Last month, a talented swimmer on the Dartmouth College swim team was exercising in a Florida YMCA pool while on vacation with his family. After a challenging 4000-yard swim set, he attempted four laps across the pool without taking a breath. Unfortunately, he was not successful.…continue reading the rest of Drowning Tragedy at YMCA Pool
A teenage swimmer from one of the most prestigious swim clubs in the United States had to be pulled from the pool by two of his coaches last week. Luckily for the swimmer, his coach was scanning the bottom of the pool. Listen to him describe the breath-holding exercise he was performing before he…continue reading the rest of Breath-Holding Exercise Nearly Costs Swimmer His Life
Thursday, May 24th was a big day for aquatics professionals, parents and kids everywhere. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's Pool Safely campaign kicked off the third year of its pool and spa safety awareness initiative.
As a Pool Safely Campaign Safety Partner, West Bend joined organizations like the Y, Safe Kids USA, and the American Red Cross in this year's goal of providing water safety outreach and education to…continue reading the rest of Pool Safely's First Splash!
CultureOfSafety.com was designed by West Bend as a place to discuss some of the most pressing risk management concerns facing nonprofit, youth focused, and community based organizations. Because these organizations serve such a diverse group of people with such a wide range of programs, we discuss a lot of different topics on this site. One topic certainly seems to get more attention than the others though.
Between our Ten Commandments of Effective Lifeguarding video series, our Aquatics Best Practices Guide, and a variety of Aquatic Safety Tips, we think it's clear that aquatic safety is an important pillar in our risk management plan. And for good reason. A pool, spa, or lake is almost always the greatest source of exposure for an organization. And even if there isn't a pool or lake on premises at your organization, your members and guests will undoubtedly benefit from water safety knowledge.
In an effort to continue offering the most thorough and relevant water safety information to our visitors, West Bend is very excited to announce a partnership with the…continue reading the rest of Do you Pool Safely?