The Drowning Problem
Water safety programs are very important to implement due to the fact that drowning is the second leading cause of injury death in children ages 1-14 in the United States. On average, two children die from unintentional drowning every day, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Two of the biggest risk factors for drowning are lack of swimming ability and lack of close supervision. The risk of drowning is preventable in almost all scenarios, especially if children are supervised around bodies of water. Where it gets tricky to supervise closely is when you have a lot of kids in one place, such as a city pool, park, or camp. When children outnumber adults, supervision is more difficult
If you manage a pool facility for a city, camp, or park, it's your responsibility to set up and administer swimmer safety programs for children. When thinking about preventative action you can take, it's worth considering how wristbands can help you ensure safety of kids while at the pool.
Wristbands are the Perfect Solution to Drowning
Developing a program to identify and group children participating in aquatic activities at public pools, churches, summer camps, etc. is essential. Wristbands are a perfect solution. Waterproof plastic or vinyl wristbands are durable, non-transferable, and highly visible. This makes them perfect to be seen under water and last for an entire week of summer camp. Another option are Tyvek wristbands if you need something for a short-term use, such as a day at the city pool or theme park.
Here are 3 benefits of implementing wristbands for your swimmer safety program:
Wristbands Can Save Lives
Did you know that you can use different color-coded wristbands for your swimmers to segment them into age groups and/or their varying levels of swimming ability? Color-coding can help lifeguards and other staff pick out the kids who need more supervision and keep a closer eye on those at higher risk of drowning.
The most commonly used colors for swimming wristbands are green, yellow, and red. You can think of these colors as how they are used on traffic signals. Green means "go," yellow means "caution," and red means "stop." You can segment children by a combination of their age and swimming ability. You can give older children and strong swimmers a green wristband,and younger children and weaker swimmers a red wristband. With color-coded wristbands, you can limit access to different parts of the pool or water park. For example, children with green wristbands can jump off the diving board while swimmers with red wristbands have to stay in the shallow end.
Peace of Mind for Kids and Parents
Not only do wristbands help lifeguards do their job more effectively but there's a psychological benefit to them as well. If you have an organized system in place to keep kids safe while swimming, it will help both the kids and their parents feel more at ease. Parents especially like to know that the safety of their children is top priority to the people responsible for supervising them.
If a drowning were to happen during your program, it could severely damage your reputation and put your program in a bad light. Sometimes, you can't control certain mistakes or tragedies, but you should do everything in your power to prevent something like this from happening. Implementing a wristband safety program for your water activities ensures that your program will be seen in a positive light by the community.
Advertising on Millions of Wrists
An additional benefit of using wristbands that you might not have thought about is the advertising component. Not only can wristbands help save lives but they can also help you share your brand with all of your swimmers and their parents.
Did you know you can customize your wristbands with the logo of your summer camp or church program? Not only will kids wear them while swimming but they often wear vinyl wristbands or plastic wristbands long after they leave the pool. This is great advertising to help you grow your organization and it can lead to important conversations about your safety program and how other organizations can implement something similar.
As you can see, assigning different colored wristbands for the range of ages, swimming levels, and access can help lifeguards and staff better supervise children while swimming. If you manage a city pool facility, summer camp, or church program, you should consider the benefits of implementing wristbands for child pool safety.
Tyvek, vinyl, and plastic wristbands are all good options for you to consider. Tyvek wristbands tend to be the most cost effective, but they typically last only 1 day. If you want something more durable that will last longer, you should consider plastic or vinyl wristbands.
PDC offers the largest selection of stock and custom wristband materials, colors, and styles to meet your needs. If you're interested in adding text or a logo to your wristbands, our easy-to-use wristband customizer is the perfect option for implementing your very own pool safety program.
The Rise of RFID
If you've ever been to a big live-event conference like SXSW or a music festival like Coachella, you've probably used RFID technology before. RFID stands for radio-frequency identification and this technology is gaining popularity and traction at music festivals around the world. The reason RFID is so useful is that it can read and capture information on a tag and provide a unique identifier to the person with that tag. Today, you can find these tiny scannable tags and chips from everything from credit cards to security credentials and even passports. While RFID technology has many practical applications in a variety of industries, there are some very helpful and specific benefits to the music festival scene.
Benefits of RFID Data Capture for Festivals
Using RFID at a live event is all about redefining the fan experience. RFID can help you as an event organizer make adjustments in the moment and also make longer-term improvements. As a festival organizer, RFID wristbands help you admit entry into the festival, optimize traffic flow through your venue, accept cashless payments, and even integrate with social media. Assigning each festival guest a unique RFID wristband means that everything they need is on their wrist from their entry ticket to a method of payment.
RFID technology helps you gather real-time data about your customers. This can help you learn more about their preferences to improve the guest experience in the future and make your next event more successful. RFID wristbands are changing the name of the game for music festivals and live events.
Below are 3 benefits of using RFID data capture applications at your next festival:
1. Track How Guests Spend Time & Money
Using RFID means that you have a digital tracker for a lot of the actions taken by your guests. You can use this tracker at the crowd level to better understand their preferences. This means you can track the foot traffic and flow of traffic during the festival. This can be at different entry points or even just places of congestion around your venue. If you know that guests are all congregated in one area or using certain footpaths, you can adjust physical spacing where necessary.
Attendees can also use RFID wristbands to pay for items in the venue. As the festival organizer, you get a high-level view where the most and least money is being spent during the event. This can help you understand which vendors and sponsors are the most popular and what products are selling well.
You can combine the location data with the spending data for even more insights. If you know certain areas attract more guests, you can move your vendors or sponsorship branding to places with higher traffic.
2. Reduce Overhead Costs & Optimize Staffing Resources
One of the most obvious benefits of RFID technology is that it will significantly speed-up entry times. With RFID wristbands, your guests can avoid long lines and quickly scan themselves into the venue. Since you are monitoring crowd traffic flow, access locations, and available parking spaces in real-time, you can use this data to make informed decisions about the allocation of staff and volunteers needed to manage each on-site location. As an added bonus, since RFID eliminates the headaches of manual access verification, often times fewer resources are needed to oversee certain access locations; reducing overhead costs.
3. Learn Guest Demographics
RFID real-time data applications allow you to gain a deeper understanding of your fans, such as what they are engaging with and excited about. You’ll also get insight into entrance and exit times, concession purchases, and even what they're posting and sharing on social media.
All of this data tells you a lot about your guest demographics and gives you much needed information on how to improve or change the guest experience for your next event. You can use it to build customer personas, or "ideal" customer profiles, for your marketing efforts. Once you understand who your customers are from a high level, you can act to make sure you are catering to their interests. It also helps you build out your marketing database and know who to target and how to market to them for future live events.
Try RFID Wristbands For Your Next Live Event
The rise of RFID technology has entirely reshaped the operation of music festivals and live events and how organizers make decisions about them. Not only can festival organizers redefine the fan experience with the help of RFID, but RFID can also help you earn higher revenues by utilizing real-time data about your guests.
PDC can help you implement RFID applications for your next festival or event from start to finish. We've pioneered the Smart®Band RFID solutions and have been trusted by leading music festivals across the globe. Our team would be happy to help you choose the RFID wristband or credential that best fits your event's needs. We are proud to provide our customers with innovative and trusted products that help them upgrade their event experiences.
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