Swimmer Saves Rival from Drowning

April 27, 2018

At a high school swim meet in Michigan, Xavier Staubs had just finished the last leg of a relay race. He noticed one of his rivals, Kamrin Samson, in another lane struggling and sinking to the bottom. Fans in the stands were frantically signaling that the swimmer needed help. Xavier, with the help of another teammate, dove to the bottom and pulled Kamrin up and out of the pool, perhaps saving his life. Kamrin indicated that he may have held his breath too long during his leg of the relay.

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Life Jackets in Pools?

June 28, 2017

The warm weather is finally here and families and children are heading to pools and lakes to cool down. Swimming is a standard summer activity but many adults and children aren't strong swimmers. This can lead to terrible drowning tragedies if non-swimmers get into water that’s too deep. While lifeguards are there to protect swimmers in many situations, this isn’t always the case.

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Drowning Tragedy at YMCA Pool

February 19, 2016

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.

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Are you Nomophobic? Probably.

February 22, 2012

"Phone, keys, wallet."

"Phone, keys, wallet."

"Phone, keys, wallet."

I repeat those three things while tapping at my pockets all day long. I don't go anywhere without the three. Even when I'm at home I know precisely where my phone is at all times. I didn't know it until today, but there is no doubt that I am the very definition of a

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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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Who Knows Best: Doctor or Lifeguard?

April 15, 2011

A drowning tragedy that took place in the Bahamas earlier this week is raising questions about the response of the waterpark's lifeguards. We encourage you to read more about the circumstances leading up to the drowning, but in short, an unresponsive five-year-old girl was pulled from the water by a waterpark guest. Another guest, who happened to be a registered nurse, immediately began providing rescue breathing. Shortly thereafter, an emergency room doctor

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Oprah, We Need Your Help!

February 08, 2011

One child drowns every minute. Yes, you read that correctly. One child drowns every minute. 600,000 children a year.

My 9-year-old son asked me the other day how many kids drown, and when I told him one every minute he asked, "Then why isn’t everyone talking about it?" Good point. If a 9-year-old gets it immediately, why doesn’t

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Guest Blog: Introducing Rebecca Robinson

January 19, 2011

The majority of water safety programs reach out to older children, yet children ages 1-4 are at the highest risk of drowning. Rebecca Robinson believes that we need to have a global 'face' of water safety that engages very young children, and teaches them water safety the same way we teach children to cross the street safely. Jabari of the Water is one possible solution. She's working to make Jabari the 'Smokey Bear' of water safety.

Rebecca will be guest blogging for West Bend on a regular basis. We thought the best way to kick off her guest blogging experience would be

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Lifeguard Management Best Practices: Tracking Lifeguard Certifications

January 14, 2011

If you are a lifeguard supervisor or manager, this probably sounds familiar. You supervise a group of lifeguards; some stay with you all year long, while another group only works once college classes are finished. On top of keeping these schedules straight, you also have to hire new lifeguards to replace the ones that decided to move on.

Amongst all of this chaos it is easy to lose sight of one of the most important elements of lifeguarding

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Lifeguarding: How Old is Too Old?

August 23, 2010

Last week, a West Bend loss prevention representative was asked by the aquatics director for one of our customers if we had a policy on the maximum age of a lifeguard. This is an excellent question. In short, virtually no organization should have a policy indicating a maximum age limit for any employees. For an in-depth legal analysis we turned to our very own Jenn Seidler.

Jenn is an attorney with West Bend’s specialty lines division. In addition to handling employment practices liability claims, Jenn works on property, liability and crime policy claims.

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