New Canaan lifeguards training through advanced drowning prevention program called Wahoo

Wahoo alerts lifeguards when a swimmer is underwater for too long. (6/17/13)

NEW CANAAN - Lifeguards received state-of-the-art training today at Kiwanis Pond through a new program designed to prevent drowning.

The program, called Wahoo, alerts lifeguards when a swimmer has been underwater for too long. Wahoo uses swim bands that have sonar transmitters. Lifeguards are alerted with yellow lights if a swimmer wearing a band is underwater for more than 20 seconds. The lifeguards are alerted with red lights and a siren if the swimmer is underwater for 30 seconds.

YMCA leaders say they're using the program because kids will be swimming in Kiwanis Pond starting next week.

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Wahoo developers say every child that participates at this YMCA camp will be required to wear a swim band.

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