Saint John, New Brunswick
Yi Fan Wang was a student in Saint John. He was attending the
Canada Games Aquatic Centre on September 20, 2011 with several
friends. He was taking part in a public swim at the time. The pool
was being supervised by three lifeguards- one near the bulkhead,
another on the deep end facing the waterslide and another on the
Yi Fan was not a strong swimmer. Yi Fan swam in the shallow end
of the pool and then he decided to go off the waterslide in the
deep end of the 50 m swimming pool. The water in the deep end was
approximately 12 feet deep. After going off the waterslide he began
to have trouble and quickly sank to the bottom. After some time he
was noticed and removed to the deck by a lifeguard. EMS was
activated and he was taken to the hospital where he died.
A Coroner's Inquest was called into this drowning. Michael
Shane, Safety Management Director attended the Inquest and
presented his recommendations. All recommendations were accepted by
the Jury and incorporated into their verdict.
Highlights of these recommendations included:
To the Canada Games Aquatic Centre- Saint
- Provide direct supervision of the Tarzan rope and
- Establish and post in the pool office lifeguard position,
scanning zones, and rotation charts for all recreational swim
- Enhance lifeguard scanning training.
- Create 911 call script checklist.
- Establish a bystander intervention care policy.
- Enhance waterslide signage.
- Promote the completion of the Lifesaving Society Comprehensive
Aquatic Safety Audit.
- Certify management staff with the Lifesaving Society Aquatic
Management Training certification.
To the Lifesaving Society
- Revise the Pool and Waterfront Guidelines for New Brunswick,
- Establish universal signage templates.
As Canada's lifeguarding experts, the Lifesaving Society
establishes aquatic safety standards and consults on aquatic safety