Beach Safety

Rain/Weather- We don’t close for rain, but we do have everyone get out of the water for 30 minutes from the last seen lightning strike/heard thunder.  If the last seen strike is at or after 5pm, we do close the park.  If dangerous weather is forecasted while we are open, the guards will blow their whistles three long blasts- please exit the water immediately and seek safety immediately.  We may be forced to close the park, please leave the venue parking lot as soon as possible and seek safety.  

Life jackets– for your safety and our staff, all guests beyond the buoyed shallow area must wear a coast guard approved life jacket.  If you are 11 yrs and older, you do not have to wear a life jacket in the shallow area or going down the slip and slide (since it goes into 2-3′ of water at that point).  Please respect this new policy- be respectful to our staff that are enforcing the policy- guests that refuse to respect the new policy will be asked to vacate the venue without a refund.  As always, anyone 10 yrs old and younger must have a coast guard approved life jacket on at all time.  Puddle jumpers for children are coast guard approved.  You can bring your own life jacket, but it must be coast guard approved and weight appropriate.  We do rent life jackets for $5/day.

Shallow water- The Fugitive Beach has approximately 30,000 square feet of shallow water less than 4 feet deep.  This is indicated by the buoy lanes in the water.  Past the buoys the water is 15′ deep and can only be entered with a life jacket no matter what age you are.   

Life Guards- are on duty at the slides, jumps and some other areas in the water, however, we do not cover every and all  area in the water, that is impossible.  As with any large deep area of water the life guards cannot cover and observe every  area, it is easy for someone to go under and not be observed by anyone.  So swim at your own risk and watch your own.  Make sure you follow the life jacket rules.

Drownings- approximately 10 drownings occur in the United States every day, they occur in public pools with life guards, rivers, lakes and the ocean, anytime you are in the water there is a chance of drowning.  Drownings occur for various reasons, health issues, cramps, tiredness, can’t swim well, alcohol, over heating, and several other reasons.  A great number of drownings occur silently, where the person goes under making no noise and drowns, very seldom do they yell and wave there arms like you see on TV. The safest way to enjoy the water is with a life jacket.

Dangers of Cliff Jumps & Jumps- As with any outside activity and sporting  activity there are dangers.  Jumping into water from heights can cause Death, concussions, broken bones, bruises, abrasion, redness, swelling, and Pain to name a few.  Doing flips or tricks can be even more dangerous as you can land wrong.  Those with previous injuries, young, elderly and with health issues are at higher risk of injuries than others.  Also it is not recommended to those that are pregnant should not jump.  Jump at your own risk. 

Dangers of using water slides- As with any outside activity and sporting  activity there are dangers.  Using water slides in general can cause Death, concussions, broken bones, bruises, abrasion, redness, swelling, and Pain to name a few. Those with previous injuries, young, elderly and with health issues are at higher risk of injuries than others.  Also it is not recommended to those that are pregnant should not jump.  slide at your own risk. 

Take Steps to Stay Safe Around Water-Swimming is the most popular summer activity. One of the best things you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Designed for those ages six months to adult, Red Cross swim lessons help set the stage for a lifetime of water safety by equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to help you and your loved ones swim safely and with confidence. Contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS or support@redcrosstraining.org.
Follow these safety actions whenever you are in, on or around water.
Make Water Safety Your Priority
  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a life-guarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
  • Maintain Constant Supervision-Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • Water Quality-The Fugitive Beach water is approximately 1.25 to 1.50 acres.  It is filled by rain water, a small spring which produces approximately 30,000 gallons of water a day and approximately 100,000 gallons of fresh water pumped in a daily from deep wells.  
  • The water is held in a limestone pond if you will and has copper in the rock formation.  Both limestone and copper are natural killers of bacteria and aids in clarification.
  • We dye the water about every four weeks, this was started when we opened and had to use a pump for the waters slide that pulled the water from the bottom of the quarry causing sediment to darken the color of the water.  However, since then we have drilled wells to pump fresh water for the water slide so this issue is no more.  The quarry is a natural green color and very pretty, but we got use to the blue dye so we continue to use it.  We use about five gallons of  Crystal Blue Lake and Pond Colorant every four weeks, purchased from a local farm store.  100% safe for humans, fish, livestock, pets, birds, swimming, potable water and irrigation. 
  • Can I drink Lake water? No one should ever drink water from any free-flowing waters no matter how clean they may appear. There is a potential for a variety of pathogens – bacteria, parasites, etc. – in the waters of Fugitive Beach, as there is in any stream, lake or pond. 
  • Overall, is the Fugitive Beach safe for swimming?  Fugitive Beach  is a natural body of water with a variety of risks such as, Individuals with open wounds, compromised immune systems or known allergies to substances that may occur in water are at most risk and perhaps should not enter the water. Further, everyone has different sensitivities or allergies, and we all should be aware of the potential for reactions of all sorts – skin rashes, intestinal distress and the like. 
  • Every two weeks we test for… E. coli bacteria Waterborne pathogens the most common bacteria, viruses or parasites originating from human or animal feces and are associated with illnesses among swimmers. 
  • Conditions can change quickly A number of factors can influence water quality, including recent weather conditions like wind or rain, time of day, waterfowl and wildlife at the beach, number of users, as well as physical characteristics of the beach. It’s possible for conditions to vary significantly throughout the day and day-to day. Before swimming, always take an overall look at water conditions. Since conditions can change quickly, and testing results may not always reflect real-time water quality. A few things to be aware of:  Remember that you cannot always see or smell when water conditions are poor.  Swimming is not advisable after a heavy rainfall because bacteria levels in the water may be elevated.  
  • The EPA recommended recreational water quality standard for full body contact swimming for E. coli is 235 organisms per 100 ml for any single sample.  If a sample is over 235, another sample will be taken ASAP, if this sample is 235 or over the beach will be closed or  a warning posted depending on the level of the sample. Two samples are collected from the water and the arithmetic average is considered to the measure of the bacteriological water quality for that area for that day, and, by extension, for that week.    The Bi weekly data will be summarized as a 30-day moving geometric mean as a measure of the general or long-term water quality.   The 30-day moving geometric mean should not exceed 190 colonies per 100 mls
  • Dangers- to look out for while swimming and enjoying the Fugitive Beach, these are the same as any outdoor natural swimming and leisure venue.  Rocks in the water or in the sand that can be stepped on our kicks, debris from other customers in the sand,  on even ground, climbing the natural rock steps to jumps and slides, falling rocks if you are with in twenty feet of the bluff edges in the water or one top of bluff area, Rule no one with in twenty feet of the bluff walls.  We also dye the water using Crystal Blue Lake and Pond Colorant so if you have a sensitivity to dyes please check on this product. Sun burn, over heating, dehydration,  jumping from no designated areas into the water, and other possible dangers outside our control. 
  • Watch your property-Unfortunately any place there are people there can be a thief, we have only had a very few items that we think have been stolen from our customers, but it can happen, so watch you valuables and lock your cars. 
  • Be safe and have fun at the Fugitive Beach, Thanks.   

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