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Again with the Cloudy Water??

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 4:35pm 1 Comment

About 40 years ago when I began my career in aquatics I was quick to learn the importance of keeping swimming pool water crystal clear. And back then it wasn’t as easy as it is now; we hand fed pools with chlorine and tested the water chemistry manually as well. Nearly half a century later, I’m still consulted on drowning cases where non-swimming children have disappeared in the deep end of the pool but no one can recover, rescue or resuscitate the kids because they can’t find them. Simply…


Drowning Deaths are just the Tip of the Iceberg

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:55pm 3 Comments

When I took my first American Red Cross Junior Life Saving (yes, you read that right) course, this little brown book stated that there were approximately 12,000 drowning deaths each year in the United States. Then after many years the drowning rate dropped to about 7,000 drowning deaths per year and stayed there for a while. Even with the population growing, much improved data collection, and many more water sports and activities to produce drowning, the fatal drowning rate now is below…


Superficially Shallow

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 4:05pm 0 Comments

Most shallow water pools in the US are just too deep. We have a discerning depth in the United States that doesn’t make much safety sense: Five Feet. Swimming pool water is considered to be shallow when it is less than five feet while deep water is defined as any depth greater than five feet. Consider that the average American child does not reach a height of five feet until they are 12 years old. That places a significant number of young children at the risk of drowning in our “safe”…


How ‘bout that MAHC

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 6:43pm 1 Comment

No I am not kidding! I read the entire first edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). And I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. Seven years of hard work was worth the wait. The roughly 700 pages of the MAHC is enough to intimidate anyone, but the more I read it the more I liked it. Nearly 40 pages of Table of Contents is a good indication that the MAHC is certainly comprehensive. As I worked my way from the actual codes to the annex, I began to realize that the MAHC was an…


What’s up with Secondary Drowning???

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 2:26pm 4 Comments

Perhaps the most popular water safety story in the media these days is about Secondary Drowning. Although this phenomenon may be new to the media, it has been studied by physicians for decades. Fortunately, the condition is extremely rare. It most often occurs after a successful water rescue when a child has been pulled from a pool by a parent or lifeguard who at first appears to be perfectly fine. Then hours after the incident, the child shows subtle yet significant symptoms. Inhaling pool…


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At 1:44pm on December 1, 2010, Jim Reiser said…
Hi Tom,

Listen to my blog when you get a chance. I mention the Note & Float and your website.

At 3:52pm on August 16, 2010, Jim Reiser said…
You're welcome Tom!

At 9:49am on August 12, 2010, Jim Reiser said…
Hi Tom,

Just linked your "Note and Float" site up on two blogs. One on my AI Connect blog I posted today and one on my blog I posted yesterday.

Jim Reiser
At 9:32am on April 21, 2010, glenn pang said…
Hi Tom, It was real great to finally get a chance to meet you personally. Aloha glenn
At 6:39am on September 17, 2009, Robert E. Ogoreuc said…
See you got linkedin in working. Talk soon.


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