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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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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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
Tom Griffiths posted a blog post

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
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Why ask Why????

It’s good to question why we do things the way we do. This holds true for all endeavors including water safety. At the recent AOAP conferences, several excellent presentations were provided that questioned our traditional water safety approaches. First, an ER doctor presented valuable data convincing the audience that getting air into the lungs and oxygen to the brain of a drowning victim was of the utmost importance and should be a priority. Although most if not all training agencies recommend…See More
Mar 20
Tom Griffiths commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post Time to Identify Non-swimmers
"Way to go Lee!  We need more pools throughout the country organized like yours. If the Ski Industry can mark their trail heads  "beginning,"" intermediate" and "advanced", why can't we do the same with…"
Dec 28, 2013
Lee Bryan commented on Tom Griffiths's blog post Time to Identify Non-swimmers
"I use a combination of your Note and Float Program and colored disposable wrist bands. The pool is divided into three areas. Non-swimmers must wear lifejackets and a red wrist band and can not leave this area. Older swimmers who do not pass a swim…"
Dec 28, 2013
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Tom Griffiths posted a blog post

Time to Identify Non-swimmers

One thing that makes lifeguarding so challenging is the fact that many lifeguards cannot determine who is the next Michael Phelps and who is the next victim until it is too late. The first priority at every facility should be to identify all non-swimmers with either highly visible wristbands or necklaces. Once that is accomplished, parents and other patrons should be informed of the non-swimmer designation so they can assist lifeguards keeping these sinkers safe. My wife often reminds me of her…See More
Dec 19, 2013

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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”…

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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…

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Teach your Parents Well

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 4:33pm 0 Comments

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,…

Continue

Why ask Why????

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:03pm 0 Comments

It’s good to question why we do things the way we do. This holds true for all endeavors including water safety. At the recent AOAP conferences, several excellent presentations were provided that questioned our traditional water safety approaches. First, an ER doctor presented valuable data convincing the audience that getting air into the lungs and oxygen to the brain of a drowning victim was of the utmost importance and should be a priority. Although most if not all training agencies…

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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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