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Pat Meloy commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post Again with the Cloudy Water??
"That can happen in otherwise well run pools. A private facility I visited had their gas chlorine system break down and had to run manually for several weeks. At the same time the health authority was all over chloramine levels so guarding staff were…"
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Again with the Cloudy Water??

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…See More
Feb 17
Tom Griffiths commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post Drowning Deaths are just the Tip of the Iceberg
"Gerry, Good points and all well taken. My AI blogs are narrowly focused, and continue to address AI readership which is composed primarily of Aquatic Recreation Professionals owning, operating, and servicing pools, beaches, and waterparks. Happy New…"
Dec 27, 2014
Gerald M. Dworkin commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post Drowning Deaths are just the Tip of the Iceberg
"By the way, we encourage AI readers to subscribe to receive our monthly newsletter, as well as to follow us on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter where we post stories about drowning incidents daily.  This morning, alone, we've posted stories…"
Dec 26, 2014
Gerald M. Dworkin commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post Drowning Deaths are just the Tip of the Iceberg
"I agree with Tom's comments about the devastating costs, both financial and emotional, relating to non-fatal submersion incidents.  Our measure of success should be the prevention of aquatic-related incidents, and not just the number of…"
Dec 26, 2014
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Drowning Deaths are just the Tip of the Iceberg

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 4,000.…See More
Dec 18, 2014
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Dec 18, 2014
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Superficially Shallow

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” shallow…See More
Nov 24, 2014
Laurie Batter commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post How ‘bout that MAHC
"Tom, great post! For those who aren't aware, a CMAHC (Conference on the Model Aquatic Health Code) workshop was held last month just prior to the World Aquatic Health Conference in Portland, Oregon. Here's a bit of info for everyone to…"
Nov 7, 2014
Laurie Batter liked Tom Griffiths's blog post How ‘bout that MAHC
Nov 7, 2014
Tom Griffiths posted a blog post

How ‘bout that MAHC

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…See More
Oct 21, 2014
Caleb Starrenburg commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post What’s up with Secondary Drowning???
"Hi Tom,Thanks for your reply. And no need to apologise. I absolutely understand the challenge of communicating a complex topic – such as drowning – in an accessible way. The challenge is only magnified when an inaccurate idea like…"
Jul 11, 2014
Tom Griffiths commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post What’s up with Secondary Drowning???
"Caleb, Thank you for your accurate and thoughtful comments. I do agree with the consensus of the agencies you mentioned. Please note I placed the antiquated term “near drowning” in quotes, knowing that the more accurate term is…"
Jul 9, 2014
Caleb Starrenburg commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post What’s up with Secondary Drowning???
"I’m afraid this blog post contains a number of inaccuracies, and as you're a significant part of the aquatic professionals and drowning prevention community, it’s important to be communicating the right information. Secondary…"
Jul 9, 2014
Tom Griffiths posted a blog post

What’s up with Secondary Drowning???

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…See More
Jun 18, 2014
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Teach your Parents Well

The month of May, Water Safety Month, is a good time to educate parents, especially when it comes to families attending public pools during the summer months. Parents can become too over reliant on the lifeguards on duty and over-confident with their children in the water. Use your public relations and marketing skills to get parents on your side before the summer begins. Encourage them to get wet and enjoy the water with their children rather than observing from afar, that is the pool deck, or…See More
May 9, 2014

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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…

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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…

Continue

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”…

Continue

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…

Continue

What’s up with Secondary Drowning???

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 2:26pm 3 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…

Continue

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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.

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

jim
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 www.SwimProfessor.com blog I posted yesterday.

Jim Reiser
jreiser@swimprofessor.com
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.

Bob
 
 
 

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