Tom J. Griffiths, Ed.D., Aquatic Safety Consultant ::::
Fitness clubs and hotels are often exempt from the lifeguard requirement. Regardless, these businesses still need to protect and safeguard their guests, especially those swimming in their pools, as the swimming pool is the most hazardous area within the confines of the building. Although these swimming pools are typically “Swim At Your Own Risk” swimming pools, they cannot be ignored by staff, owners, and operators. When lifeguards are not employed by Fitness Clubs, frequent patrols of the pools should take place, and the staff should be trained to handle emergencies.