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Old 05-18-2014
sojomojo sojomojo is offline
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Default How to recognize when someone is drowning

With the summer a few weeks away, more of us will be out swimming with the masses in pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Most of us are not trained lifeguards so hereís a link to a 2010 article on how to recognize when someone is drowning.

http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/

Iíve got to admit that I was once in a lake (no lifeguard) when a lady who was less than 10-feet from me drowned. She slipped underwater quickly and quietly. She was underwater for several minutes before her son noticed she was missing and pulled her out of the water. I donít know if she survived. Iíve always had some gnawing guilty that I should have known she was in distress, but I was simply too focus on my own swimming. I rationalized that she probably had a heart attack, but it still didnít make me feel good.

Video of instrictive drowning response:

http://mariovittone.com/2011/07/vide...ning-response/

Of course, if you donít have the skills, you should never attempt a rescue if youíre going to end up being a victim too. There is, however, a skill that everyone should know how to do - give CPR.
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Old 05-18-2014
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Iíve got to admit that I was once in a lake (no lifeguard) when a lady who was less than 10-feet from me drowned. She slipped underwater quickly and quietly. She was underwater for several minutes before her son noticed she was missing and pulled her out of the water. I donít know if she survived. Iíve always had some gnawing guilty that I should have known she was in distress, but I was simply too focus on my own swimming. I rationalized that she probably had a heart attack, but it still didnít make me feel good.
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That would have been a sobering experience. It was good to see the video clip.
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Old 05-19-2014
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I'm not a lifeguard, but I have actually rescued two people from drowning. One of them was unconcious when I removed him from the water, but he didn't need CPR as he started coughing about the time I started hollering for help.
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Old 05-20-2014
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Of course, if you donít have the skills, you should never attempt a rescue if youíre going to end up being a victim too. There is, however, a skill that everyone should know how to do - give CPR.
Be aware that it's not just a matter of having skills. An on-duty lifeguard will normally have with them a large implement called a rescue tube that is designed to assist the lifeguard in performing rescues. I have my own rescue tube, and will bring it with me if I'm giving a lesson in a backyard pool or lake which has no lifeguard. It is not entirely safe for even a fully trained lifeguard to try to rescue someone without proper equipment.


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Old 05-27-2014
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"Ė of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening. Drowning does not look like drowning "

Sobering statistics, and it's the #2 cause of accidental death for children under 15 years.
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Old 05-27-2014
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This is a very sober and informative thread. Just yesterday we heard on the news that Daytona Beach in florida (east coast) had warnings up for rip currents. The lifeguards went out on almost 200 rescues! Fortunately, no one drowned. It pays to be aware

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Old 05-28-2014
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With the summer a few weeks away, more of us will be out swimming with the masses in pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Most of us are not trained lifeguards so hereís a link to a 2010 article on how to recognize when someone is drowning.

http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/

Iíve got to admit that I was once in a lake (no lifeguard) when a lady who was less than 10-feet from me drowned. She slipped underwater quickly and quietly. She was underwater for several minutes before her son noticed she was missing and pulled her out of the water. I donít know if she survived. Iíve always had some gnawing guilty that I should have known she was in distress, but I was simply too focus on my own swimming. I rationalized that she probably had a heart attack, but it still didnít make me feel good.

Video of instrictive drowning response:

http://mariovittone.com/2011/07/vide...ning-response/

Of course, if you donít have the skills, you should never attempt a rescue if youíre going to end up being a victim too. There is, however, a skill that everyone should know how to do - give CPR.
Best thread I've read in a long time!
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I've almost drowned twice. Well maybe that is a bit dramatic ... but in my mind at the time ... it was all over except for the funeral.

First time at a beach ... late summer ... and not crowded. This was before any swim knowledge or even discovery of Total Immersion. I had almost decided to take some swimming lessons and this experience caused me to put that thought on hold for a couple of years. I was resolved to stay away from the water. (And I have a speed boat !) The tide was farther out than I had seen before and therefore the bottom was different. Generally I kept a close eye on the shoreline and breast-stroked along with snorkel and mask. This day I went too long before checking where I was --- and when I did check, I found myself heading to sea. Panic set in and I started yelling for help. It was a scary time indeed. There was no help and I finally felt the bottom. Think I must have walked on water for a bit. The second time was at the outdoor pool, where I'm headed shortly. (Eric - Bedford pool is open !)
Somehow I got a mouthful of water and started choking. Again panic set in. I went under a few times and when I came up I motioned to the lifeguard to come and get me (please). This was shortly after the first lessons but before any confidence had developed.

So if you see someone panicking in the water it may be an indication of potential drowning. Fast thrashing movements or yelling for help are indicators to me that trouble is at hand.

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