Safety in Indoor Aquatics: Summary of the Athens 2004 Olympics

by Stathis Avramidis
Photos courtesy D&D Technologies

Lifeguarding at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the Test Events that occurred previously was characterized by a poor organizational system. However the participation of some highly qualified volunteers to work as lifeguards, bringing their own expertise and equipment with them and displaying the goodwill that optimizes the Olympic spirit helped to organize these successful games.

The aim of this article is to highlight the do’s and don’ts that occurred in all the swimming pool aquatic events, as a guide for avoiding the same mistakes in future Olympics.

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