Jim Wheeler's Blog (7)

When was the last time you had some training?

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…

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Added by Jim Wheeler on January 27, 2013 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

Drain Cover Recalls

Isn't this just perfect? A law gets passed before the drain products to comply are even available. Then we all have to spend precious dollars during the worse economic downfall since the great depression to replace perfectly good drains in pools with two main drains. We pay for the drains and the installation and certification, then they get recalled.

 

How much is this going to cost me to get the old ones out and newer ones in? If I have a faulty drain will I be out of…

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Added by Jim Wheeler on May 26, 2011 at 5:03pm — 2 Comments

Aquatic Treasures We Have Left Behind

Our heritage as Aquatic Professionals is so rich. For decades our industry has been working to improve water safety and the rescue techniques used to save people. But I often wonder, in our effort to simplify our training programs, make courses shorter, reduce rescue techeniques to a couple of simple methods (everything starts from the rear rescue) have we left behind a lot of great lifesaving techniques that can still be applicable today?

Don't get me wrong here, I love to…

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Added by Jim Wheeler on June 11, 2010 at 8:46am — 9 Comments

The 1-2 Response and Care Objective

For years now I have been blessed with the good fortune of being able to speak to and train with aquatic professionals all over our country. It is these opportunities and the chance they give to us speak with other professionals, compare notes and share gripes about the industry that helps form us as professionals and helps us develop ideas that may help improve our industry. In the mid 90's I was really focused on "Back to Basic" skill building and teaching young people principles of peer… Continue

Added by Jim Wheeler on January 21, 2010 at 1:46pm — 3 Comments

When are the Politicians Going to Get Serious About Drowning Prevention?

Am I the only one that finds it ironic that the federal government can pass anti-entrapment legislation that is costing commercial, public and semi-public pools across the U.S. millions but has never allocated adequate resources to the prevention of drowning? Don't get me wrong, I am all for anti-entrapment drain covers and other devices that will prevent this tradegy from occuring, but the last I heard was that about 7 people each year die from entrapment in the U.S. and if I recall correctly,… Continue

Added by Jim Wheeler on September 2, 2009 at 3:21pm — 1 Comment

90% of What Are Out of Compliance With VGB?

I got 4 phone calls the other day because people saw something on the news saying "90% of the pools in the U.S. are out of compliance with the new VGB law and are posing a safety threat to swimmers". I wonder who actually has an accurate enough grasp on the number of "public pools" in the U.S. to be able to say how many are out of compliance.



This situation is a perfect example of government and media out of control. First we get legislation formulated obviously without much… Continue

Added by Jim Wheeler on July 23, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments

“You’re Either a Lifeguard or You’re Not!”

Ever teach a Lifeguard training class where on the first day when the youth jump in to do the prerequisite distance swim they look like a cat that fell in the water? I never cease to be amazed by the people that sign up for a Lifeguard class. Amazed that some are such mature and smart youth that are interested in a job that serves community and works around the water, and amazed that some think they want to do a job that they have absolutely no real knack for.



It has been suggest by… Continue

Added by Jim Wheeler on June 29, 2009 at 11:49am — 2 Comments

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