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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…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on October 20, 2014 at 6:43pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on June 11, 2014 at 2:26pm — 3 Comments

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,…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on May 9, 2014 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Anatomy of the Passive Victim Rescue

Lifeguard focuses on pulling a passive victim from the bottom of the pool. (Photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)

Some lifeguards believe that their ability to successfully rescue defines their identity as a lifeguard. We must…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 21, 2014 at 10:21pm — No Comments

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

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