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Ο πνιγμός δε μοιάζει με πνιγμό

Translations: – Norsk 汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Magyar –  Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Ο καινούριος καπετάνιος πήδηξε από το κατάστρωμα με τα ρούχα και άρχισε να κολυμπάει με ταχύτητα. Πρώην ναυαγοσώστης, κρατούσε τα μάτια του πάνω στο θύμα καθώς κατευθυνόταν προς το ζευγάρι που κολυμπούσε μεταξύ του αγκυροβολημένου σκάφους και της παραλίας. «Νομίζω ότι νομίζει ότι πνίγεσαι» είπε ο άντρας στη σύζυγό του. Λίγο […]

Swim at Your Own Risk

By MarioJuly 6, 2012 NDPA, Risk, Water Safety

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 […]

A Letter on Their Hearts

By MarioJune 17, 2012 Life, Opinion

It’s time to start writing my own letters to my children and to my friends. It is time for all of us to start writing. We shouldn’t wait. As I’ve always looked to my parents I know now that our children always look to us with the same unanswered question just behind their hearts. “Is this it, Daddy? Am I doing good?” It’s the reason they learn to say “Watch me” so young. And if you only get one thing then get this: Our children do not hold back or shrink from themselves because they are afraid to fail. They are only afraid of failing us.

Boy Nearly Drowns at Phoenix Hotel

By MarioMay 20, 2012 NDPA, Risk, Water Safety

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.

The 2012 GAP Attention Survey

By MarioApril 1, 2012 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 […]

Friends from the NDPA: The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation

By MarioMarch 8, 2012 NDPA, Water Safety

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/ Buy the book for your kids

Good Guard Bad Guard

By MarioMarch 8, 2012 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, […]

NDPA Pool Safety Video

By MarioJanuary 11, 2012 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 […]

Inspired vs. Required

By MarioDecember 19, 2011 Business, Coast Guard, Leadership, Military

A traveler saw two men cutting stone from a mountain and placing the blocks on carts. He asked them, “What are you doing?” One said, “Can’t you see? We’re cutting stones from this mountain.” The other man gave the traveler an understanding look and said, ….”We’re building a church.” (for non-USCG readers, sorry for the […]