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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

Zero-Depth Entry Drills

Get to the victim quickly, utilize the secondary lifeguard to assist in extrication (Photo credit, Emily Plurkowski, East Bay Regional Park District)

Zero-depth entry pools simulate a beach or waterfront where…

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Added by Pete DeQuincy on August 20, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Role Reversal at Swimming Pools

In many respects, open-water and water park lifeguards are more vigilant than swimming pool lifeguards because they know they are going to get wet helping guests due to waves, currents and high speed rides.  Critical incidents are also more likely to happen at these aquatic facilities because of the sheer number of people as well as the many and varied challenges swimmers and waders face in these moving waters.  Although swimming pool lifeguards may think their jobs are much easier…

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Added by Tom Griffiths on August 16, 2013 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

I am passionate about swimming. Let me tell you why.

Blog by:  Laurie Batter

It's 6am, the sun is just up, and I’m strapping on goggles and preparing for my daily lap swim. It’s a passion I have. 

People often remark, “Laurie, you are so disciplined!” I say, “Actually I’m addicted”. Really, it’s my passion: I live to swim and I swim to live- that’s my motto.

 

Ever since I was a baby, I have been in love with…

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Added by Laurie Batter on August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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

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

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

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