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Chinese University Sets New Swimming Standards




Tsinghua University in Beijing, China is adding one more item to its list of graduation requirements for incoming students—passing a swimming test.

Any new students starting school at the university in the fall of 2017 or after must prove that they can swim at least 50 meters before collecting their diplomas.

According to several article sources, this initiative supports the university’s effort to promote both physical fitness and safety. However, the decision has not gone without scrutiny, such as comments over the relevancy of the test for the community and its potential impact on enrollment, the BBC reported.

Of course, as swimming pool proponents and contractors, we are always in favor of any movement to promote safety in the water. Knowing how to swim or tread water can save lives, and it also provides an excellent source of exercise with cardiovascular benefits and minimal joint pressure. Overall, this movement from Tsinghua University encouraging and requiring young adults to swim may, in the long run, have positive long-term benefits for many in the years to come.




Encouraging Safer Swimming

Think back to your last vacation. If you went to a tropical destination, I’m guessing you can recall the feeling of sunshine on your face, the time spent lounging by the pool, and splashing around in the water with your significant other or kids.

Now concentrate even more. Can you remember seeing a lifeguard on duty?

If not, it’s quite possible one wasn’t even there.

While many vacation spots do have regular lifeguards on duty, other hotels and cruise ships don't have lifeguards on board to watch over the pools, leaving guests to swim at their own risk.

Leading by Example

Royal Caribbean International is one hospitality company looking to change and improve how it views swimming safety, according to an article by Travel Agent Central. By the end of June 2017, every Royal Caribbean cruise ship will have certified lifeguards on board overseeing all pools during hours of operation.

The hiring move is an important step in the hospitality industry, and part of a broader program to encourage swimming safety in the pool and while out at sea. This includes “swim vests for children 4 – 12 years old, a water safety presentation in the Adventure Ocean kids program as well as a teen 411 session on water safety.”

The Significance of Better Safety

On average, more than 3,500 people unintentionally drown each year in the United States, according to the most recent statistics provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—a truly horrific and unbelievable statistic.

Those of us in the swimming industry have an undeniable responsibility to help reduce these numbers by encouraging safe swimming practices. Royal Caribbean is on the right track. We must remember to applaud efforts that highlight the importance of swimming safety, and follow these examples for the safety of both our clients and our loved ones.




Pool Covers In the News

What do cows and pool covers have in common?

Strangely, in the case of the story I'm about to mention, a lot.

About two weeks ago, various news outlets reported a story involving a cow that had somehow found its way into an Oklahoma City swimming pool.

According to reports, a hole in the pool liner allowed the cow to slip through and into the water. Fortunately, the cow seemed to have emerged unharmed after being rescued by firefighters.

Although one article says the pool liner was designed to withstand the weight of an elephant, in this particular case, the pool liner did not do its job.

The Lesson: This story serves as a reminder about how important it is to have a reliable and safe pool cover that can fulfill its purpose any time the pool is not in use. While it's not likely a cow is going to make its way into your pool or spa, a pool cover can prevent any living being from falling into the water, whether an animal or a small child. 

For even more information about the benefits of installing a proper pool cover, click here.