By Pamela Doty Special to GUIDON According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and a leading contributor in boating accidents. I know from my experience in tracking water-related fatalities nationwide that alcohol is also involved in many swimming deaths. What you may not know are some of the specific reasons … [Read more...] about Alcohol and water don’t mix
“Know your swimming ability, and if you know that you can’t swim, either wear a life jacket or invest in swim lessons. It’s an important life skill that everybody should have. It really starts there. Everybody wants to have fun, but it needs to be safe.” “Wear sunscreen. Put it on every time after you swim, or if you’re just swimming a lot. It’s been cloudy this summer and kind of rainy, … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your best summer swimming safety tip?
By Megan Conn Special to GUIDON I was finishing a long day of lake patrol when I heard a voice over the radio say, “There has been a report of a potential drowning.” Immediately, my body went numb. All I could think was, “Please don’t let it be true.” At the time, I’d spent four years as a park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and, unfortunately, seen the same scenario … [Read more...] about Reach, throw, row and don’t go
By Regan Mertz GUIDON volunteer Fort Leonard Wood’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers three swimming pools, two outdoor and one indoor, to all families, military and non-military. — Davidson Fitness Center houses the 25-meter indoor pool, a slide and two diving boards. Recreational swimming is available Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday … [Read more...] about Installation pools help swimmers beat the heat