Safer Beaches: Planning, Design, And Operation by Thomas GriffithsSafer Beaches: Planning, Design, And Operation by Thomas Griffiths

Safer Beaches: Planning, Design, And Operation

byThomas Griffiths

Hardcover | August 3, 2011

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Safer Beaches: Planning, Design, and Operation offers a systematic, practical approach to planning, designing, renovating, and operating all types of beaches. This authoritative reference covers the broad topics that beach managers, lifeguards, administrators, and beach enthusiasts need to know, such as safety for nonswimming beaches and swimming beaches, water quality and beach maintenance, and funding. And it delves into the finer details that will help you balance safety and beachgoers’ enjoyment.

Safer Beaches provides something rarely found in other aquatic books: practices in beach management and protection. It uses a needs-analysis approach to help you identify programming and activities that will maximize people’s experience at the beach. This practical resource will help you

• understand the planning, design, building, and operational concepts and put them to use right away;

• take the guesswork out of beach management by guiding you step by step through the decisions and considerations necessary for successful operations; and

• avoid dangerous and costly mistakes during the planning and design stages of both swimming and nonswimming beaches.

Written by a leading aquatic professional and many influential contributors, with visually rich and instructive photos and illustrations, Safer Beaches supplies you with the latest information about innovations in beach design, technology, and building methods. It thoroughly explores every key aspect of planning, designing, and operating a beach, providing you with many examples and photos to give you a clear picture of the entire process. In its expansive coverage, it explores new territory in signage, risk management, and accessibility. And it places a heavy emphasis on safety, with five chapters devoted to separate safety topics.

Safer Beaches is an essential resource for all who have anything to do with managing beaches. It will help you be more effective in your job, and it will help beachgoers enjoy their recreational experiences to the fullest.

Tom Griffiths, EdD, has over 40 years of experience in aquatic safety and is now a leader in the field. He is the president and founder of the Aquatic Safety Research Group and served as the director of aquatics and safety officer for athletics at Penn State University for nearly 25 years. In 2000, Griffiths developed the Five Minu...
Title:Safer Beaches: Planning, Design, And OperationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:152 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:August 3, 2011Publisher:Human Kinetics, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0736086463

ISBN - 13:9780736086462


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Beach Types and Hazards

Surf Beaches

Confined Flat-Water Beaches

River Beaches

Land-Based Beach Hazards


Chapter 2. Beach and Waterfront Funding

Beach Funding Priorities

Core Funding Sources


Chapter 3. Accessibility

Going Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act

Policy Issues

Reasonable Accommodation


Guidelines From the Recreation Access Board


Chapter 4. Liability and Risk Management


Negligence Per Se

Degrees of Negligence

Defending Negligence Claims

Contributory and Comparative Negligence

Governmental Immunity

Good Samaritan Statutes

Premises Liability

Recreational Use Statutes

Risk Management

Managing Aquatic Facilities

Reducing Risk at Open-Water Races


Chapter 5. Effective Signage: Educating and Warning the Public

Standards for Water Safety Signs

Establishing Shoreline Zones

Placing Beach Flags for Safety Zone Conditions

Channeling the Public to Beach Access Points

Using Access Points to Warn and Educate

Prioritizing the Safety Message

Posting and Distributing Healthy Swimming Information


Chapter 6. Nonswimming Beach Safety

Reasons for Keeping People Out of the Water

Methods to Keep People Out of the Water

Overall Considerations


Chapter 7. Swimming Beach Safety

Environmental Considerations

Designated Swimming Areas

Designated Wading (Nonswimming) Areas

Support Features and Facilities


Chapter 8. Above-Water Structure Safety

Types of Above-Water Structures

Potential Above-Water Structure Hazards

Safety Strategies for Above-Water Structures


Chapter 9. Operational Considerations and Safety Strategies

Policy Decisions Affecting Safety and Beach Operations

Universal Proactive Strategies

Proactive Strategies at Guarded Beaches

Proactive Strategies at Unguarded Beaches


Chapter 10. Water Quality and Beach Maintenance

Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs)

Urban and Agricultural Sources of Pollution

Other Waterborne Concerns

Controlling Aquatic Plants and Animal Pests at Beaches

Beach Maintenance

Beach Sand Grooming

Protecting Marine Wildlife


Chapter 11. Safety Practices at Guarded Beaches

Lifeguard Requirements and Competency

Psychology of Lifeguarding

Strategies for Improving Vigilance and Emergency Response


Chapter 12. United States Lifesaving Association and International Life Saving Federation

History of the United States Lifesaving Association

Impact of the USLA on American Lifesaving

International Life Saving Federation