Water Safety

Surfing the Hurricane

By MarioSeptember 1, 2010 Risk, Water Safety

As the hurricane approaches the East Coast – many parents will be hit with the question, “Surf’s up! Can I go?” It’s a tough question to say no to. The boy loves surfing and because you live where you do, waves like he sees in surfing magazines don’t exist in his world. That’s because so many Eastern beaches have to wait for hurricane force winds to drive in enough swell for truly righteous waves. But before you look into your kid’s excited eyes and say something silly like, “O.K., but be careful.” consider applying a risk practice professionals often use to make decisions about what is a good idea, and what isn’t.

El que se Ahoga no parece Ahogarse

By MarioAugust 29, 2010 Boating Safety, Water Safety

Translations: – English –  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Italiano –  Français – Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version (Notes: Spanish translation revised by Luis Miguel Pascual, Escuela Segoviana de Socorrismo ESS Technical Manager Traducción al español revisada por Luis Miguel Pascual, Director Técnico de la Escuela Segoviana de Socorrismo.) El nuevo capitán saltó desde la cubierta, completamente vestido y esprintó en el agua. Como antiguo Socorrista, mantuvo […]

Annegare Sembra Non Annegare

By MarioAugust 13, 2010 Water Safety

Translations: – English –  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Français – Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Audio Version Il nuovo marinaio salta dal pozzetto, completamente vestito, e si mette a nuotare a tutta velocità. Grazie all’esperienza acquisita come bagnino, tiene gli occhi fissi […]

Pool Safety Nets: Layer Zero

By MarioAugust 7, 2010 Water Safety

Pool nets, unlike fences or alarms or locks, remove the water from the equation. Fences can be climbed – and the water is there. Locks work, but if you forget to latch it, or an older child opens the door, the water is there. Alarms make noise but do not prevent water entry in any way. A properly installed pool net makes water entry impossible for small children.

Drukknun er ekki eins og drukknun

Translations: – English –  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Français – Português – română – Deutsch – Svenska – Čeština – Русско – Audio Version Hann stökk alklæddur út í sjóinn, – skipstjórinn, fyrrum björgunarmaðurinn. Hann hafði ekki augun af manneskju, synti að fólkinu sem svamlaði milli fjöru og bátsins sem lá við […]

Making Pools Safer

By MarioJuly 24, 2010 Water Safety

What could possibly go wrong?  That question doesn’t get asked often enough. In June of 2002, it was discovered that the suction drain of a hot tub was strong enough to hold a child underwater. Seven-year-old  Virginia Graeme Baker lost her life because a spa manufacturer did not ask the question: what could go wrong?  […]

CPSC Releases Pool Safely Videos

By MarioJuly 23, 2010 Water Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, as part of there PoolSafely initiative, has just released a series of excellent videos on YouTube.  I’d like to urge all parents to visit poolsafely.gov,  and youtube.com/poolsafely.  Their advice is absolutely lifesaving.

Avoiding and Escaping Rip Currents

By MarioJuly 11, 2010 Survival, Water Safety

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Teaching Kids to Swim

By MarioJuly 10, 2010 Learning, NDPA, Water Safety

In recent years, I’ve gotten hundreds of requests for information and advice about when children should start swimming lessons. Though I’d like to think I am a pretty smart guy, my experience in water safety has been predominantly on the rescue side. For a time I was an instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue […]

Speaking of Drowning

By MarioJuly 9, 2010 Water Safety

The reaction to an article posted at gCaptain and again here on this site has been just this side of overwhelming.  I’d like to thank everyone who reposted – RT’d – shared – and liked “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning” and for the powerful discussions on the subject of drowning recognition taking place in forums […]