Pools are a fantastic asset for a hotel. They are a huge pull for visitors, especially in a country with tropical weather like Vietnam. Many tourists are happy to spend hours relaxing by the pool, enjoying the tranquility they can bring after visiting bustling markets, tourist attractions and of course navigating the Vietnamese traffic!
While there’s no denying the benefits of a good pool at a hotel or resort, they also come with risk. Its easy for a parent to lose site of their child for a few moments. Its easy for a non-swimmer to step out of their depth, making little noise as they do so. Even the most accomplished swimmers can get in to trouble, and the results can be fatal. These risks are real and undeniable. There are numerous reported cases of drowning at hotels and resorts, including several in Vietnam. Many hotels put up signs saying that are not responsible for accidents in the pool – but this does not remove the risk of drowning. The police in Vietnam recognise the problem of drowning at hotels and resorts, citing several examples of drowning cases at such pools in Da Nang, Hoi An and Quy Nhon.
If you have a pool at your hotel or resort, ask yourself:
- Is it possible for someone to drown at my pool? The answer to this will always be yes!
- Am I prepared to deal with a guest in trouble in my pool? If you don’t have properly trained staff, appropriate procedures and the correct equipment in place, the answer will be no.
VSLC can help provide you with the advice, professional training and equipment you need to make sure are keeping your guests as safe as possible at your pool. Don’t let your biggest attraction become a hazard to your guests. Learn more about our international standard lifesaving qualifications here, or get in touch for a chat about how we can help.