Passengers onboard Oasis of the Seas may have noticed several new crew members by the pool. The licensed lifeguards are a feature of Royal Caribbean’s water safety program, being implemented fleet wide.
The new program will also see the introduction of water safety instruction signs throughout the ship.
The lifeguards, who will be dressed in bright red and white uniforms, will be stationed at every pool, including the Solarium, during opening hours. They have been trained through the cruise line’s partnership with StarGuard Elite, based in Florida.
The water safety program will also include a 15 minute presentation for children and parents, during the Adventure Ocean open house session on embarkation day.
Although swim vests are readily available for kids aged four to 12, additional signage will be added around the pool areas and in cabins to encourage parents to use them.
Children under the age of 12 will still require a parent or guardian to be present when swimming in any pool.
The entire water safety program is set to be rolled out across all Royal Caribbean cruise ships over the next four months, starting with Oasis of the Seas.