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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.


    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

    Chapter 2. Beach and Waterfront Funding
    Beach Funding Priorities
    Core Funding Sources

    Chapter 3. Accessibility
    Going Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act
    Policy Issues
    Reasonable Accommodation
    Guidelines From the Recreation Access Board

    Chapter 4. Liability and Risk Management
    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

    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

    Chapter 6. Nonswimming Beach Safety
    Reasons for Keeping People Out of the Water
    Methods to Keep People Out of the Water
    Overall Considerations

    Chapter 7. Swimming Beach Safety
    Environmental Considerations
    Designated Swimming Areas
    Designated Wading (Nonswimming) Areas
    Support Features and Facilities

    Chapter 8. Above-Water Structure Safety
    Types of Above-Water Structures
    Potential Above-Water Structure Hazards
    Safety Strategies for Above-Water Structures

    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

    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

    Chapter 11. Safety Practices at Guarded Beaches
    Lifeguard Requirements and Competency
    Psychology of Lifeguarding
    Strategies for Improving Vigilance and Emergency Response

    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

    Appendix A Cost–Benefit Analysis Matrix for Nonswimming Alternatives
    Appendix B Lifeguard Observation Event Recording
    References and Resources
    About the Author
    About the Contributors

    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.