Breath-Holding Exercise Nearly Costs Swimmer His Life

July 31, 2012

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

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Injured Diver Neglected by Texting Lifeguard

January 18, 2012

A post from David Nagel, a West Bend Loss Prevention representative: Last week while at my son’s diving sectional I witnessed a female diver sprain her ankle as she was coming down on the board during her very first dive. When she came up to the surface of the water she was struggling and could barely swim to the

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How to Prevent Real Drownings, Not the Baywatch Kind

October 20, 2011

A lifeguard's job is to sit around, twirl a whistle, and wait for a swimmer to splash and yell loudly as soon as they need to be rescued. Of course I don't think that, but I would imagine that is the way a large portion of society views guarding. And can you really blame them? If you look at the way Hollywood has dramatized drownings, it isn't difficult to reach the conclusion that lifeguarding is a piece of cake.

Unfortunately, spotting a distressed swimmer is no where near as easy as it looks on Baywatch. In order to prevent real life drownings

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Rescue Ready at Retirement Age

September 19, 2011

Last Thursday the New York Times published A Test Keeps Lifeguards Fit For Duty, a well-written tale of the steps some of New York City's more "mature" lifeguards take to stay in tip top shape. The timing of the article couldn't have been better, as we were busy putting the finishing touches on the seventh installment of the Ten Commandments of Effective Lifeguarding.

This brand new Lifeguard Commandment video addresses the importance of lifeguards always

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Are You Swimming in a Toilet?

August 31, 2011

E. Coli outbreaks across the country have been compromising the health and well being of swimmers this summer. This dangerous bacteria has been linked to dozens of hospitalizations. Thirteen people were hospitalized after visiting a state park in Pennsylvania. According to an article on FoodSafetyNews.com, "eight of the swimmers had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening

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Lifeguard Commandment Spotlight: Constant Communication

October 10, 2010

If you haven't already done so, please check out the latest installment in our Lifeguard Commandment video series on YouTube.

Inform other lifeguards and supervisors of weak or problematic swimmers.

With only a few short minutes to present a topic, some of our Lifeguard Commandment Videos may ultimately present more questions than answers.  Fortunately, we have this blog and the collective wisdom of an entire staff of aquatic safety experts from

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