The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the safe use of Lake State Tech. The College recognizes the importance of providing a safe and enjoyable environment for students, staff, and visitors. Adherence to this policy is essential to minimize the risk of accidents and ensure the well-being of all individuals utilizing the lake facilities.
Swim in Designated Areas Only: Swimming is only allowed in designated areas approved by the College. These areas will be clearly marked and equipped with necessary safety measures, such as buoys and warning signs.
No Diving: Diving is strictly prohibited to prevent injuries. The depth of the lake may vary, and hidden underwater hazards can pose a significant risk.
Alcohol and Substance Use: The consumption of alcohol and illegal substances is strictly prohibited on the lake premises. Such substances impair judgment and can lead to accidents or harm to oneself and others.
Boating and Kayaking: Boating and kayaking are permitted but should follow specific guidelines:
Fishing: Fishing may be allowed in designated areas of the lake. Anglers should adhere to applicable local fishing regulations and obtain the necessary permits. Fishing equipment should be handled responsibly to prevent injuries.
Wildlife and Vegetation: The lake is home to various wildlife species and vegetation. Visitors should respect and preserve the natural habitat, refraining from harming or disturbing wildlife or damaging plant life.
Swimmers’ Responsibility: Swimming in the lake is done at the swimmers’ own risk. There will be no lifeguard on duty. Individuals choosing to swim must acknowledge their responsibility for their personal safety and the risks associated with swimming in the lake.
Safety Awareness: All swimmers should be aware of their swimming abilities and limitations. It is recommended to swim with a buddy and inform others about their swimming plans or whereabouts.
Safety Equipment: While swimming at their own risk, individuals are strongly encouraged to use appropriate safety equipment, such as personal flotation devices (PFDs), life jackets, or floatation aids. These devices can enhance personal safety and provide additional support in case of emergencies.
Emergency Procedures: Clear and concise emergency procedures should be established and communicated to all individuals utilizing the lake facilities. These procedures should include protocols for contacting emergency services, providing first aid, and evacuating the area if necessary. It is the responsibility of individuals to be familiar with and adhere to these procedures.
Regular Inspections: The College will conduct regular inspections of the lake facilities to identify and address any potential safety hazards. Individuals are encouraged to report any concerns regarding safety hazards or maintenance needs to the appropriate college authorities.
Communication Channels: The College should establish effective communication channels, such as a dedicated webpage or email address, for individuals to report incidents, seek additional safety information, or address any concerns regarding the safe use of the lake.
By emphasizing personal responsibility and providing resources for water safety education, individuals can make informed decisions regarding their own safety while using the lake. The College will continue to prioritize regular inspections and maintain open communication channels to ensure any potential safety hazards are addressed promptly.
Enforcement and Penalties
Enforcement: The College will enforce the policy through regular monitoring, the presence of authorized personnel, and collaboration with campus security or local law enforcement agencies.
Penalties: Violations of the policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action, which can include warnings, fines, suspension of lake privileges, or other measures as deemed necessary
LINE OF AUTHORITY
Responsible administrator or office: Human Resources
Contact person in that office: Chief of Staff
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 16, 2023
Approved by President: August 16, 2023