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Safer Beaches

Safer Beaches

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    Safer Beaches: Planning, Design, and Operation offers a systematic, practical approach to planning, designing, renovating, and operating all types of beaches. This authoritative reference covers the broad topics that beach managers, lifeguards, administrators, and beach enthusiasts need to know, such as safety for nonswimming beaches and swimming beaches, water quality and beach maintenance, and funding. And it delves into the finer details that will help you balance safety and beachgoers’ enjoyment.

    Safer Beaches provides something rarely found in other aquatic books: practices in beach management and protection. It uses a needs-analysis approach to help you identify programming and activities that will maximize people’s experience at the beach. This practical resource will help you

    • understand the planning, design, building, and operational concepts and put them to use right away;

    • take the guesswork out of beach management by guiding you step by step through the decisions and considerations necessary for successful operations; and

    • avoid dangerous and costly mistakes during the planning and design stages of both swimming and nonswimming beaches.

    Written by a leading aquatic professional and many influential contributors, with visually rich and instructive photos and illustrations, Safer Beaches supplies you with the latest information about innovations in beach design, technology, and building methods. It thoroughly explores every key aspect of planning, designing, and operating a beach, providing you with many examples and photos to give you a clear picture of the entire process. In its expansive coverage, it explores new territory in signage, risk management, and accessibility. And it places a heavy emphasis on safety, with five chapters devoted to separate safety topics.

    Safer Beaches is an essential resource for all who have anything to do with managing beaches. It will help you be more effective in your job, and it will help beachgoers enjoy their recreational experiences to the fullest.

    Audience

    Reference for aquatic directors, managers, and supervisors responsible for beaches at all levels of parks, camps, and clubs. Also for lawyers, land planners, and students studying land planning, recreation or sport management, or hospitality management.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Beach Types and Hazards

    Surf Beaches

    Confined Flat-Water Beaches

    River Beaches

    Land-Based Beach Hazards

    Summary

    Chapter 2. Beach and Waterfront Funding

    Beach Funding Priorities

    Core Funding Sources

    Summary

    Chapter 3. Accessibility

    Going Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Policy Issues

    Reasonable Accommodation

    Attitudes

    Guidelines From the Recreation Access Board

    Summary

    Chapter 4. Liability and Risk Management

    Negligence

    Negligence Per Se

    Degrees of Negligence

    Defending Negligence Claims

    Contributory and Comparative Negligence

    Governmental Immunity

    Good Samaritan Statutes

    Premises Liability

    Recreational Use Statutes

    Risk Management

    Managing Aquatic Facilities

    Reducing Risk at Open-Water Races

    Summary

    Chapter 5. Effective Signage: Educating and Warning the Public

    Standards for Water Safety Signs

    Establishing Shoreline Zones

    Placing Beach Flags for Safety Zone Conditions

    Channeling the Public to Beach Access Points

    Using Access Points to Warn and Educate

    Prioritizing the Safety Message

    Posting and Distributing Healthy Swimming Information

    Summary

    Chapter 6. Nonswimming Beach Safety

    Reasons for Keeping People Out of the Water

    Methods to Keep People Out of the Water

    Overall Considerations

    Summary

    Chapter 7. Swimming Beach Safety

    Environmental Considerations

    Designated Swimming Areas

    Designated Wading (Nonswimming) Areas

    Support Features and Facilities

    Summary

    Chapter 8. Above-Water Structure Safety

    Types of Above-Water Structures

    Potential Above-Water Structure Hazards

    Safety Strategies for Above-Water Structures

    Summary

    Chapter 9. Operational Considerations and Safety Strategies

    Policy Decisions Affecting Safety and Beach Operations

    Universal Proactive Strategies

    Proactive Strategies at Guarded Beaches

    Proactive Strategies at Unguarded Beaches

    Summary

    Chapter 10. Water Quality and Beach Maintenance

    Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)

    Urban and Agricultural Sources of Pollution

    Other Waterborne Concerns

    Controlling Aquatic Plants and Animal Pests at Beaches

    Beach Maintenance

    Beach Sand Grooming

    Protecting Marine Wildlife

    Summary

    Chapter 11. Safety Practices at Guarded Beaches

    Lifeguard Requirements and Competency

    Psychology of Lifeguarding

    Strategies for Improving Vigilance and Emergency Response

    Summary

    Chapter 12. United States Lifesaving Association and International Life Saving Federation

    History of the United States Lifesaving Association

    Impact of the USLA on American Lifesaving

    International Life Saving Federation

    Summary

    About the Author

    Tom Griffiths, EdD, has over 40 years of experience in aquatic safety and is now a leader in the field. He is the president and founder of the Aquatic Safety Research Group and served as the director of aquatics and safety officer for athletics at Penn State University for nearly 25 years.

    In 2000, Griffiths developed the Five Minute Scanning Strategy video that assists lifeguards in being more vigilant. The strategy is now required by all Pool Management Group, Star Guard, and Ellis & Associates Lifeguards. Griffiths has been published in over 300 scientific, professional, and popular journals. He has served as the president of the National Recreation and Park Association’s National Aquatics Council. In 2008 he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame.