Water Safety

Swim at Your Own Risk

by Mario on July 6, 2012

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My good friend Vincent Daniello was spending the day with his family at the beach in Ogunquit, Maine.  It should have been a fun time in the sun and surf, but Vince was finding it very hard to cool off.  Being a conscientious dad, he doesn’t swim at unguarded beaches – especially with his kids […]

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I’ve never done it, but it was on my list.  Parasailing; it just looks like fun, doesn’t it?  After spending most of my life evaluating what is safe or going after people who weren’t, hanging from a parachute high above the water seemed like a great way to have fun. The view has to be […]

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Hotel employees trained in CPR helped a father revive his drowned son. Keeping a constant watch and staying in arms reach of his small child would have been a better plan, though I think he just learned that the hard way. Stay within arms reach of your small children whenever they play in the water. […]

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The 2012 GAP Attention Survey

Distracted LIfeguard

by Mario on April 1, 2012

in Risk,Water Safety

I have a confession:  I’m not a big fan of data.  It leaves too much information out, allows too many assumptions in, and it seems to provide more questions than answers.  But if there is one thing about data I have come to love, it’s that it is an awesome tool in the changing of […]

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For more information of the amazing work being done by Blake and Kathy Collingsworth in drowning prevention: http://www.joshuamemorial.org/ http://www.joshtheotter.org/             Please share

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Good Guard Bad Guard

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by Mario on March 8, 2012

in Water Safety

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 as you scan for an open lounge chair and your friends.  The kids have sunscreen on, you have your book, […]

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NDPA Pool Safety Video

by Mario on January 11, 2012

in Water Safety

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) released a video sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. I think it is absolutely excellent. The efforts of the NDPA and the CPSCs Pool Safely campaign will hopefully go a long way to reduce the number of drownings this upcoming summer and beyond. If you own a pool, please […]

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The image above is from a YouTube video posted in 2009 – a sort of warning to boaters about the benefits of safety gear like life jackets and kill switches. I’m posting it here as a warning about how wrong some people are about what is safe and what isn’t. Our man, Greg – the […]

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In 2002, my friend and mentor (and maniac) Dr. Gordon Geisbrecht fell – on purpose – through the ice on a frozen lake. He wanted to demonstrate just how those who fall through the ice can survive and help themselves.  Advice is also given to amateur and professional rescuers.  I ran across the video on […]

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Boy Brought Back After Drowning

by Mario on August 9, 2011

in Water Safety

Francesco Pia, PhD. Discusses the Instinctive Drowning Response using one of his examples from Orchard Beach in NY. And now for the happy ending: Please share

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