Sun Prairie pool written up for lifeguard violation

Violation comes after teen nearly drowned in March
Sun Prairie pool written up for lifeguard violation

An inspector from Public Health Madison & Dane County cited Sun Prairie High School earlier this month after finding two people in the pool without any lifeguard supervision and the pool manager not on location.

The May 14 episode comes less than two months after a March 20 near-drowning of a 13-year-old seventh grader at the school pool where two of the three lifeguards in attendance did not have their proper lifeguard credentials.

The district’s internal investigation into the matter discovered the paperwork certifying their December, 2011 classwork had not been filed.

13-year-old Travonne Allen was under water for more than three minutes before being rescued by the Aquatics Manager Eric Breidel.

The district is circulating a set of administrative guidelines about future swimming activities in the school pool that it hopes to implement before the start of the next school year.

Inspector James Blackmore arrived at the Sun Prairie High School pool for its monthly inspection at 10:35 a.m. on May 14 and discovered two men and no lifeguard at the pool as is required by the state of Wisconsin. The men were identified as the high school swim coach and another teacher who helps with the swim team, both of whom identified themselves as certified lifeguards.

Blackmore waited four minutes to see if there was a lifeguard at the location and after not seeing one, he called Breidel on his cell phone, Blackmore informed him and one of the swimmers that the pool would have to “provide (a) lifeguard during lap swimming or close (the) pool.”

A Sun Prairie District spokeswoman said the administration had no comment except to ask that we detail the backgrounds of the men found in the pool by the health inspector.