It’s July and hot outside and you head to the neighborhood pool for the day. The kids want to swim and you just want to be doing nothing for awhile. Everyone files through the gate [...]
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This morning I received an email from a reader who was struggling with a boating safety question. She and her husband enjoy the water and and they have two small children and they just couldn’t [...]
My friend, Sara Faulkner, is one of only four women currently serving as helicopter rescue swimmers in the U.S. Coast Guard. Here she is being interviewed after a rescue she was involved in late last [...]
If you’re out on the water and things go badly -fire, taking on water, man overboard, etc – you really need to work the problem. Seconds may count but you also need to get on the radio [...]
My older brother and I have this thing about phone tag. It takes four calls and three messages (typically laugh-out-loud funny messages) before one of us is not too busy to answer. So I was really [...]
The Consumer Product Safety Commission receives reports every year of drownings that occur in water sources (and other liquids) not normally associated with drownings - things found in an around landlocked homes without pools. Understanding that it happens (however rarely) and why and how it happens can be all it takes to make sure it doesn't happen to you.
I couldn’t feel my hands anymore and using them was impossible. The shivering was uncontrollable and violent. “That’s a good sign,” I thought to myself. I remembered from my studies of hypothermia that shivering stops before you lose consciousness. “If I’m still shivering than I’ll live for a while longer”, I reasoned. But mostly I was wondering about how I got myself into that mess.