WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Police in northern Illinois were surprised when they were called on reports of an alligator swimming in Lake Michigan. They were even more surprised finding out the report was true. Sure enough, officials in Waukegan found a four-foot American alligator swimming in the lake, according to city officials. There was initial confusion about whether or not it was an alligator or caiman, but lab tests ultimately confirmed it was an alligator, a Waukegan spokesperson told WITI. READ MORE…
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (CBS12) — A lifeguard union boss is demanding Palm Beach County close the beaches for the public’s safety and the safety of the lifeguards who go to work every day. Beachgoers have the option to leave if red tide conditions are too bad for them. But lifeguards say for them the decision isn’t so easy. Rick Poulette is their voice. He’s president of Communication Workers of America, a labor union for lifeguards.“They feel like the county is not interested in their safety,” he said. READ MORE…
By Zachery Lashway – Reporter/anchor, Roxy Tyler – Web producer Posted: 3:44 PM, September 15, 2018 Updated: 3:45 PM, September 15, 2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Every day, there are 10 drownings in the U.S. It’s the No. 1 cause of death for children under the age of 5. Teaching children to swim holds special meaning for two-time Olympian Nim Shapira, who opened The Aqua Swim School in Jacksonville on Saturday. Shapira nearly drowned when he was 7 years old during a birthday party at his home in Tel Aviv, Israel. “We had a pool in the backyard, and someone accidentally pushed me and I nearly drowned to the bottom of the pool. The person who pushed me didn’t even notice,” Shapira said. It was an experience he said he will never forget. “I am 29 years old. I still have once a year, once every two years, I have a dream of just seeing bubbles of water. It was a bad very moment,” said Shapiro.Shapira moved to Jacksonville at age 15 and attended The Bolles School, living in the dorm for two and a half years. When he was a senior at Bolles, he competed in the 2008 Olympics and he competed again in the 2012 Olympics. He no longer competes in swimming. He teaches it instead as the founder and owner of the Aqua Swim School. Read more…
FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – After numerous delays, a civil trial is underway in Ft. Lauderdale pitting a beach visitor against the city. Jury selection got underway Monday for a trial in which a North Carolina school teacher, who was run over by a Ft. Lauderdale Ocean Rescue lifeguard, is seeking damages from the city. During a trip to the beach in April 2012, Rinda Mizelle, 49, was lying in the sand next to a lifeguard tower when a member of the beach patrol on an SUV ran over her. Police said that Sherry Samuel, the driver of the ocean rescue vehicle had just finished speaking to a lifeguard at the rescue stand when she got on her vehicle, made a right turn, and drove directly over Mizelle. She was pulled from underneath the passenger side of the vehicle and taken to Broward Health Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Police reported that she suffered lacerations on her arms and legs, but was treated and released a short time after. An attorney for Mizelle said she suffered orthopedic and neurological injuries, as well as significant burns on her arms. Read more...
New Model Aquatic Health Code Released MANAGEMENT/OPERATORS July 18, 2018 100 New Model Aquatic Health Code Released
The new edition puts in place several changes regarding water quality, lifeguarding, chemical safety, indoor air quality and other aspects of commercial aquatics facilities. By Rebecca Robledo
After two years of revision work, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the third edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code. In addition to fine-tuning of issues such as water quality, design and lifeguarding, the 2018 MAHC covers new territory, such as the design and operation of floatation tanks. The MAHC is a model code, meaning that it only takes effect in states and municipal jurisdictions that adopt it. So far, four states, one Canadian province and three government agencies have adopted the model code in part or full. Currently, 18 states and counties are in the process or considering adoption. Some lifeguard changes have been instituted. In areas that adopted the 2018 MAHC, aquatics venues that serve alcohol must have lifeguards on duty. Additionally, lifeguards must have personal protective equipment on their persons or rescue tubes. And the new code includes fine-tuning of glare assessment for lifeguard positioning. READ MORE…
You hired 120 lifeguards and 115 showed up for work.The no-shows aren’t answering your calls or responding to your emails. No explanation given. Just poof – they’re gone.You’ve been ghosted.That’s the word employers are using to describe what some say is a growing practice among jobseekers. They accept an offer only to mysteriously bail.The trend is playing out across lower-wage service industries, but it’s hitting aquatics particularly hard. Lifeguards are hard enough to find. Now they’re flaking out.“I think it’s been increasing a bit here and there,” said Nick Cuevas, aquatics coordinator at the City of Newark, Calif., which hires about 90 lifeguards each season and 50 operations staff.He can count on five to quit without any advance notice.“They disappear,” Cuevas said. “They truly ghost.” New recruits aren’t the only ones performing vanishing acts. Employers say returning staff members who’ve proven dependable in the past will suddenly jump ship without so much as a text message to their supervisors. READ MORE….
Tyler Daniskas had a gratifying summer job. The recent graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School was working all summer as a lifeguard in Belmar before heading off to college. He had a number of saves during the season. The strangest one came on his final day on the job. It wasn’t human.
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A baby shark had managed to beach itself. Several feel long, it writhed and struggled on the sand, attracting attention and a rather large crowd. Not one to practice, well, speciesism I suppose, Tyler grabbed his surfboard, threw the shark onto it and returned it to the ocean. Someone in the crowd recorded the final moments of the shark being freed. Look how calmly Tyler releases this shark and waits to see that it gets on its way okay. He doesn’t even seem to worry about it making a sudden turn and taking a gash out of the leg of the man who saved him. Excellent job! READ MORE…
Fresh off the heels of a $27 million renovation project to the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), signed a 30-year lease to remain in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.ISHOF erected its world-renowned museum and shrine to aquatic sports in Fort Lauderdale back in 1965. The lease with the city expired in 2015, putting the iconic entity in a state of limbo. For the past three years, ISHOF had been on a month-to-month lease. With the Aquatic Complex in disrepair, bleachers condemned and no long-term lease, ISHOF elected to move its operations to Santa Clara, CA..The decision to relocate to Santa Clara was based mostly on a belief that a new $250 million aquatic complex was going to be built in Santa Clara and ISHOF would be a primary occupant. The Santa Clara project stalled in 2017. In November of that year, Bruce Wigo stepped down as the CEO of ISHOF and the ISHOF Board of Directors hired Brent Rutemiller as its CEO. Rutemiller convinced Wigo to remain on as ISHOF’s historian. With a new team and board in place, ISHOF re-engaged with Lee Feldman, Fort Lauderdale City Manager to remain in Fort Lauderdale and find dollars to renovate the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. READ MORE….
BELMAR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New life-saving technology could be coming to a beach near you. Lifeguards on the Jersey Shore are testing the waters on the use of rescue drones, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported Thursday.
High above Belmar’s beach soars a new tool. The high-tech device is an additional option during an emergency, providing flotation and communication. “That could potentially buy lifeguards additional time, but it in no way removes the lifeguard from life-saving equation,” lifeguard Eric Kerecman said. Belmar partnered with Rutgers University to test and tweak how the drone-assisted rescue operation would work. “We found the drone can get out to a person about one minute faster than, say, if a lifeguard is having to battle a heavy surf,” said Hugh Roarty, the project manager at Rutgers’ Center for Ocean Observing Leadership. READ MORE…
Surfer Kieren McCarthy, right, and her team “Shred Some Gnar” prepare to compete as teams of one San Clemente lifeguard and three junior guards get together for a surf contest Sunday, Aug. 26, at the San Clemente pier. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)
Surfing is typically an individual sport — but a new contest in San Clemente brought a fun twist with a team format to the waves.The event, held on the north side of the pier on Sunday, Aug. 26, brought 32 lifeguards and junior lifeguards together to compete in teams of four. The older, more experienced guards, acted as team captains and pulled names out of a hat to determine their teammates. “We wanted something to integrate the lifeguards and junior lifeguards together,” said San Clemente Marine Safety Lt. Rod Mellott. “We thought ‘a surf contest kind of matches that.’”It seemed the concept was a popular one — all the slots were filled within 36 minutes of registration opening up, with a waiting list of 40 junior guards in just an hour.
As part of the Lifeguard team and now ever present on the beach in the port of Sagunto, Spain, the Auxdron Lifeguard Drone was ready and waiting as one of the Lifeguards sounded the alarm that there were people caught in an undertow and looked like they needed help. This event happened on Wednesday the 15th of August on a beach known to have strong undertows under certain conditions. The Lifeguard team are well aware of the danger and are trained for these specific situations. One of the most important parts of such a rescue is the response time to the victims. Adrian Plazas and Enrique Fernandez were two Lifeguards who knew this more than most. Together they started a company to design and build a Drone that was capable of saving lives. Three years later their vision was realised when the drone, they developed, saved the life of a woman caught in an undertow that could have cost her life. READ MORE…
WANTAGH -The female lifeguards at Jones Beach State Park say they’re proud of their legacy 50 years after the first woman got a job there. The first female lifeguard who qualified to work at Jones Beach arrived in 1968. Before that, lifeguarding was considered a man’s job. Tammy McLoughlin is the current second-in-command at Jones Beach. She says she started lifeguarding in her 20s. Now she’s 51 and has four children. And she’s part of an elite group of women who pass the rigorous Ocean Life Guard Test each year before serving at the Jones Beach Central Mall Lifeguard Stand. “For the women that paved the way for us, they had to endure things that made our jobs nowadays a lot easier,” McLoughlin says. “So I have a tremendous amount of respect for those women.”Carol Lynch, 61, began lifeguarding at Jones Beach with her daughter in 2002. Her two sons are also lifeguards. She says she’s thankful for the daring women of the 1960s who came before her.”We are very thankful to those women stepping up and taking the test and saying, ‘We can do this. We can do a man’s job,'” she says.
SOUTH GLENS FALLS — A toddler nearly drowned at Sandbar Beach last month, but was rescued just in time by a lifeguard. The incident happened July 21, just after 3 p.m. A boy, 20 months old, was playing in the water with his mother.Lifeguard Sabrina Quintois, 19, had suggested that the boy wear a life jacket or puddle jumper. But his mother said he could swim — an unlikely feat at his age. Sure enough, as Quintois scanned the water for any signs of distress, she saw him slip under and not come back up. She blew her whistle and dove in. On the other side of the beach, another lifeguard saw the same thing and also ran for the water. Before he could get there, Quintois had reached the boy and lifted him out of the water. His mother was standing nearby but hadn’t realized the danger. “The child was not coughing or breathing,” said Supervisor Todd Kusnierz, reading from the report Quintois wrote. She administered three back blows in an attempt to restore breathing, since his heart was still beating. READ MORE….
BY HOWARD COHEN firstname.lastname@example.org —- August 14, 2018 05:00 PM —-Updated August 15, 2018 11:18 AM —-How would you like arguably the biggest doghouse on the block — maybe in the whole country?How about bragging rights to having a most original tree house, backyard tiki bar or a work of art to adorn your pool?Cue a game show announcer’s voice as you read the following sentence: “These can be yours if the price is right!” What “these” are are seven old Miami Beach lifeguard towers that have run the course of their useful life on the sands of South Beach and North Beach. They’ve already been replaced. READ MORE….
Robert Ginoti (left) and P.J. Brewer, LA county lifeguards Photo by Chase Kelly
Two young off-duty Malibu area lifeguards are being hailed as heroes for helping to save a man’s life last week. Tim Harvey with Mugu Lifeguards—and who runs the Leo Carrillo Junior Life Guards program—told The Malibu Times a 76-year-old cyclist who suffered an apparent heart attack while biking along Pacific Coast Highway was fortunate to have the two young men and two other bystanders spot him in distress. P.J. Brewer and Robert Ginoti were off duty, but driving together July 25 to their lifeguard jobs with the California State Parks Department at Leo Carrillo Beach. The two young guards saw the cyclist fall over and quickly got to work performing CPR along with a bystander, Kim Rosenberg. Before the fire department EMTs arrived, the three were able to get the senior’s pulse back. Twenty-two-year-old P.J. Brewer, who started as a junior lifeguard and worked his way onto the force, said they just happened to come across the scene moments before arriving at the state beach. READ MORE….