Articles, Blogs, and Rants

The Unaccounted-For Variables: Where Tough Mudder Failed

By MarioApril 23, 2013 Life, Opinion, Risk, Water Safety

I was saddened to hear of the death this past Sunday of twenty-eight-year old Avishek Sengupta, who drowned at a Tough Mudder event in West Virginia. Saddened, but not at all surprised. Tough Mudder is one of those pay-to-play obstacle challenges that allow anyone with an entry fee and the willingness to sign a waiver […]

Images from Bounty – 2008 – Slideshow

By MarioMarch 4, 2013 gCaptain, Media

This may take a while to load – but it’s worth it. For print copies of any image, contact the photographer at www.robertdemar.com [slideshow_deploy id=’6076′] .

A vízbefúlás nem látszik vízbefúlásnak

By MarioFebruary 10, 2013 Boating Safety, Risk, Water Safety

Translations: – English –  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Português – română – Deutsch– Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Az új kapitány ruhástul a vízbe vetette magát a fedélzetről és teljes sebességgel úszni kezdett. A volt vízimentő, szemét mindvégig az áldozaton tartva, egyenesen a lehorgonyzott vitorlás és a strand között úszkáló tulajdonos pár felé tartott. “Szerintem azt hiszi, fuldoklasz” mondta a férj a feleségének. Egymást fröcskölték a […]

Diminishing Returns – Why Smaller Isn’t Always Better

By MarioNovember 21, 2012 Boating Safety, EPIRB, Survival

UPDATE: The fine people at Datrex sent me a Rescue PLB1 to try for myself.   I loved it.  It handled well – even in some pretty chilly water.  Full report up soon; but in this case, I consider smaller – very, very good. Ocean Signal and Datrex recently introduced the world’s smallest Personal Locator Beacon, […]

Redefining Limits: The Hidden Value of Hard

By MarioSeptember 27, 2012 Coast Guard, Leadership, Learning, Speeches

There is a value to pushing the limits and expectations on students that has been lost because the training community failed to define the value inherent in these methods. In not applying a performance objective to fear and stress, many programs (including basic training and others) gave up a piece of what mattered most. Drawing […]

Deadliest Catch?

Alright gang, I’ve officially had enough. While at work, a friend sent a link to a recent NPR article about how deadly commercial fishing is and where the deadliest fishing grounds really are (hint: it’s not Alaska.)   Journalist Curt Nickish pit two very different ideas in opposition using two local fishing captains as champions […]

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.