Camp Humphreys water park now requiring signed safety statement
Following the recent rescue of two unsupervised children who nearly drowned, all parents now must sign a responsibility statement when bringing children 12 and younger to the Splish and Splash water park at Camp Humphreys, according to a base spokesman.
The form — in English, Korean and, soon, in Tagalog — is meant to remind parents they must watch their kids during their stay at the water park, according to spokesman Robert McElroy.
“This statement is our reminder to parents of their responsibilities while they are using the park with their kids and their acknowledgment that they understand their responsibilities,” McElroy wrote in an e-mail this week.
The form asks parents to keep children 5 and younger “within arm’s reach.” It also asks parents to ensure kids who are poor swimmers or who can’t swim use life jackets when in the 50-meter lap pool.
On Aug. 5, two children who had entered the park with their mother but were unsupervised were rescued from the pool by lifeguards and bystanders. The children, ages 8 and 10, needed resuscitation when pulled from the pool. Both children survived.
The water park, which opened this summer, employs 22 lifeguards. Each day, 16 are on-duty, base officials have said.
According to the new responsibility form, lifeguards who suspect individual children of being weak swimmers may ask them to take a swim test, according to McElroy. If the child fails the test, the lifeguard can require him or her to wear a life jacket in the pool, he wrote.
The form reminds parents that failure to watch their kids may result in suspension or termination of admission to the park.
“As parent/guardian, I am the first line of defense in efforts to provide a safe and healthy experience for these children at the water park,” the form reads. “Lifeguards and pool management staff respond to emergency situations and are not babysitters.”