Water Safety Films, Inc.
Pia Consulting Services
LSA Productions, Inc.
Institute for Aquatic Injury
Research and Prevention
3 Boulder Brae Lane
The purpose of On Drowning was to study and record the movements of people actually drowning from the beginning of their plight, through their development and subsequent rescue .
The majority of this 17 minute film is comprised of slow motion closeup examination of actual , not staged, near-drownings and rescues. These cases include singles, doubles, triples, and a group of four.
The filming was done from a lifeguard tower at Orchard Beach located
on Long Island Sound in New York City. Orchard Beach is a non-surf bathing
area with little or no current. Nearly all of the near drownings and rescues
occur as nonswimmers step off
This study yielded valuable information which lifeguard services in Australia, Canada, Europe, the United States, and New Zealand have incorporated into their training programs.
On Drowning and Observations on the Drowning of Nonswimmers were the first publications to note and explain the difference between a distressed swimmer and a drowning person. This crucial point is now recognized as one of the most important elements of lifeguard surveillance.
On Drowning is the only training aid which teaches lifeguards how to
both understand and recognize the Instinctive Drowning Response.
The research based recognition and rescue concepts contained in this classic
teaching aid have now been incorporate
On Drowning pioneered the teaching of drowning person recognition concepts. This timeless documentary footage of people drowning and being rescued at Orchard beach, Bronx, NY, has saved countless lives.
What Have Others Said About On Drowning
" May I take this opportunity to express my sincerest congratulations
to you on your outstanding film On Drowning It is the finest
film of it s type that I have had the opportunity to observe...this film
affords training officers to learn in minutes what normally takes years
of experience to acquire.
" On Drowning ....is excellent and I am looking forward to screening
it for the members of the Foundation "
" Your film On Drowning and statements are some of the most profound
welcomed thoughts in a field which is charged with a vital duty...The Board
of Directors of the Canadian Association of Professional Lifeguards has
unanimously endorsed your work. "
" Your On Drowning film has been an invaluable training aid in
our instruction over the past few years "
" Your film.... On Drowning and editorials on identification
of the drowning victim have made a significant contribution to the water
safety programs throughout the world. "
" I have just had the opportunity to view and review your film, On
Drowning . It is a most impressive work and a pioneering effort.
The principles were well portrayed and I agree with all your basic concepts.
I showed the film to my medical students in preparation for our lectures
on near drowning. It makes an excellent introduction to this sequence
in our medical school "
Ordering "On Drowning"
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