Archive for the ‘Aquatics’ Category

Keeping Pools Safe with Swim Tests

October 31st, 2016 swimming

Too often here at West Bend we receive frightening near-drowning claims. These claims can result in serious injury and many times the victims are children. A child who can’t swim wanders into the deep end during a pool party. A child who’s supposed to be wearing a lifejacket takes it off and no one notices. …continue reading the rest of Keeping Pools Safe with Swim Tests

Drowning Tragedy at YMCA Pool

February 19th, 2016 pool

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. …continue reading the rest of Drowning Tragedy at YMCA Pool

Can you beat this drowning simulator?

August 13th, 2015 Lifeguard Simulator

Many people think that if someone is drowning, it will be extremely obvious. Lots of splashing, screaming for help, and arm waving. But this almost never happens. The Instinctive Drowning Response, a phrase coined by Francesco A. Pia, PhD, prevents someone from waving or calling for help. Their bodies focus on breathing, not speaking, and their hands and arms are often instinctively pushing down on the water, not waving for help. This makes it much harder for lifeguards to spot victims.

A fantastic new website lets you see this for yourself. Computer programmer Francisco Saldaña created …continue reading the rest of Can you beat this drowning simulator?

Safety at the Y in 2014

April 10th, 2015 04_count_by_month

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company works with more than 200 Y associations throughout the Midwest. Each year, these Ys submit hundreds of insurance claims to West Bend. This year, we conducted a thorough analysis of each of these claims and held a live online seminar for our customers to discuss the results. To help make other Ys (and similar organizations) safe for …continue reading the rest of Safety at the Y in 2014

Scathing Review of USA Swimming’s Abuse Scandal

November 21st, 2014 USA Swimming Abuse Scandal

A new article in Outside Magazine explores the prevalence of sexual abuse in swim clubs across the country. Author Rachel Sturtz interviewed abuse victims, their families, the lawyers involved in the cases, and abuse experts. The story that emerges is shocking and painful. This piece, while extensive, and at times disturbing to read, is …continue reading the rest of Scathing Review of USA Swimming’s Abuse Scandal

The World’s Largest Swim Lesson

June 19th, 2013 swim lessons

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children ages 1-5. Additionally, research shows that children who do not learn to swim by the 3rd grade most likely never will. These two issues are the inspiration for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an initiative sponsored by the World Waterpark Association and supported by the PoolSafely campaign.

Yesterday’s attempt at a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest swim lesson saw an estimated …continue reading the rest of The World’s Largest Swim Lesson

The Story Behind Dr. Heimlich and His Famous Maneuver

May 9th, 2013 Heimlich Maneuver on Choking Victim

Did you know that Dr. Henry Heimlich first tested his technique to dislodge stuck food on a dog? He tied a string around a piece of meat and forced it into the airway of an anesthetized dog. And did you know that Dr. Heimlich is still alive!? I hadn’t the slightest idea. I also wasn’t aware that there was so much controversy surrounding …continue reading the rest of The Story Behind Dr. Heimlich and His Famous Maneuver

Does that Lifeguard Belong on the Pool Deck?

August 15th, 2012 Lifeguard File Audit

Imagine that your pool experiences the worst-case scenario… a drowning. In addition to grieving family members, distraught lifeguards, and a devastated community, you’re also be flooded with attention by lawyers and media outlets. In all of this chaos, how much energy do you think you’ll be able to dedicate to compiling the paperwork that may make or break the future of …continue reading the rest of Does that Lifeguard Belong on the Pool Deck?

Breath-Holding Exercise Nearly Costs Swimmer His Life

July 31st, 2012 swb

A teenage swimmer from one of the most prestigious swim clubs in the United States had to be pulled from the pool by two of his coaches last week. Luckily for the swimmer, his coach was scanning the bottom of the pool. Listen to him describe the breath-holding exercise he was performing before he …continue reading the rest of Breath-Holding Exercise Nearly Costs Swimmer His Life

Pool Safely’s First Splash!

May 25th, 2012

Thursday, May 24th was a big day for aquatics professionals, parents and kids everywhere. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign kicked off the third year of its pool and spa safety awareness initiative.

As a Pool Safely Campaign Safety Partner, West Bend joined organizations like the Y, Safe Kids USA, and the American Red Cross in this year’s goal of providing water safety outreach and education to …continue reading the rest of Pool Safely’s First Splash!