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Harvard First-Year Outdoor Program Swimming Policies and Procedures

Document Date: December 17, 2007
Document Source: Harvard University First Year Outdoor Program
Jessica Ross
Posted:  December 16, 2007

Swimming Policies:
   Question: What can we do?         Wade?      Dip?      Swim?
   A Lifeguard is Present                  Yes         Yes         Yes
   No Lifeguard Present                    Yes         Yes         No
Wading: walking in water that is less than or equal to mid-thigh deep for the participant.
Dipping: Sitting, dunking, and splashing in water that is less than or equal to mid-thigh deep for the participant.
Swimming: entering water that is deeper than your mid-thigh.
Activities related to swimming that are NEVER allowed:
   -Swimming, dipping, or wading at night.
   -Swimming in water colder than 60 degrees F.
   -Swimming in moving water.
   -Solo swimming, wading, or dipping.
   -Swimming in water that is deeper than chest high.
You MUST meet these following conditions:
   -A leader/staff person with American Red Cross Lifeguard certification or comparable training must act as lifeguard for any swimming activity.
   -A leader supervises all wading, dipping and swimming from the shore.
   -Wear shoes when wading, dipping or swimming.
   -All FOPpers who are going to swim must first have their swimming tested and approved by a leader.
   -Leaders need to designate a swim area with boundaries AND leaders need to first check this area for dangers such as rocks, sudden drop-offs, logs, broken glass, fishhoks, etc.
   -The lifeguard and an additional leader stays on shore to observe the swimmers.
   -A buddy system is developed for the FOPpers who will be in the water.
   -Any FOPper who can not follow the FOP swimming policy is removed form the activity.
   -A rescue tube can be devised using an ensolite pad wrapped in webbing.