Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…read more
Drowning detection system to be rolled out at Singapore’s 11 public pools
Following an extensive trial, national agency Sport Singapore (SportSG) is to progressively implement the Poseidon Drowning Detection System at all of its 11 public competition pools and 28 aquatic centres.
The installation was announced in Parliament last Friday (8th March) by Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who advised "using a network of overhead infrared cameras, the system enables early detection of possible drowning, thus making our pools safer."
The introduction of the Computer Vision Drowning Detection System (CVDDS) follows an extensive trial that saw it put through over 1,400 tests, and scenarios such as different weather conditions and unusual drowning positions.
During the trial, the system was credited with preventing the drowning of a 64-year-old man at the Hougang Swimming Complex and a teenage girl at the Kallang Basin complex.
To be installed at a cost of SG$500,000 per pool, the CVDDS separates the pool into grids and uses software to analyse the real-time trajectories of swimmers. Lifeguards will be alerted within 15 seconds of someone sinking to the pool base.
SportSG Deputy Chief Executive Dr Chiang Hock Woon said the detection system will enhance lifeguards' rescue efforts through early detection.
He explained “our ultimate goal is to use technology in surveillance for all ActiveSG water facilities. For a start, the CVDDS will be progressively implemented nationwide at all our competition pools."
Dr Chiang also stressed that CVDDS is not meant as a substitute for swimmers taking precautions at public pools, adding “we would like to reiterate that the system or any technology does not replace the need for pool users to be responsible for themselves or their loved ones whilst using our facilities.
"We look forward to working together with our communities to promote stronger safety awareness and culture, and strive for zero incidents."
Commenting on the installations, Delphine Fong, SportSG's Sports Safety Director, said the agency relied on statistics compiled over 30 years in making its decision to install the CVDDS.
She advised that from 1989 to 2017, there were 41 drowning incidents at Singapore’s public pools - 39 deaths and two near-drownings - with two thirds happening at competition pools.
Fong explained that drowning swimmers are often unable to signal their distress, advising “passive drowning victims... lapse into unconsciousness, and typically don't exhibit signs of struggle (before they) slowly sink to the pool base.
"In the case of active drowning, victims will use their arms to try to press (the surface) of the water to keep their head above water."
The CVDDS will be installed in 11 competition pools across Singapore by April 2020 and implemented in the remaining pools later.
For more information, click here to contact Maytronics Poseidon, the Australasian distributor of the CVDDS, via their entry in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.
Images: Hougang Swimming Complex (top) and the CVDDS system in operation during its trial in Singapore (below).
12th March 2019 - Second International Swim Schools Spectacular to be staged in Singapore
14th February 2018 - New Global standard released for public swimming pool drowning detection systems
4th January 2018 - High levels of ammonia and body waste detected in Singapore’s public pools
9th June 2015 - US swimming pool incident highlights how people drown quietly
18th August 2014 - New OCBC Aquatic Centre encourages water safety and elite performance
24th April 2013 - Anti-drowning detection system assists with first Australian life saving
23rd May 2012 - Poseidon launches detection system for wave pools
3rd August 2011 - Singapore’s national water safety program introduces open water module
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…read more
Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…read more
Leisure Concepts brings the world’s best fitness equipment brands to Australasia including Eleiko, Atlantis Strength and Merrithew Pilates. With a huge variety of treadmills,…read more
Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…read more
Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…read more
Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…read more
Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!