescue tubes provide critical support in the water. Rescuers can swim out and offer the tube to those in need, providing buoyancy while swimming them back to safety.

Rescue Board

A stable and reliable platform, our rescue boards offer an effective way to reach and support those in distress. Their buoyant design allows for secure transportation back to safety.

Rescue Sled or Floating Mat

For mass rescues, our large buoyant devices are engineered to support multiple individuals simultaneously. This innovative tool can be swum or towed out, ensuring a versatile response.

Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) or Boat

For farther distances or open water scenarios, we offer advanced watercraft solutions. Our Jet Skis and boats are designed to reach individuals swiftly, bringing them safely back to shore.

Which sensors are used in drawing prevention water monitoring systems?

In water monitoring systems, a range of sophisticated sensors are employed not just to measure various aspects of water quality and quantity, but also to integrate with an advanced AI monitoring system. This integration is specifically designed to support and empower lifeguards, enhancing their ability to prevent potential drownings. Here’s an overview of the types of sensors used in these state-of-the-art drowning prevention water monitor systems:

  • Wave Pattern Recognition Sensors: These sensors can analyze wave patterns in the water to detect unusual disturbances that might indicate a struggling swimmer.
  • Underwater Surveillance Cameras: Special cameras designed to work underwater can be used to monitor swimmers and detect signs of distress.
  • Pressure Sensors: Installed at the bottom of a pool, these can detect changes in water pressure, possibly indicating a swimmer in trouble.
  • Wristbands and Wearables: Some systems include wearables for swimmers that can send an alert if a swimmer remains submerged for too long or detects irregular movements.
  • AI-Powered Monitoring Systems: Some advanced systems use artificial intelligence to combine data from various sensors to analyze complex scenarios and detect potential drowning incidents.
  • Pool Alarm Systems: These are designed to sound an alarm when an unexpected entry into the water is detected, such as a child falling into a pool.

These technologies are typically part of a broader drowning detection and prevention system, designed to work together to provide timely alerts and facilitate quick response by lifeguards or other responsible parties. It’s worth noting that while these technologies can be incredibly useful, they do not replace the need for human supervision and professional lifeguard presence where appropriate.

Technology Risks and Responsible Use

At Blueguard, our cutting-edge water monitoring technology is designed to be an integral part of effective water management. However, we recognize that no technology is infallible, and we believe in complete transparency with our clients. To ensure a smooth process and address potential challenges, our maintenance or technical team is on call 24/7, constantly available to assist. Additionally, we are continually innovating and updating our tech, striving to enhance performance and reliability.

Potential Risks

  • Sensor Limitations: While our sensors are engineered for precision, they might occasionally face calibration or sensitivity issues that could affect the readings.
  • Environmental Factors: Unpredictable environmental conditions can sometimes interfere with sensor performance, leading to potential inaccuracies.
  • System Integration: Challenges may arise in integrating our technology into existing infrastructure, requiring careful planning and execution.

Disclaimer

Blueguard’s water monitoring systems are designed to be robust and reliable. However, they are intended to complement, not replace, regular manual inspections and professional judgment. Reliance solely on automated systems without considering potential technology and environmental limitations might lead to undesired outcomes.

We encourage clients to consult with our expert team to understand the best practices in using drowning prevention technology. Regular maintenance, proper calibration, and adherence to guidelines are essential for optimal performance. By choosing Blueguard, you’re partnering with a team dedicated to excellence and continuous support. While we strive for perfection, we believe in informed decision-making.

Where can I find drowning prevention technology? How can I buy drowning prevention technology?

Blueguard Middle East is the exclusive distributor for globally recognized drowning prevention technology solutions in The MENA Region. If you are interested to know more about drowning prevention technology, please contact info@blueguardme.com, and call or WhatsApp us on +971569980531.

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