Premiering this past Sunday on E! television channel, What Would Ryan Lochte Do? is Ryan’s latest project out of the pool. But the questions I’ve been asked by friends (and beginning to ask myself) “Is What Would Ryan…Continue
Added by Paul Graves on April 24, 2013 at 9:03am — No Comments
3-Rescuer CPR with BVM and AED (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski, Mills College)
CPR is a complex skill that requires constant training so that it will be performed well under the stress of a critical incident. Mastering breathing…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on April 23, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Just when the major water safety agencies (ARC, YMCA, NSPF and others) come together to ban excessive and prolonged underwater swimming and breath-holding to combat unconsciousness and drowning, the media kicks it up a notch by glorifying this deadly practice. The movie Chasing Mavericks is a must see for anyone in water safety. This story about a young boy who trains to become a world class big wave surfer, repeatedly shows his breath-holding antics, in the classroom, in his bathtub, in…Continue
Did you know that 24 states and many counties require operator training for those that operate a public pool? If your jurisdiction doesn’t require training, should you still get training? The answer is…absolutely as it will save your facility money!
We can all assume that a properly trained operator will yield a safer swimming environment for patrons. But, did you know that preventing outbreaks of recreational water illnesses (RWI’s) can also result in substantial cost savings? …Continue
Added by Alex Antoniou on April 22, 2013 at 3:10pm — No Comments
The San Diego County Aquatic Council is hosting a mini conference on April 12 at the City of Coronado featuring presentations from Dr. Alison Osinski, Jim Wheeler, Tina Dittmar, Johnny Johnson, Mike Espino, Heather Woodland, and Nicole Van Winkle. The cost is $30, includes lunch and a free registration for the TOTAL Guard Training with Jim Wheeler on Saturday. SDCAC, SCPPOA, and CPRS members pay $25, or you can register for the TOTAL Guard workshop only for $10. Register at…Continue
As I see it there are three options:
Relative to 1: Firing the other service company and hiring you is not an “industry growth strategy.” Sure, one company will grow (the other will shrink). Next year, the other company may undercut your price and get the business…Continue
Added by Tom Lachocki on March 19, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments
Instructor reviewing team towing holds (Photo credits: Emily Plurkowski, Pete DeQuincy, Mills College)
Removing the victim from the area of danger, also known as extrication, happens in all incidents both non-emergency and critical. Whether it’s moving a submerged victim from the bottom of the pool to the surface, towing from the point of rescue to the wall, or expediting from water to land where EMS is staging; extrication…Continue
Added by Pete DeQuincy on March 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Added by Paul Graves on March 13, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Industry trade shows serve a good purpose. Anyone who attends typically comes away feeling like they've been bettered by the personal interaction and camaraderie that shows engender. This week's AOAP show is a good example. By all accounts it was a great sophomore effort. To put it simply: Everyone loves a good show.
But what happens when there's not just one show, but four, or eight or 12 or 24? That's the reality for a…Continue
Added by Paul Graves on March 5, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
2024 is eleven years away but that hasn’t deterred the US Olympic Committee (USOC) from thinking about the future. After a two repeated failed bid attempts (New York City in 2012 and Chicago 2016), the USOC recently sent letters to 35 mayors, inviting them to consider bidding for the 2024 Olympics.…Continue
Added by Paul Graves on February 26, 2013 at 11:44pm — No Comments
Making a new pool presentation? Signing a new customer to a pool service route? Giving a seminar at a pool and spa trade show? Speaking at your local Rotary club?
Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. – A. Lincoln
Whether you are planning a speaking engagement, or just prefer to appear more professional, here are a few thoughts on the value of public speaking and leadership.
I was at Parents Night to get introduced to…Continue
Added by Tom Lachocki on February 20, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments
Instructor reviewing how to assist the…Continue
Two exciting conferences are coming up soon and all aquatic professionals should do their best to be there. One is the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP), March 3 March 6 in Austin, TX and the other is National Drowning Prevention Alliance(NDPA) in Ft. Lauderdale March 13-15, 2013. While both conferences offer excellent educational and networking possibilities, they do cater to slightly different audiences. AOAP tends to draw aquatic professionals working at municipal pools, YMCA,…Continue
As we prepare for summer and reexamine our Emergency Action Plans (EAP), I believe the trusty lifeguard whistle should now be scrutinized for its role when a catastrophe strikes. When investigations take place after a drowning or other serious water emergency, the actual use of the whistle often comes into question. Because the whistle is used in aquatic facilities for a variety of reasons (communications, rule enforcement, emergencies) often there is misuse and miscommunication surrounding…Continue
When I announced my departure as editor of Aquatics International, I assured everyone that in my new role, I'd continue to to have a voice for the industry. This blog is a fulfillment of that promise. Starting today, I'll be blogging weekly on AI Connect each Monday. I hope you'll bookmark my blog and continue checking back for my latest posts. But I know everyone's busy. So to make sure you don't miss this blog and select posts from industry thought leaders such as Tom Griffiths, we'll be…Continue
Added by Gary Thill on January 28, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
As aquatic professionals we owe it to ourselves and the public we serve to take part in regular professional development. In March the Association of Aquatic Professionals will be hosting their second annual conference in Austin, Texas. The first conference last year was a great event and the line up of speakers and traininers looks great again this year.
Maybe you can't afford to go to Texas to train, if so then I still encourage you to find something closer to home. Local…Continue
Added by Paul Graves on January 24, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments
As we move closer to summer, it’s time to energize the winter staff and get them working as a well-oiled lifeguarding machine.…Continue