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Safety meansures for the use of swimming pools in 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.


Ref: 9/2/2 – 15 - KNP


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

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 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?

Keep at the good work.

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

Unread post by hellboy888 » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:47 am

I agree with the warning proclaimed, Teens should take care of themself and their company by following the safety precautions to be taken while boarding into pools and any water resource.

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

Unread post by Tessa G » Sun Feb 07, 2016 11:50 am

We returned from our annual Kruger trip and spent quite a bit of time in the late afternoons in the pool at Letaba.

I stand to be corrected, but the time for the pool closure on the notice board at the pool gate was 20:00. I do know that the pool was used until well after dark.
I cannot say for other pools because our accommodation was not close enough to the pool to notice.... apart from Letaba where we stayed in the 4 bed Safari Tents.

We never experienced any bad behaviour and from what I can remember, all children were accompanied by parents/grandparents.
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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by Elsa » Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:00 pm

Thanks Tessa, as I read it the 4pm cut off is just for the day visitor area pools not the camp pools for overnight guests. :thumbs_up:

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

Unread post by hannacronje » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:14 am

During December 2015, we as SHR's did Swinningpool duty at Letaba. At the overnight and also at the dayvistor's sites.We had some dayvisitors sneaking in to the overnight swimmingpool during the day, but as we as SHR's were on duty, the situation was solved without any problems. At the dayvisitor's pool we tried to limit the people in the pool to a max of 40 at a time.
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Re: SAFETY MEASURES FOR THE USE OF SWIMMING POOLS IN THE KNP

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:26 pm

I was surprised, and impressed, that on our recent visit, we were asked to sign Swimming Pool Indemnity documents (in addition to the Park indemnity) at Punda Maria, Shingwedzi and Letaba camps - even though I said we never go near the swimming pools!!

Well done SANParks.
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