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What if Lifeguards Wore Body Cameras?| Aquatics International Magazine 

Posted by | February 20, 2018 | Lifeguards

Aquatics experts consider the pros and cons of wearable cameras. ~By Nate Traylor

In the not-so-distant future, lifeguards could have three eyes. Body cameras are becoming smaller, more affordable and waterproof — all of which begs the question: Could the technology one day wind up on the strap of a lifeguard’s bathing suit or headband?  There are reasons to consider the possibility.  The prosThe industry might be open to new surveillance tools that could exonerate rescuers accused of negligence. The aquatics community has been on edge since last year’s shocking arrest of a Connecticut lifeguard. In September, Zachary Stein was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment stemming from what authorities described as a delayed rescue of a 5-year-old boy. That a lifeguard could face criminal charges for doing his job – even if it was done poorly – was unprecedented.If this is the new reality in which lifeguards operate — one that holds them liable for any perceived oversight — then wearable cameras might have a use in aquatics.  Read More…

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