Category Archives Water Safety

Great White Shark

Duunnn dunnn...duuuunnnn duun...duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn dunnnn. Just listening to the Jaws theme song can make the hair stand on the back of your neck. If you didn’t have a fear of sharks before watching that movie, you likely do now. As much as we fear sharks, we’re just as mystified by…

We’re at the peak of summer, which means one thing for many of us: relaxing trips to the beach. But as carefree as a day or vacation at the beach might be, it’s still important to take extra safety precautions to ensure a fun time throughout your entire stay. Decrease your chances of summer risks that range from water-related injuries to…

Management for the seaside resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the popular destination for scuba divers, has advised visitors to stay out of the water following five shark attacks in the past week.  The attacks left one woman dead and four others seriously injured.  Egypt’s tourism ministry closed beaches after a 70-year old German woman was killed while snorkeling, and they…

Every year more than 4,000 Americans drown in lakes, rivers and oceans, including hundreds in international waters, online cialis primarily in resort areas such as Mexico and the Caribbean. Most of us have never encountered a drowning swimmer, and based on fictional portrayals we have a very inaccurate impression of how a drowning swimmer behaves. Instead of flailing about Are,…

Off the coast of Italy, distressed swimmers are getting more than just a human lifeguard-they are also getting a dog.  There are some 300 fully-trained “Lifedogs” helping to keep swimmers safe at popular Italian beaches during the summer months.  These specially trained canine lifeguards wear a harness and can tow swimmers needing assistance back to safety by providing them with…

Last August, we blogged about the increase in jellyfish encounters around the world – especially citing abundant reports from Spain and the surrounding Mediterranean region.  This issue has resurfaced (pun intended!) one year later as reports rolled in this week that the number of swimmers on Spain’s Costa Blanca reporting jellyfish stings has leaped from a typical five to nearly…

Now that Bill has passed (the storm, not health care reform), we should remind ourselves of the dangers of ocean swimming.  Just this weekend in Acadia National Park in Maine, onlookers watching the huge crashing waves were overwhelmed by them.  Three people were swept into the ocean, and, tragically, one of them died.  Many others were injured. The ocean is…

It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining, the temps are high and you are diving into a crisp, clean pool. And as the water washes over you, so do millions of dirty microorganisms.  Not so refreshing anymore, is it? Recently a good friend of mine was on vacation at a very nice resort in Florida. As she and her…

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