June 2013 Blog Posts (6)

Great Aquatic Venues

What do Americans love more than a Top 10 list?  I would argue, not much outside of puppy dogs, apple pie, and nauseating reality television.  So, to kick off the summer swim season, the website SwimSwam.com recently released their contribution to this slice of Americana with their following list of the Top 10 “Must Visit Sites for a Swim Meet in the United States.”

    10) Texas A&M’s Student Rec Center Natatorium – College Station, TX



Added by Carl Nylander on June 18, 2013 at 9:07am — No Comments

Lap Swimming Losses

State College, PA is a relatively small college town with relatively few pools but we have had a rash of sudden deaths during laps swims lately. In a little over four years we have had four major cardiac arrests in four different pools during lap swims in our little town with three out of four being fatal.


First in 2008, a year before my retirement from Penn State University, a professor died suddenly while swimming his daily mile. Shortly after my retirement from Penn State…


Added by Tom Griffiths on June 17, 2013 at 7:24pm — 6 Comments

Research - Who Cares?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This philosophical thought experiment raises the question about research, and its value.

Research is key to advancing our understanding of the world, and to achieving positive changes. Yet, if advancements in research are mentioned, but no one hears or understands it, what good is it?  Who will care?


The irony of research is…


Added by Tom Lachocki on June 17, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

On the Waterfront: Rescue Board Drills for a Flatwater Facility

Rescue boards allow lifeguards to get to the victim before it's too late (Photo credit: Pete DeQuincy, East Bay Regional Park District)

A rescue board is an effective piece of lifesaving equipment that is ideal for flatwater waterfront facilities. If properly trained, a lifeguard can use it to move more quickly to the…


Added by Pete DeQuincy on June 12, 2013 at 3:19pm — 3 Comments

Preparing for the summer swimming season

My email box was inundated today from friends and professional acquaintances passing on an article that appeared on Slate Magazine's website Tuesday. These people were not necessarily your typical aquatics people but from different professions. I think this is a good time to share with our communities…


Added by Joe Andrews on June 5, 2013 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

Making Contact

Many lifeguards dread communicating with patrons. When they do interact with patrons it’s usually to enforce a rule. From the lifeguard’s perspective, this can be perceived as a no-win situation. The strangers can be categorized into groups: young children that don’t listen, teenagers that never listen, and adults that have given up on listening to anyone young. The last group can exacerbate “rule enforcement” situations with nonverbal responses: the rapid nodding, “leave me alone;” the…


Added by Pete DeQuincy on June 2, 2013 at 7:14am — 2 Comments

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