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‘Nobody is exempt from drowning’ but new tech being tested at Marshall Pool in Vancouver could prevent tragedy

Swimmers asked to wear high-tech headsets that alert lifeguards to problems

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: November 16, 2023, 6:07am
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WAVE Drowning Detection headsets sit on a stand Tuesday at the Marshall Pool. Over the next month, swimmers will be asked to wear the headsets while swimming &mdash; the system alerts lifeguards to when swimmers remain submerged for too long.
WAVE Drowning Detection headsets sit on a stand Tuesday at the Marshall Pool. Over the next month, swimmers will be asked to wear the headsets while swimming — the system alerts lifeguards to when swimmers remain submerged for too long. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

It’s always exciting to be on the cutting edge of technology, but one new device on display in Vancouver is really making waves.

At the Marshall Pool in the Marshall/Luepke Community Center, lifeguards are testing out a new safety system called the WAVE Drowning Detection System. Between Nov. 6 and Dec.

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