Coverage is provided by a series of overlapping
- Three underwater globes with two cameras per
globe, covering the deep section of the pool
- Six overhead cameras, covering the shallow section
of the pool
Poseidon at this Site:
When one of its regular members collapsed
in the locker room following a routine swim workout, the New Bedford
YMCA was prepared to respond to the emergency. Two staff members
began CPR. And they used the Y's automatic external defibrillator
(AED) to restart the member's heart. By the time paramedics arrived
at the scene, the member had a pulse.
Less than three months later, in December
of 2002, the member and his family visited with the early-morning
crowd at the YMCA. They hosted a continental breakfast to say "thank
you" to the two YMCA employees who had saved his life and to
express their appreciation for the Y's commitment to providing the
training and tools that had prepared employees to respond so quickly
According to Gary Schuyler, YMCA Southcoast
President and CEO, in 1999 Dr. David Fuerman and St. Luke's Emergency
Association donated the AED to the New Bedford YMCA and helped the
Y introduce a comprehensive, ongoing training program for its staff
to ensure quick response and proper use of the AED technology. After
three years, when the emergency did happen, everything paid off.
"You plan and train people every year. You have this safety
device that is periodically checked. Then all of a sudden it's needed,"
said Schuyler. "It was amazing. The high level of appreciation
from the family made us realize how worthwhile our investment in
this new technology was." Subsequently, AEDs have been purchased
for all YMCA Southcoast sites.
Now, as the New Bedford YMCA introduces another
technology-based safety device, lifeguards will be trained and the
technology will remain ready to respond in the event of an emergency
in the swimming pool. Poseidon, the computer-aided drowning detection
system, will be working along with lifeguards to enhance the level
of aquatic safety. Just as with the introduction of the AED, it
may be a long time - maybe never - before Poseidon and YMCA lifeguards
must respond to an emergency in the pool. But, according to Schuyler,
having those levels of safety in place is important.
"Safety is paramount in all facets of
our operations. It has always been a particular focus area and it
shows the commitment of the leadership of the YMCA," said Schuyler.
YMCA Southcoast is committed to enhancing safety at all levels throughout
its four divisions. All essential staff are certified in CPR, AED/Oxygen
and First Aid. Ongoing safety checks at all swimming pools are completed
throughout the year. All three summer day camps are voluntarily
accredited by the American Camping Association, meeting the highest
levels of excellence in camping. And now, YMCA Southcoast is the
fourth corporate YMCA to go online with Poseidon in the U. S. and
its New Bedford YMCA is the first facility in the Northeast to install
the system. Additionally, the Poseidon system is scheduled to be
installed next year in the indoor pool in the new Wareham YMCA,
which is currently under construction. Plans are also underway to
include the outdoor pools at the Dartmouth and Mattapoisett YMCAs
in the future.
YMCA Southcoast Corporate Office:
25 South Water Street
New Bedford, MA 02740