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This civil law suit was brought resulting from the unrecognized drowning death of a 59-year-old guest in the hotel swimming pool, even though there was at least one lifeguard on duty. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: October 23, 2014 Background The Spa at Bally's...

This case resulted from the drowning death of a high school child during a physics class. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: October 23, 2014 On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Chukwueloka (Vincent) Agwuoke, had been participating in a physics class project being held in...

Incident description of drowning occurring during a Middle School Physical Education swim class. Author: Gerald M. Dworkin Date: April 10, 2015 Introduction Abdullahi Charif was a healthy 12-year-old, 5’ 11”, 7th grader. On February 27, 2014, Abdullahi experienced an unwitnessed fatal submersion in the...

On September 05, 2011, while in the Lazy River attraction at Hurricane Harbor Six Flags in Arlington, Texas, 64-year-old Linda Forbes was observed by lifeguard Samantha Shiff floating face-down and motionless. Lifeguard Shiff then signaled she was entering the water...

On July 12, 2011, Deion Smith and his younger brother were invited to swim in the backyard swimming pool of David and Kathryn Lives, located at 1281 Jeremy Ct. in Forest Park, Ohio. They were granted permission to go by...

William T. Beals was a 19-year-old, 5’7” teenager who was mildly autistic with Aspberger Syndrome. On May 19, 2009, William suffered a fatal submersion while using the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) swimming pool during recreational swim. Author: Gerald M....

by Gerald M. Dworkin Printed in Sept. 1981, Security Tips Newsletter According to the National Safety Council, accidents are the leading cause of death in this Country for people between the ages of 1 and 44. Accidents remain one of the leading...

by Gerald M. Dworkin Printed in March 1983 jems For the past three issues, jems has presented a thorough review of spinal immobilization devices that are used in traditional rescue situations. But what about the victim who must be removed from deep...

by Gerald M. Dworkin Printed in May 1986 jems Each year approximately 10,000 new spinal cord injuries are identified and treated in this country. The average age of onset is 28.7 years with the most common age being 19 years. Fifty percent...

Lifeguard competition has been proven to be a very effective motivational tool, as well as the basis for developing a seasonal or year-round lifeguard in-service training program. by Gerald M. Dworkin Printed in April 1986 Parks & Recreation LIFEGUARDS! Man Your Buoys! (Bang!!)...

Spinal Injuries in the Aquatic Environment Part 2: Emergency Procedures by Gerald M. Dworkin Printed in July 1987 Parks & Recreation; Revised 04/15/14 All public and semi-public aquatic facilities should be equipped with appropriate spinal immobilization devices (SIDs), in addition to cervical collars, lateral...

Spinal Injuries in the Aquatic Environment Part 1: Prevention by Gerald M. Dworkin Printed in July 1987 Parks & Recreation One hot Sunday afternoon, a family was enjoying a leisurely barbeque around their new backyard swimming pool. The children played a game of tag...

Eight Steps To a Safer Facility by Gerald M. Dworkin Printed in Feb 1987 Parks & Recreation Aquatic activities have become very popular forms of recreation in this country, not only during the summer, but all year long. Aquatic recreational activities take many...

Why a Pool Audit Means Good Risk Management by Gerald M. Dworkin Printed in Club Director. (1990). Revised April 10, 2014 Guaranteeing the safety of all members who use your club's aquatic facility and safeguarding the assets of the club against possible loss...

The law requires lifeguards to act or behave toward other individuals in a certain, definable way, and, under given circumstances, the lifeguard has a duty to act or refrain from acting. Generally speaking, the lifeguard must be concerned about the...

The Supreme Court helps employers see the ADA a little more clearly. by Gil Fried and Ann Walker AB-Dec, Sports Law Report Analysis of the Americans with Disabilities Act has produced both court opinions and popular opinion, but the landmark legislation still seems...

by Gerald M. Dworkin January 9, 1997 The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training curriculum is currently advocating a sub-standard procedure for the immobilization of suspected spinal injured patients in shallow or deep water. This issue is being presented to solicit the opinions...

by Gerald M. Dworkin January 27, 1997 The Massachusetts Lifeguard Bill No. 3993, if passed, will require the lessee, tenant or program operator of a recreational campground, which is an establishment whose main purpose is to attract and accommodate campers and their...

As a result of renewed electronic and print media exposure, the Heimlich Controversy has once more reared its head creating a confusing message for lifeguard and other rescue personnel regarding the resuscitation procedures to be used when confronted with a...

by Gerald M. Dworkin February 11, 1998 In the event a firefighter is suddenly and unexpectedly immersed in deep water while wearing full turnout gear, the firefighter's survival is dependent upon the actions taken during the first critical seconds of the immersion....

by Gerald M. Dworkin February 11, 1998 The following article was developed at the request of the University of Bath Lifeguards and has been posted to provide information for lifeguard and other Water Rescue personnel. The procedures outlined demonstrate the recommended procedures...