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Poolview Plus+ - To the Manor Bourne

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Robin McGloughlin, Emma, Chris Day, Paul Brown, Craig Valentine and Steven Grainger at Poolview Plus+ commissioning

We are delighted to announce that we have installed and commissioned our first Poolview Plus+ Computer Intelligent Drowning Detection System for Warner Leisure Hotels and Bourne Leisure Limited at their Cricket St Thomas hotel.

The scene of much of the famous TV comedy, To The Manor Born, Cricket St. Thomas was also frequently visited by Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. This classic country house is set in splendid parkland, with colourful gardens, lakes, and a unique woodland area. The hotel provides extensive entertainment, including nightly live performances, and excellent dining venues, including The Granary which is set in a pretty walled garden.

Making swimming safer for Warner Leisure Hotels

 

 

Poolview Plus+ 1 Year On - 21 and Counting

Poolview Plus+ - Blended Lifeguarding

Poolview Plus+ - Blended Lifeguarding

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Hard to believe that it has only been 12 months since we won the "Best Facility Innovation" award for our Poolview Plus+ Computer Intelligent System for the Detection of Drowning Incidents at Elevate the UK's largest fitness & physical activity trade show.

At the time of our Poolview Plus+launch last May we had not installed a single computer driven drowning detection system in the UK. Indeed it was not until December 2017 that our first project was completed in central London at a prestigious private members club who had the foresight to see the many benefits for their staff, members and brand.

In the past 12 months we have pushed, educated and encouraged our concept of Blended Lifeguarding, combining traditional methods of Lifeguarding and Technology to support Lifeguards in their role.

January saw a series of four Poolview Plus+ installations in quick succession and this week we will be commissioning our ninth Poolview Plus+ installation of 2018.

Last week was one of those weeks you can only often dream about. Not only have we finalised plans for the installation of five Poolview Standard Systems, but also received an order for twelve Poolview Plus+ Drowning Detection Systems to be commissioned before the end of September!

One top of that, we secured Poolview Plus+ in five new-build projects!It

Exciting and interesting times ahead I am sure as we focus our efforts on supporting Lifeguards and reducing the instances of near misses or drowning incidents in our swimming pools

If you missed our Poolview Plus+ video - here it is again

Bluefox ST1 makes a splash with Poolview

Bluefox ST1

Bluefox ST1

Absolutely thrilled and delighted to have finally received our Bluefox ST1 Swimmer Safety Bands for tests in the field and of course to make a new promotional film

The BlueFox ST1 raises an alert before something serious occurs.

It recognises when a swimmer is in trouble and triggers the alarm before others around have even recognised that someone near them is fighting for survival.

BlueFox ST1 recognises the depth you are swimming in and measures the time you are spending below a certain depth. Once you exceed the preset duration it will release a balloon with a loud siren to the water surface. This noisy alarm will attract the attention of all present people.

A true high quality Swiss made feat of engineering.

On sale soon through our website  

Everyone Active & Poolview Plus+

Everyone Active Safety & Quality Managers - Tim Waller (Group)  George Lampshire - (Regional)

Everyone Active Safety & Quality Managers - Tim Waller (Group)  George Lampshire - (Regional)

A great day on site today, handing over our fourth Everyone Active Poolview Plus+ install of January, delivering staff training in partnership with Tim Waller and George Lampshire.

Blended Lifeguarding - Technology controlled by Lifeguards - This is no Game

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Four Poolview Plus+ Installations in January

Poolview Plus+ - Simply the best for "Blended Lifeguarding"

Poolview Plus+ - Simply the best for "Blended Lifeguarding"

2018 -Starting off with a bang!

Today sees the start of a series of four Poolview Plus+ installations in England.

With two teams working in parallel throughout the length and breadth of the country we will have everyone operational before the end of the month.

Poolview Plus+ - taking Blended Lifeguarding to a new level

Poolview Plus+ Automatic Drowning Detection Installed

Absolutely delighted to have installed our latest Poolview Plus+ computer intelligent system for the detection of possible drowning incidents in Mayfair, London.

Poolview Plus+™ and SwimEye™ developed artificial intelligence operates software in the background and supports the fully trained Lifeguard and first responders with their responsibilities

Poolview Plus+™ will "track" each swimmer and continuously monitor their activity until such time as it detects a "possible incident" developing.

At this point Poolview Plus+™ technology alerts the Lifeguard/First Responder to the "unusual swimmer behaviour", whereupon they can then take any appropriate action required.

Poolview and the Southern Area Hospice

Robin McGloughlin at 3800 metres

Robin McGloughlin at 3800 metres

Over the past 18 months our Business Director - Robin McGloughlin has been participating in a number of events to raise funds for his local hospice.

Poolview Ltd were proud to contribute to his fundraising efforts and presented him with a cheque for the Southern Area Hospice a few weeks before he left on his final challenge of trekking in the Indian Himalayas, finally getting to an altitude of 3800m

Well done Robin!

Banbridge RFC presents £2,500 Hospice Cheque to Poolview Director

Poolview Director Robin McGloughlin with Banbridge RFC President Robbie Ervine

Poolview Director Robin McGloughlin with Banbridge RFC President Robbie Ervine

Over the past 12 months Banbridge Rugby Club have been helping their Club Media Officer and Poolview Director Robin McGloughlin raise funds for the Southern Area Hospice.

Including club raffles, music nights, collection boxes and dedicated Hospice funds raising days (to name but a few) the Senior Club, Junior Club, Ladies Committee, Players, Members and Visitors have contributed a total of £2500 to the local Hospice.

Thanks go to every single person who contributed in any way shape or form - your support is very much needed and appreciated.

Poolview Lifeguard Training

Robin McGloughlin explaining Blended Lifeguarding

Robin McGloughlin explaining Blended Lifeguarding

One of the services which we regularly undertake is staff training with particluar reference to the technique of "Blended Lifeguarding".

The training session is very hard hitting and covers much about how and why "things go wrong".

Here we see our Business Director delivering training to Lifeguards, Trainer Assessors and Managers at a Places for People facility.

Blended Lifeguarding Seminar at Elevate

Great to see this article featured in the June issue of the UK Pool and Spa Scene publication, reporting on the seminar we participated in at this years Elevate event in London's Excel

Speakers at the Maximising Aquatics Revenue were, from left to right, Alyson Zell, Aquatic Business Manager at Freedom Leisure, Helen Meckiffe of Pfp Leisure, Robin McGloughlin of Poolview Ltd, Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management at Royal Life Saving Society UK and Nicole O’Callaghan, Business Development Director at JC Leisure.

Speakers at the Maximising Aquatics Revenue were, from left to right, Alyson Zell, Aquatic Business Manager at Freedom Leisure, Helen Meckiffe of Pfp Leisure, Robin McGloughlin of Poolview Ltd, Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management at Royal Life Saving Society UK and Nicole O’Callaghan, Business Development Director at JC Leisure.

Lively, well-attended seminars at this year’s Elevate show at London’s Excel included a thought-provoking talk by ‘blended’ lifeguarding specialists, Poolview, on balancing the role of technology for the benefit of staff and users of public swimming pools. A self-confessed ‘early adopter’ Robin McGloughlin of Poolview said it has taken many years of knocking on doors for ‘below water’ technology to become an overnight success. “In 2011, we installed two Poolview systems, followed by three in 2012 and eight in 2013,” Robin told Elevate17 delegates. “In 2017, we will hit 52 installs; that is the equivalent of one installation every week.” Having been involved in a tragic incident while working at a pool in his native Ireland, Robin has been a trailblazer for the introduction of assisted technology to support lifeguards. “One of my aims is to prevent the crap that I went through with an incident that still lives with me today,” Robin shared. “My job is not to get rid of lifeguards, the technology I am working with is to help lifeguards.

MODERN LIFEGUARDING: “We need to change our attitudes to using technology to support modern lifeguarding.” Quoting HSG179 guidelines, Robin laid out the four main options for drowning prevention management as:

1. Wearable technology including wristbands

2. CCTV technology with below water cameras

3. Computer intelligent technology with below water cameras and alerts

4. Doing nothing

“Technology is here to stay,” Robin said. “It will get better and better; costs will come down and safety will get better and better as a result,” he added urging public pool operators to take technology on board. Helen Meckiffe works for a multi-venue leisure operator, that has integrated Poolview into many of its pools. “We would all welcome the opportunity to sit down with architects, designers and clients to influence the way pools are being built,” Helen told delegates. “But the truth is that the ideal pool just does not exist. “Pools come in all shapes and sizes with hazards such as window glare, down lighting and free form areas.

NEUTRALISING HAZARDS : “What Poolview provides does is neutralise those hazards offering 100% visibility whatever the conditions,” she continued. “I am an advocate of lifeguard, I am not saying get rid of lifeguards but Poolview allows you to be a little bit more creative as regards programming,” “Poolview won’t raise an alarm, call an ambulance or rescue someone from a pool,” she added. “But you could reduce your lifeguarding resource, for programmes such as an aqua exercise class; where you can reasonably cut down to one lifeguard in addition to the instructor because you have additional control measures.” Helen recalled a recent incident when a swimmer at one of her pools suffered a seizure while in the water. “Having read witness statements with a critical eye, the Poolview system not only endorsed what had been said but showed the lifeguards had done even more than they remembered,” emphasised Helen who supports the Pool View system that she believes has a significant role to play in the recruitment and retention of modern lifeguards. Helen and Robin were taking part in one of the seminars organised as part of Elevate at London’s Excel arena, The full Elevate 2017 programme is divided into four seminar streams which take place in the gallery rooms, and three presentation areas on the exhibition floor.

A cluster of water leisure exhibitors at this year’s Elevate included swimming merchandise specialists SRS Leisure.

MAXIMISING REVENUE : Damian Stevenson, Insight and Partnerships Director at Swim England (formerly ASA) chaired the presentation on Maximising Aquatics Revenue – increasing usage and managing costs. This seminar will explored how to successfully implement and market innovative aquatics programming for a range of users and provides a great experience for swimmers, while examining maintenance strategies and cost savings. Swimming is the most popular participation sport, with over 2.5 million adults swimming weekly, yet swimming pools across the nation are not being used to their full potential. Pools are expensive to maintain, manage, staff and program, therefore optimising pool usage and cost saving strategies are vital. Damian’s team have been fundamental in rolling out behavioural insights that have led to the development of enhanced customer experiences across many parts of the aquatics sector.

These experiences are designed to build a strong sense of achievement and satisfaction amongst existing swimmers, whilst encouraging ‘non-swimmers’ to re-discover their love of splashing about in water! Alyson Zell, Aquatic Business Manager at Freedom Leisure picked up the baton with an insight into optimising pool usage across 42 pools – through innovative programming, marketing and customer experience There was also a talk by Martin Symcox, Director of IQL UK and Water Safety Management at Royal Life Saving Society UK while Nicole O’Callaghan, Business Development Director at JC Leisure urged pool operators to focus on effective maintenance strategies – planned maintenance, energy management and staff training.

Poolview Plus+ given Best Facility Innovation Award

Robin McGloughlin and Helen Meckiffe receiving the "Best facility Innovation" Award at Elevate

Robin McGloughlin and Helen Meckiffe receiving the "Best facility Innovation" Award at Elevate

At this years Elevate in London's ExCel Arena we were thrilled and delighted to be told that our Poolview Plus+ received the prize for Best Facility Innovation, which was hailed as an "innovative use of technology" by one judge!

BEST FACILITY INNOVATION:

Poolview Limited and SwimEye™ have collaborated and produced the worlds first proactive AND reactive computer intelligent system for the detection of possible drowning incidents in swimming pools.

We have called it Poolview plus+ and by using our tried and tested Poolview architecture, the lifeguards still have a monitor attached to their chair which displays the images from the eight carefully positioned underwater cameras, providing 100% below water coverage.

SwimEye™ developed artificial intelligence operates software in the background and supports the fully trained Lifeguard with their responsibilities Poolview Plus will "track" each swimmer and continuously monitor their activity until such time as it detects a "possible drowning" developing.

At this point our technology alerts the Lifeguard to the "unusual swimmer behaviour".

This information is relayed directly to Lifeguard via their Monitor.

The Lifeguard has then two options:- acknowledge and disarm the alarm acknowledge and escalate the alarm - which initiates the Emergency Action Plan and the swimmer is "rescued".

Thus - in the situation when a Lifeguard "misses" a developing incident - their "co-worker" Poolview plus+ will back them up and draw their attention to a camera view and the relevant swimmer.

Poolview Plus provides an additional layer of protection for swimmers - assists lifeguards with their duties and never switches off Poolview plus+ increases efficiencies for management but most importantly supports lifeguards in their difficult role.

Elevate 17

What a fantastic few days in the magnificent ExCel Arena at Elevate in London, the UK's largest cross-sector leisure event, bringing together the physical activity sector, academia, healthcare, policy makers, local authorities and performance experts.

Great to be there with a fine knowledgable team. Helen Meckiffe, Robin Mitchell (Pioneering Pool Solutions) and Martin Wessman (SenTag) all topped off by winning the "Best Facility Innovation" award for our Poolview Plus+ System.

New friends, new clients, new prospects - opening up further the drive for "Blended Lifeguarding"

Poolview at Elevate 2017

On Wednesday 10th May our Business Director - Robin McGloughlin will be speaking at Elevate 2017 - the UK's largest cross-sector event bringing together the physical activity sector, academia, healthcare, policy makers, local authorities and performance experts.

The seminar title is - Maximising aquatics revenues - increasing usage and managing costs.

His presentation will be incorporated within the "Drowning prevention strategies and the latest technologies" section.

We are at stand 154

If you are are attending Elevate at ExCel in London - please do call to the stand for a chat

Poolview Sponsors Banbridge Rugby Club U16's

It's good from time to time to post something that is not about a swimming pool, an installation or bad news.

This is a good news story within a local community. For the 2016-17 season Poolview have sponsored the shirts of Banbridge Rugby Clubs U16 team. The U16's have had a tough season, but without doubt (in my opinion) the most improved team of the season so far.

The dedication everyone have shown in getting out to training and sticking with it is starting to shine through. These lads are now a team - a proper team of players who have stuck together through thick and thin - no longer 15 individuals on the park.

We done lads - keep with it!

Poolview Limited Expands & Adds to Fleet

The start of 2017 brought another incremental step within the growth history and success of Poolview Limited.

We have not only added to our fleet of vehicles, but now have employed an additional full time Poolview Engineer to drive this little beauty around the UK, helping to ensure that our after-care service remains at the highest level and matches our partners expectations.

Exciting times!

Poolview Safer Swimming Systems in Scotland

Just completed a very successful series of site visits in Scotland, building up our network of installations and helping to pave the way for future projects throughout the region.

Fantastic new community pool - not quite ready for the public.

Looking forward to returning next month to present Poolview to an influential network of Leisure Safety Managers within the Central belt.

Poolview meets SenTag Partners in Stuttgart

Whilst in Stuttgart we met up with our SenTag partners on their stand to see the latest system upgrades and configurations which has just been released.

Directors of SenTag and Poolview Ltd at interbad in Stuttgart

SenTag acts as a layer of pool security either with or without patrolling lifeguards. The SenTAG security wristband continuously monitors depth and time for every swimmer and alerts if preset thresholds are exceeded.

The SENTAG Wristband monitors time and pressure for each user. Wristbands are set to a depth and time at which the alarm is raised. If the user should spend too much time under the pre-set depth an alarm is raised by signal from wristband to the SENTAG control unit.

The lifeguard receives an alarm that indicates which pool area that needs attention.

In this way the SENTAG wristband emulates the supervision of a lifeguard who should be naturally concerned if a swimmer stays too long beneath the surface.

Poolview visit to interbad in Suttgart

We have just returned from our visit to interbad which is an international event on the theme of both public and private swimming pools, saunas and spas. Visitors and exhibitors included operators of swimming pools, hotels, fitness centres, spas and sports facilities, as well as investors, architects and planners from swimming pool manufacture and retail.

At interbad, there were nearly 450 exhibitors from Germany and abroad and visitors from around 64 countries, which included operators, swimming pool manufacturers and retailers, hoteliers, architects, planners and private constructors. This meeting point for thesector makes it possible to experience new products and features at the trade fair stands.

As specialist visitors and Drowning Prevention experts we take part in parallel discussions on current trends and discussing standards for the industry.