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Going Digital

Give them a challenge, and see your lifeguard team strive to meet the objective. (Photo credit: Rebecca McNeil, West Sacramento)

 

I feel blessed for the opportunity to provide training articles for Aquatics International, and doubly blessed…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 25, 2014 at 12:21am — No Comments

How Bad is Peeing in the Pool?

Ladies and gentlemen, we have an epidemic of aquatic proportions on our hands: one out of five people freely admit to peeing in our pools.  Even Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have gone on record stating they frequently pee in pools.  But it’s not their fault; in fact peeing in the pool is a physiologic response to being in the…

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Added by Paul Graves on March 22, 2014 at 7:24pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on March 20, 2014 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Science supports need to reduce urine in pools

"Everything we do, at NSPF, we believe will help more people live healthier lives," says Tom Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of National Swimming Pool Foundation. One thing NSPF does is fund research and invite leading scientists to present their findings at the annual World Aquatic Health Conference. Ernest R. Blatchley III, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, one of the lead researchers in the study referenced in the link below, has been a long-time grant recipient from the National Swimming Pool…

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Added by Laurie Batter on March 11, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

A word on PPM Control (Amperometric)

Today everyone is talking about Sensors that precisely measure chlorine residuals in water.  The Pool industry has eagerly awaited this kind of technology because the "Experts" feel that the ability of regulating steady Residual is Paramount.

As a Controller Professional for over 15 years, I disagree, as the need to PROPERLY sanitize a pool with varying degrees of demand requires varying residuals for the loads endured by the pool itself.

With that in mind, lets talk about…

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Added by Clemente J. Rivera on March 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

A word on ORP Control...

As a Controller Professional for over 15 years, I just wanted to chime in on a few things to help people try to get a grasp as to what ORP is, and what Your controller is supposed to be doing.

First off, ORP is NOT a quantitative measurement of Sanitizer...its a QUALITATIVE one; This simply means you are measuring how well your chlorine is working in a swimming pool.

With that in mind...you need to understand a few things about ORP:

1-ORP is Greatly dependent on pH: if…

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Added by Clemente J. Rivera on March 11, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Drilling Down on Primary Assessment

Scan for bleeding drill incorporates a primary and secondary rescuer (photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, city of American Canyon)

 

In February 2013, I briefly touched on one primary assessment drill in my “Back to Basics” article. This article…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on February 23, 2014 at 6:03pm — No Comments

"Youthful Enthusiasm" help adults overcome fear of water

USING “YOUTHFUL ENTHUSIASM” TO HELP ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR FEAR OF WATER



When helping adults overcome their fear of water, I believe that one of the most overlooked components of that process is something that can be subtle, even unrecognizable, yet plays an unmistakingly significant role in a positive outcome. By the time most adults come to me for help, they bring with them all the emotional baggage that they have developed and dragged along with them all those years as a…

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Added by Jeff Krieger on January 17, 2014 at 3:22pm — No Comments

The Power of Grandparents

I had the pleasure over the holiday season of having a generational “Oreo” moment. I got that sweet creamy feeling inside seeing the generation above me and below me spending time together. Yeah, I probably did have a few Oreos too. Don’t tell my doc! There are few feelings as precious as seeing people who love our kids even more than you do. Grandparents are a wonderful thing!

As we start the year, my mind keeps coming back to the question, “How do we grow our…

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Added by Tom Lachocki on January 10, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Building Better Scenarios for In-service Training

Scenarios are a necessary part of any in-service training (photo credit, Traci Farris, City of Modesto)

 

Dedicating several in-service trainings to scenarios will greatly improve the performance of your lifeguard team. Scenarios provide a…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on December 21, 2013 at 11:12pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on December 19, 2013 at 10:52am — 2 Comments

Professional Pool Care

Here's the guest blog I wrote for Jabariofwater.



Professional Pool Care



Clean pool fun! When we visit our local pool, or a hotel pool when we travel, we have the expectation that the water is healthy and won’t make us or our family sick. We also have the…

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Added by Laurie Batter on November 19, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments

Situational Awareness at Aquatic Facilities

The Boston Marathon Bombing, The Asiana Airline Crash, and the young boy flying to Las Vegas without parent or ticket all evoked a new and important phrase, Situational Awareness (SA), or the lack thereof. Several different definitions of SA come from aviation, the military, counter-terrorism agencies and others. Situational Awareness simply means a heightened mindfulness or awareness of your immediate surroundings. During many catastrophic events when innocent…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on November 11, 2013 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Putting The Pieces Together: Components of Airway Management

Administering emergency oxygen is an effective option to provide during patient care (photo(s) credit, Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Regional Parks

In a critical incident the primary objective is to keep the victim alive. Airway management is…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on October 14, 2013 at 4:29pm — No Comments

The Case of the Invisible Swimmer

Did you read the enlightening article by attorney Gregory A. Anderson titled the Case of the Invisible Swimmer in the latest issue (10/13) of Aquatics International? If not, you should. Gregory provides an in-depth analysis of a silent death/drowning that ended up in litigation. Many if not most of these cases are in fact “silent drownings” which nobody sees. The educational part of this article is the way Gregory explains the intricacies of the lawsuit. He does a wonderful job…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on October 9, 2013 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Those Spinal Days

Lifeguard teams practicing standing in-line stabilization and spinal management (Photo credit: Kyle Maxwell, East Bay Regional Park District)

Spinal management is one of the three core skills of lifeguarding, the other two being…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on September 16, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Time to Ramp up as Summer Wraps up

I was taught very early in my career that Aquatics is much like Farming; the more you do in the off-season, the more productive your summer will be.  Perhaps that was because my first boss was a real farmer who actually turned his dairy farm into a fresh-water, water park because of all the natural springs located on his property.  After taking a big breath and great sigh of relief that another summer has passed us by, begin to think about next year, NOW.  What can you do now…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on September 14, 2013 at 10:36am — No Comments

Rapper will.i.am can teach us much about drowning prevention

In his recent story about his childhood near fatal drowning event, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas can teach us all a thing or two about drowning prevention. After his mother told him adamantly to keep out of and stay away from swimming pools because he did not know how to swim, he did exactly what his mother asked him not to do. Although he was a non-swimmer he entered the shallow, three foot section of a swimming pool and walked directly into water over his head. Although he was submerged…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on September 14, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Drowning Detection Technology Gets National Media Attention Focused on Drowning

Aquatic Safety Concepts' WAHOOO® Swim Monitor System was featured on two major national news channels. The reports bring drowning into national headlines, reminding everyone about the risk of drowning and the need for proper supervision.

One report appeared on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (http://goo.gl/2fGDG). It shows compelling video about how quickly a child's body can disappear, even in crystal clear pool water. The ABC program appeared in…

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Added by Dave Cutler on August 27, 2013 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Swimming Shapes the Future

In the center of almost every community is something that brings us closer as a people, a crystal blue swimming pool, the heart of the neighborhood.  This place is more than just a fancy amenity to these folks; it’s one of the few places where people can exercise in a way that connects them with their neighbors. Pools create unity, friendships, recreation and a whole lot of fun.  This face-to-face contact with those who live close to us, takes us away from our computers and cellular phones…

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Added by Christopher Sawyer on August 22, 2013 at 10:39am — No Comments

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