Staff at Prophetstown State Park pool ready to keep you safe this summer

Now that it's finally starting to feel like summer outside, people are cooling off at the water park at Prophetstown State Park. The aquatics facility can hold up to 700 people at a time.

Posted: Jul 4, 2019 6:32 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Now that it's finally starting to feel like summer outside, people are cooling off at the water park at Prophetstown State Park. The aquatics facility can hold up to 700 people at a time.

"Keeping safety in mind is a big thing around here," said Head Lifeguard Shelby Vedder. "It does get hectic but we love days like that!"

She said they practice their skills often. This helps keep life saving techniques fresh in their mind in case they have to save a swimmer. 

"I highly recommend in-service at least twice a week if not three, we do anything from CPR to back boarding," she said.

She said they even practice how to backboard someone who may get a spinal injury after coming down one of the slides. The lifeguards clear the pool for a 15-minute safety check three times a day. The guards will use this time to practice a skill.

"That's also a great time for parents to make sure everyone in their family is accounted for," said Assistant Property Manger Jacob Shapley. "It also gives our guards a chance to hydrate and take a break."

They have between eight and 10 guards on rotation at any given time. Shapley likes to use a sports analogy to describe a lifeguard's scanning skills.

"The normal football term I learned is your eyes are always on a swivel, heads always looking," he said. "That's the same thing for a lifeguard."

The lifeguards have a designated zone that they watch. Vedder said it's crucial for guards to remain vigilant when on duty. She said they often times see kids jump into areas of the pool where they may not be able to touch. Prophetstown also provides lifejackets for the kiddos who need some help swimming. However, some home-brought floatation devices are not allowed.

"My guards know for sure that we don't allow the inflatable lifejackets just because if they get punctured, they are also not coast guard approved," said Vedder.

The number one thing they are looking out for is a victim who is drowning. People may think that the act of drowning is an obvious one. But often times, it's a silent act that can be hard to detect in a crowded pool.

"When looking for a child or even an adult who's drowning, if their nose or mouth is underwater, that's a big warning sign right there sometimes they can't yell for help," she said. She added that sometimes they can't use their hands or arms to get the attention of a lifeguard either.

A lifeguard's duties also extend to the pool decks. They are looking at patrons for signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration.

"We train in CPR, AED, First Aid, seizure precautions, bee stings, stuff like that and how to handle it," she said. "I always encourage my guards to communicate openly with our patrons so that they know they can come to us if they aren't feeling well."

"I always tell people apply sunscreen early and often stay hydrated, make sure you have enough electrolytes in your body," said Shapley.

Most of all, they want people to have fun in the sun.

"We want everyone to come here, we want everyone to be safe and have a great time," said Shapley.

The Prophetstown State Park pool is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. To learn more about the state park's pool and its guidelines, click here.

West Lafayette
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 50°
Kokomo
Overcast
47° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 42°
Rensselaer
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 39°
Fowler
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 39°
Williamsport
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 43°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 46°
Frankfort
Overcast
49° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 45°
Delphi
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 42°
Monticello
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 42°
Logansport
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 41°
Drier weather for now with temperatures still averaging above normal.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 318894

Reported Deaths: 5561
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion43391855
Lake27599462
Allen18363299
Elkhart17474226
St. Joseph17071234
Hamilton13376169
Vanderburgh9839121
Tippecanoe880629
Porter844886
Johnson6556169
Hendricks6267158
Vigo618187
Monroe542850
Clark522877
Madison5153122
Delaware5014103
LaPorte474695
Kosciusko468540
Howard357977
Warrick329872
Floyd324978
Bartholomew323563
Wayne318074
Marshall308146
Cass302631
Grant282050
Noble261546
Hancock260355
Henry252837
Boone248754
Dubois242931
Dearborn222631
Jackson222534
Morgan215543
Knox189720
Shelby189556
Gibson189426
Clinton182121
DeKalb181632
Lawrence179748
Adams171022
Wabash168121
Miami166614
Daviess160144
Steuben150713
Fayette150034
Jasper147413
Montgomery146627
Harrison145524
LaGrange145031
Whitley140814
Ripley138515
Huntington130910
Decatur128243
Wells127930
Putnam127828
White127522
Clay126523
Randolph126121
Posey124116
Jefferson122916
Scott112320
Greene104653
Jay100713
Sullivan99216
Starke94021
Jennings88714
Fulton86419
Spencer8588
Perry83721
Fountain8078
Washington7837
Franklin71327
Carroll69613
Orange69028
Vermillion6444
Owen6317
Tipton58927
Parke5886
Newton56912
Rush5658
Blackford54012
Pike51619
Pulaski41115
Martin3645
Benton3553
Brown3514
Crawford3031
Union2752
Switzerland2605
Warren2542
Ohio2337
Unassigned0266

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events