Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Taking the Plunge, Swimming Documentary

Looking forward to seeing this documentary, Taking the Plunge. This film appears to be a well-researched and positive approach to exploring the need for everyone to know how to swim. Hopefully this film will be a good reminder to all that you're never too old to learn to swim.

Monday, August 26, 2013

PADI Swim School in the Maldives

SAI founder, Jill White, and CEO, Leslie Donovan, recently traveled to Male, Maldives to train the staff of the Sun Diving School. Most of the instruction was done in the beautiful ocean water that makes the Maldives such a tourist destination. The newest instructors to rise from the PADI Swim School Instructor Training were professional and fun to work with. Overall, the course was great and we are excited to have new PADI Swim School Instructors representing SAI from Male!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Threatening aquatics situations occur, but drownings can be prevented. The SAI trained and certified lifeguards at the Centennial Park Aquatic Center in the Village of Orland Park, IL. did an exemplary job with a drowning rescue earlier this month. Thank you to excellent staff in Orland Park and to the Chicago Tribune for recognizing the guards in this article. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pool & Spa Safety, Needed Enforcement

In response to the deaths and injuries caused by entrapment, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was enacted in 2007. Unfortunately, this law has not enforced the installation of anti-entrapment covers in private homes. Recently the report that the son of R&B singer, Usher, was entrapped in a home swimming pool has brought more media attention to the issues of drain entrapment and the risk of drowning. It should not take incidents of high profile celebrities to bring attention to this issue. Hopefully this law can be expanded and promoted to protect those in private pools. 

Recently Alan Korn, the executive director of Abbey's Hope, spoke with Robin Young on WBUR's Here and Now about entrapment and pool safety. Listen to the interview here

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