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Attending the virtual version of the 2020 National Water Safety Conference

I hope to HELP with the conference on the tech side of things by adding value in two ways.

I hope to create QUIZZES, perhaps 3 to 10 questions, for as many sessions as possible. A quiz presents different and fun ways to engage with content from a presentation. Example:

Furthermore, I expect to create CONCEPT MAPS for sessions. Then the concept maps can be tied together among the whole water safety landscape. Example:

Watch for created content at this web sites,, with links back to the NDPA.

The quiz and concept map info should not infringe upon copyright, but just offer extra layers of interactions.

Presenters, if you have your own questions or full blown tests and quizzes -- let me know and I'll publish them with you assistance and approval.

Pool operations with this COVID-19 virus

Swimmers with orange suits

Aquatic Facility Training & Consultants


Greetings! I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during this current virus threat. As promised we will alert you of information regarding Coronavirus and pool water transmission as it becomes available. I promise I will try to put a limit on toilet paper jokes 🧻 Here is what we know about COVID-19 & swimming pools so far:

The Centers for Disease Control update states “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19."

Keep in mind that even with the above we still need to be cautious in our activities around and about the facility, as with any other public location. If it is determined 100% that maintaining a chlorine level and pH within the recommended guidelines, we are only getting the pool water off the hook. Handrails, ladders, patio furniture, towels, gate latches, etc are all still a possible means of transmission. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving and characteristics of the virus are still being determined. Showering before bathing and good pool hygeine practices are more important now than ever before.

Until we are instructed otherwise, please continue to maintain your facilities swimming pool within the guidelines of your State or county Health Department Guidelines. Maintain a proper disinfection level at all times. Do not hesitate to contact your local health official with any questions.

I will continue to update you as information becomes available. Stay Safe and if you need anything at all please do not hesitate to call me 352.598.0229

Best regards, Rudy --

Saving yourself while feeling a heart attack. What do you think? Truth or fiction?

We are Interested in hearing your comments after this story in the comments below:

Hi, I sent this to you as I actually read it and thought it useful to know as I did not know this myself.

Please pause for 2 minutes and read this:

1. Let’s say it’s 7.25 pm and you’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.

2. You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.

3 Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.

4. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.

5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy who taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

6. HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE? Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

8. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!

10. A cardiologist says If everyone who gets this mail kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we’ll save at least one life.

11. Rather than sending jokes, please... contribute by forwarding this mail which can save a person’s life.

12. If this message comes around you... more than once… please don’t get irritated... You should instead, be happy that you have many friends who care about you & keeps reminding you how to deal with a Heart attack.

What do you think? Comments welcome.

Finally, the graphic above is all fiction. It was part of the stage design for a play at The Ellis School. 

Interested in being a lifeguard?

Coach Mark seeks lifeguards at local schools

Coach Mark visited with students at City of Bridges High School to talk about Lifeguard training and summer job opportunities. 

Your Details

Let us know how to stay in touch with you for pointers to both training opportunities and job prospects. This is not a job application. Info will be sent to trusted hiring managers.

Back-up phone.
Must be 16 or older to get certified. If younger, can become a swim instructor and Junior Guard.
If you are a student, where?

How can we help?

Feel free to ask a question or simply leave a comment.

Check all that apply and as many as you wish.

Most deadly beach in California is in San Francisco

Most Bay Area residents don't realize that the most deadly beach in California is in San Francisco.

In fact, the powerful rip currents, icy temperatures and strong waves at Ocean Beach are so dangerous that in 1998 alone, seven people lost their lives there. According to the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA), the chance of drowning at a beach staffed by lifeguards is 1 in 18 million, but while Ocean Beach has a beach patrol provided by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it controversially has no lifeguard stands. Previous attempts to label Ocean Beach as a "designated area to swim" and therefore requiring lifeguard stewardship, have been rejected by the National Park Service amid fears that the presence of lifeguard stands would increase the volume of swimmers in the ferocious waters.

Data from the National Weather Service shows that beyond Ocean Beach, where eight people have died since 2014, other dangerous waters in the Bay Area include Marin County, where in recent years three people lost their lives due to rip currents or high surfs, at Tomales Bay, Rodeo Beach and Black Sands Beach near the Marin Headlands. Further down the coast fatalities have been reported in recent years in Gray Whale Cove and Rockaway Beach in Pacifica. While safer than Ocean Beach, nudist-favorite Baker Beach has had its share of tragedy over the years, its waters claiming three lives over the last three years.

The calmer Bay Area beaches, away from the West-facing ravages of the Pacific, have proven to also be sometimes perilous. The seemingly shallow shore of Crissy Field in San Francisco is only around three feet deep, giving swimmers a false sense of security before an abrupt drop off into the Bay. Last summer a 14-year-old boy stepped backward off the ledge and drowned in the deeper waters.

Tragically, the most common drowning site in the Bay Area, though, is under the Golden Gate Bridge, where approximately 1,700 people have ended their lives since Harold B. Wobber plunged to his demise three months after the bridge's opening in 1937. With the caveat that the vast majority of these deaths were intentional suicide, and the cause of death was often trauma or hypothermia instead of drowning, still, nowhere in the Bay has had more drowning deaths. The long-awaited safety net, currently under construction, was recently delayed and is now expected to be completed in 2023.

Read more at the site. Link abo​ve.

Coronavirus Info from Ellis & Associates

The Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in January,2020. It is not that same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. It is more like two other coronaviruses that cause serious respiratory illnesses; Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) first identified in southern China in 2002.

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