Members of Thendara Mountain Club
This is to inform you the Swim Dock at Thendara Mountain Club is temporarily closed.
Swimming is NOT allowed at the Thendara waterfront.
The use of the boats at the boat dock is unaffected and it remains open.
A review of our swim procedures was initiated based upon information received last July about member and guest inappropriate actions on the waterfront. Last summer the two members who initiated the swim complaints volunteered to research and modify our workshop to meet state standards. The workshop they presented in March 2019 was not in full compliance with the Safety Supervisor standards of the law and requires additions and implementation.
Concurrently a review was conducted by me (Camp Chair) and Werner Heck (Waterfront Chair). The review concluded our 2008 Orange County Beach Safety plan and our operation of the swim dock have not complied with NY State law. The review was aided by an in-person consultation with the Orange County Health Department inspector who issues the permit.
Very briefly, the NY State code regulating our swim area mandates at least one person on the dock supervising the swimmers in the water. That person MUST demonstrate a certain level of knowledge in waterfront safety, rescue equipment usage and general rules and regulations of waterfront operation. No one may swim alone or without a Safety Supervisor actively engaged in supervision of the waterfront. We do not meet the Safety Supervisor standards. There are also other regulations where we not in full compliance.
Our failure to abide by these regulations creates a substantial risk for swimmer injury or death, legal liability for the club, legal liability for the Camp Chair and Waterfront Chair, possible revocation of our permit to operate the waterfront/residence and possible revocation of our lease with Harriman State Park.
Therefore in order to speed up the process, swimming safety and legal compliance was discussed at length at the Saturday May 18, 2019 Executive Board Meeting. The board passed a motion to engage the services of Aquatics Safety Group and keep the swim dock closed until we can comply with our permit. Aquatics Safety Group is an expert in water safety and training.
Our intent is for Aquatic Safety Group to provide a course of action, recommend equipment and create a training program for Safety Supervisor that conforms to NY Laws. We will then secure the appropriate Park and County approvals for the swim dock operation.
Once approved, Thendara members who wish to use the Swim Dock will be required to pass a Safety Supervisor training course. We hope to be able to create an online course and have it online very soon.
We appreciate your concerns and hope to have the swim area open soon. Cooperation by the membership in completing the training will be crucial to the quick return of the swim program.