July 2013 Blog Posts (5)

Good Guard Bad Guard

It’s July and hot outside and you head to the neighborhood pool for the day.  The kids want to swim and you just want to be doing nothing for awhile.  Everyone files through the gate as you scan for an open lounge chair and your friends.  The kids have sunscreen on, you have your book, and yes – Mike is the lifeguard on duty.  You like Mike.  He’s a good kid and always…

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Added by Mario Vittone on July 26, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Music Videos: Swimmer Re-mix!

For years musicians have been featuring pools as center pieces for their music videos. The problem is that swimming hasn't been the focus, it's been the partying and extravagance being showcased. Recently lifeguards, swimmers, and even pool maintenance professionals have gotten into the mix and have made aquatics the true center piece. Here is a list of my top 5 favorite “swimming videos”. I believe these creative expressions stem from staring at the bottom of a pool for hours upon hours, or…

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Added by Kevin Post on July 23, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Science shows swimmers have lower mortality risk than runners and walkers

It is universally accepted that physical activity is good for your health and reduces mortality rates.  Studies that compare mortality rates between swimmers and other common physical activities are rare. The most compelling findings are those of Chase, Sui, & Blair (IJARE, 2008, 2(3), 213-223) that compared 40,517 men 20-90 years of age who completed health examinations from 1971-2003 as part of the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study administered by the Cooper Institute. After adjusting…

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Added by Tom Lachocki on July 18, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Committing Blasphemy

I know we will be getting a lot of backlash and negative comments about this blog because our opinions are probably in the minority as we are rocking the traditional water safety boat. We do however believe that what we have to say is extremely important and should be analyzed objectively by those who read it.

More and more actual drowning scenarios are being caught on security cameras but unfortunately, only lawyers and expert witnesses typically get to see them; water safety…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on July 18, 2013 at 9:00am — 13 Comments

Training with Pete DeQuincy

Pete DeQuincy recently conducted an in-service training for the City of Benicia lifeguards. He did a training for us last year as well, so when the staff heard he would be back they were very excited.  He delivered another great training!  He began with the most basic skill of applying on gloves and added one element at a time until the guards built up to recognizing a victim in the water, performing a rescue and extraction, applying gloves and performing CPR or other appropriate after…

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Added by Jill Wynn on July 9, 2013 at 9:15am — 2 Comments

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