by Donald Wood
Last updated: 4:00 PM ET, Mon February 27, 2017
Royal Caribbean announced that it will be adding licensed lifeguards on every ship in its fleet over the next four months, starting with Oasis of the Seas.
According to The Express, the addition of trained lifeguards to all of the cruise line's ships is part of Royal Caribbean's new water safety program, which also includes water safety instruction signs being installed on each vessel in the company's fleet.
Royal Caribbean corporate communications manager Lyan Sierra-Caro said that pool activities are an "important aspect of the cruise vacation" and that the cruise line is doing everything in its power to make the experience as safe as possible.
The lifeguards will be issued uniforms that will be adorned with bright red and white colors, and they will be stationed at every pool during hours of operation, including the Solarium. All of the lifeguards will be trained by Florida's StarGuard Elite.
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As part of Royal Caribbean's new water safety program, children and parents will go through a 15-minute presentation on embarkation day, and additional signs stressing the importance of children using the available swim vests will be installed.
Royal Caribbean officials say that while adding licensed lifeguards will make the experience of swimming on a cruise ship safer, parents and guardians are still expected to supervise their children and remain vigilant.
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