New Canaan lifeguards training through advanced drowning prevention program called Wahoo
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.