At more than 12 feet deep in places, the Bangor Swimming
Pool is one of the deepest and oldest swimming pools in Wales. Based
in Gwynedd in the north, the pool is in constant use by local swimming
clubs, schools and the city's university as well as the general
public for swimming and diving classes.
With so much activity in such a deep pool, it's not surprising that
lifeguards often find it difficult to see precisely what is happening
at the bottom of the pool. The pool's design also adds to the challenge.
Being a typically 1960s-built pool it has very large windows, releasing
a great deal of sunlight into the building, which produces glare
on the water surface that sometimes restricts the lifeguards' view.
Such problems prompted Gwynedd County Council Leisure Officer Brian
Evans to look for additional measures to raise the level of safety
for all swimmers, and to install the Poseidon system.
"We realised after seeing Poseidon that CCTV technology is
designed to re-visit an incident that you have recorded, not to
alert you to an incident," said Brian Evans. The Poseidon system
alerts lifeguards that something suspicious is happening in real
time, and notifies them of the exact location of the incident. "Lifeguarding
is a difficult job, and guards need to keep an eye on what's happening.
We saw that Poseidon allows the lifeguards to continue working in
the same manner as before. There is no need for them to be watching
screens. My lifeguards are at their best when they are watching