Articles, Blogs, and Rants

Generation Vet: The New Young Heroes

By MarioNovember 11, 2011 Leadership, Military

These young men and women (two-thirds of them were under 28 years old) had joined the service between 2003 and 2007. What that means is that they spent years of their young lives watching their friends and families come home dead or wounded and still said, “Sign me up.” At a time in the world where going into harms way was an “imperative” rather than a remote possibility, these people had volunteered anyway.

Boy Brought Back After Drowning

By MarioAugust 9, 2011 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:

Good Guard Bad Guard

By MarioJune 4, 2011 Risk, 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, […]

Ertrinken sieht nicht aus wie Ertrinken!

By MarioMay 27, 2011 Boating Safety

Translations: – English –  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Português – română  – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Audio Version Als der Kapitän voll bekleidet von Board sprang und durch das Wasser lief, irritierte er die anderen Badegäste, die im Wasser schwammen. “Nicht, dass er […]

Children on Boats are Still Children

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 seem to get together on one issue: How much supervision is enough out there on the water?  She gave me […]

She’ll Save You

By MarioMarch 17, 2011 Coast Guard, Military, SAR

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 year. Video 1 Video 2

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got – Your Radio and DSC

By MarioFebruary 27, 2011 Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR

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 and make a call.  If things go bad, really bad, you have to call “Mayday” – wait for a response […]