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SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:18 pm

Please note the comment posted a few posts below from the CE of Kruger, Mr Glenn Phillips.


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Thursday, December 17, 2015 Pool 1 of 1


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SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Kruger National Park Management would like to inform the public about the new rules and conditions which have been put in place for the use of swimming pools inside the Park as from today, 17 December 2015. This is due to the fact that the Park does not have life savers on site to supervise swimmers and to be able to ensure the welfare of pool users, especially kids, at all times.

“We have had cases of children drowning in our pools in the past, solely because there was no parental supervision when such incidents took place. With summer season upon us and the number of people we expect during this festive season, we will strictly apply these conditions in order to minimize possible unwanted cases of tragedy from occurring in our swimming pools” said William Mabasa, KNP’s GM: Communications & Marketing.

The new rules and conditions for the use of KNP swimming pools (camp, day visitors and staff) are as follows:

• Swimming pool users in the Day Visitors Areas, Camps and Staff Village must be 16 years of age and above.
• All users will be requested to sign an indemnity form for them to be allowed the use of the swimming pool
• All swimming pools will only open between 09:00 and 16:00.
• There have been a few incidents recently wherein day visitors were found making use of the Skukuza Staff Village swimming pool, a practice which is not allowed as the pool concerned can only be used by residents of the village and their guests. Furthermore, guests of staff should be in the company of the relevant resident hosting them, when making use of the pool in the village which will operate only between 09:00 and 18:00.

We also would like to appeal to those who are above 16 years, in particular teens to ensure that they are knowledgeable about the basics of swimming before they make use of the pools. They must also behave appropriately towards others when in or around a swimming pool, and have the ability to swim; to ensure an enjoyable experience in the Park.

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One of the swimming pools in the KNP.
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Communications & Marketing Department - Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org
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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by RobertT » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:49 pm

A I reading this correct that my son of 9 years is not allowed to use swimming pool even f I am there? :shock: :shock:

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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by leo21 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:53 pm

Im confused! My trip is im 7 days. How am i suppose to keep my toddler happy when he cant go for a dip in the pool at 40 something degrees cause he is not over 16??????
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Unread post by Elsa » Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:54 pm

I can't imagine that will be the case but lets gets some clarity.
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Unread post by bert » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:19 pm

sorry, guys the strangest rule i have ever seen. Unlike many SA kids most western european kids have had swimming lessons and at the age of 10 most have swimming diplomas. btw, if you are 16 and still not able to swim you can still drown

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:30 pm

A response on Facebook by the ME of Kruger, Mr Glenn Phillips:

Dear friends. The change in rules applies to day visitors facilities only. The press release mistakenly included camps. It will be corrected in the morning. Apologies for the concerns that this caused.

Regards

Glenn.


Glenn Phillips A bit of background. Since June there have been 4 drownings at day visitors facilities due to lack of parental supervision and hence to drastic action.
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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:43 pm

Glenn Phillips A bit of background. Since June there have been 4 drownings at day visitors facilities due to lack of parental supervision and hence to drastic action.

Glenn Phillips About the 16 year aspect. In discussions it was felt that children up should be able to relay on parents to provide safety. ( at 16 you can get an ID document) and hence those entering the pool the are older than 16 are in large able to make thier own decisions and take reponsibility for themselves.
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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:34 am

Dear Stakeholder,

Please note additions on the statement which was sent yesterday, bullet one under new rules and conditions said “Swimming pool users in the Day Visitors Areas, Camps and Staff Village must be 16 years of age and above”.

It now reads as follows: “Swimming pool users in the Day Visitors Areas, Camps and Staff Village must be 16 years of age and above; however the overnight visitors’ children under the age of 16 will be allowed only under parental supervision”.

We apologize for the inconveniences caused in this regard.


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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by Philip1 » Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:46 am

Elsa wrote:Dear Stakeholder,
We apologize for the inconveniences caused in this regard.
Kind regards

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Unread post by isinkwe » Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:24 pm

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Unread post by Manitoba » Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:07 pm

Congratulations SANParks

This new safety measures should have been implemented the day when the pools where filled with water.

The next best thing that should now be reviewed is DAY VISITORS.
Day visitors, in my view, stays much to late in the camps, and then drive like maniacs to get to the exit gates, leaving a trail of dead animals, birds, ect
not to mention all the rubbish .
I've seen over many years, some of the day visitors forms a convoy, and then tailgate at speeds more that 50km/h to get in time to the gates..... in time?

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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by kOa_Master » Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:46 pm

Only until 16:00? What's this rule about? Why don't use appropriate times like gate closure times (=getting dark).
We love to spend some time in the pools when not going on late afternoon drives.

Anyway, a sad thing and understandably sanparks had to react but still an implementation with a little bit more conservative reason would have been nice. There's always the option of sharpening the rules?

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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by Kanniewagnie » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:49 pm

I also feel that the closing of swimming pools in camps at 16:00 is too early.
And how is it going to be policed.
I agree that measures need to be taken after four drownings since June. I wonder what the statistics are for drownings in camp swimming pools for overnight visitors?
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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by Madalla » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:03 pm

We are booked for a week in Lower Sabie next month and I am very disappointed.
Closing the pools at 4p.m. when there are still 3 and a half hours of sunlight left does not make sense. My contention is that the pools in the camps should never be closed. But if they have to close sometime, then only close them at 10 p.m. And open them half an hour before gate opening times.
After all, it is summer now and very very hot. Taking a swim when you are back in camp after the gates have closed is a lovely way to cool off.

I would suggest a different approach.
Analyse all the drowning incidents.
Look at the age group of the persons who drowned.
Was the person an overnight visitor, a day visitor, part of a group of visitors.
Which pools had the most incidents - day visitors or camps.
What were the circumstances at the time of the incident - were there adult supervision, lots if swimmers.
Was it during a school holiday, a long weekend, ordinary weekend or during the week.
You can now identify possible problem areas/pools and times. Only then can you make more relevant rules to address those areas, with less stringent rules for the rest.
A one size fits all rule for the swimming pools in Kruger is counter productive. The new hours will greatly reduce the benefits of having a pool in the camp and will definitely reduce the Kruger experience for overnight visitors.
Consider alternative solutions such as having a supervisor on site during the identified problem times. This person can then chase visitors out so that they can reach the exit gates without having to speed.
I would also suggest that you also discuss this with the Honorary Rangers, maybe they can help with supervision etc.
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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by Birderalf » Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:04 pm

I suppose that it is an issue of priorities: what do you and your family come to Kruger NP for?

In my case it is to enjoy the wildlife and countryside that the park has to offer. If it were barbecues and swimming then I guess that I would go to the beach.

If there were no pools in the camps at all would there be fewer visitors?
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