Water Safety

Our Fathers Are Drowning

By MarioMarch 28, 2017 NDPA, Water Safety

So much of drowning prevention is focused on children, and it should be. Well over six-hundred children under the age of 15 drown in the United States each year and it is a tragedy that deserves the attention of all of us. So visceral is the pain of the loss of a child that the […]

Expecting the Unexpected

Freezing and alone, three-hundred miles at sea in the dark, rescue swimmer Mike Odom lashes his arms to his life raft. He knows he’ll be dead soon and wants us to find his body – If he gets thrown out again we’ll never find him. The three sailors that he put in the back of […]

Are You Missing Something?

You’ve been sailing for years and planning this next trip for months. You’ve created the perfect sail plan, stocked the galley, the weather is shaping up perfectly and the boat has been checked and rechecked. She’s ready. You’re ready. You cast off the lines – outbound for wherever – confident that you have thought of […]

Dangerous Drains – A Quick and Valuable Lesson

By MarioJuly 5, 2014 Water Safety

Do you have a backyard pool or spa? Laws exist that make anti-entrapment drains a requirement in commercial pools and spas, but YOU have to check your own back yard to be sure. Before you or your family jumps into the pool this summer, check the drain. The very quick and valuable lesson on what […]

Dogs and Boating – The USCG Has Some Tips

My personal favorite life vest for pups is the MTI Adventure Wear – Underdog!  

Drukning ser ikke alltid ut som drukning

By MarioMay 1, 2013 Water Safety

Translations: – English  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Magyar – Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Nederlands – Audio Version Den nye kapteinen hoppet fra dekk, fullt påkledd og spurtet gjennom vannet. Som tidligere badevakt holdt han blikket på offeret mens han skyndet seg rett mot et par som svømte mellom den oppankrede båten og stranda. «Jeg tror han tror at du drukner», sa mannen til kona si. De […]

Update: Tough Mudder – Witnesses Describe Rescue as Slow / Disorganized

By MarioApril 25, 2013 Opinion, Risk, Water Safety

(If you were there – please help:  A Call for Videos) A recent article by Andrew Metcalf at Patch includes witnesses describing the rescue efforts (or lack of rescue efforts) after Sengupta’s friends reported that he did not surface from the jump.  Nicholas Sayers was at the Walk The Plank obstacle watching his sister participate in the […]