POOLaide Webinar: Drownings in Pools with Lifeguards - Why Submerged Victims Go Unnoticed

POOLaide Webinar: Drownings in Pools with Lifeguards - Why Submerged Victims Go Unnoticed

Originally aired May 11, 2020 
Presentation by Maria Bella, Aqua Conscience

Because not all drownings are reported by the media, results underestimate the true number of fatalities in pools with lifeguards on duty. Non-lifeguards (e.g. other swimmers or bystanders) initially identified fatal drowning victims twice as often as lifeguards did. For every fatal drowning, there are at least four additional non-fatal drowning incidents.

Powerpoint Slides

Maria Bella
Maria Bella has been actively involved in the aquatics industry for more than 40 years. She has operated numerous facilities and served as a subject matter expert for the Model Aquatic Health Code and International Swimming Pool & Spa Code. Bella provides consulting services to directors of college/university, municipal, school district and waterparks in standard of care for plant operations as well as proper positioning of lifeguards.

Show Notes

00:00 Early start with Katie Crysdale, Lakeview Aquatic Consultants Ltd. 

26:36 Welcome & Introductions

28:40 Presentation 

1:15:10 Q & A

1:33:50 Wrap Up

Links/Sources Discussed  

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants Newsletter Signup

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants Newsletter Archives 

All previous POOLaide Webinar recordings (YouTube)

POOLaide Webinar Main Page

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants (Facebook)

Lakeview Aquatic Consultants (Instagram)

World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC)

Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA)

Aqua Conscience (website)


POOLaide May 22 Padlet

ANGEL Device

Canadian Red Cross Aquatic Safety Plan

Nova Scotia Aquatic Facility Safety Plan Template 

Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)

Health Protection Basic Pool Safety Plan

YMCA Aquatic Safety Plan Template

A Series of Events - Inservice (YouTube)

Lifeguard Authority Facebook Group 



Center for Disease Control (CDC) Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19


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