Water Safety

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 […]

Verdrinking lijkt niet op verdrinking

By MarioJuly 7, 2010 Water Safety

Translations: –English –  汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Audio Version De nieuwe kapitein sprong volledig gekleed van het dek en sprintte door het water. Het was een voormalig badmeester en hield zijn ogen op […]

Hukkuminen ei Näytä Hukkumiselta

汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Français – Português – română – Deutsch – Svenska – Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Audio Version – English (Finnish Translation by Kaj Söderholm) Tuore kapteeni hyppäsi kannelta vaatteet yllään ja juoksi veden halki. Entisenä hengenpelastajana hän piti katseensa pelastettavassaan ja suuntasi rannan ja veneen välissä uimassa olleen pariskunnan […]

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

By MarioMay 18, 2010 gCaptain, Water Safety

So if a crew member falls overboard and every looks O.K. – don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them: “Are you alright?” If they can answer at all – they probably are. If they return a blank stare – you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents: children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Translations: – العربية – Norsk 汉语 – tiếng Việt – Español – Italiano –  Français – Magyar –  Português – română – Deutsch – Suomi – Svenska –  Čeština – Русско –Íslenska – Nederlands – ελληνικά – עברית‬ –   Audio Version The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept […]