Water Safety Films, Inc.
Pia Consulting Services
LSA Productions, Inc.
Institute for Aquatic Injury
Research and Prevention
3 Boulder Brae Lane
Originator of the Distress vs. Drowning person classification.
Conducted the original research on the Instinctive Drowning Response.
Copyright author of the characteristics of an actively struggling drowning person.
Instituted the first lifeguard and water safety training program for
teaching drowning person recognition concepts in Australia, Canada, Europe,
and the United States.
28 years experience lecturing to federal, state, county, and local agencies on the causes and solutions to swimming, nonswimming, and boating related drowning fatalities.
21 years experience as a lifeguard and Chief lifeguard at Orchard Beach, Bronx, NY, where approximately 2,000 near drownings and rescues occurred each summer.
"Observations on the Drowning of Nonswimmers"
Proposing a New Safety Collaboration"
Reflections On Element #1 of Effective Surveillance:
Reflections on Lifeguard Surveillance Programs
1981 - 1983
Completed Research Projects
Originated the Distress vs Drowning person classification which is used by nearly all the major lifeguard training agencies in the Australia, Canada, Europe, United States, and New Zealand
Established drowning person recognition training as an
Conceived the swimming rescue referenced in Alert II as the Pia Carry
- Royal Lifesaving Society of Canada - and formerly taught
as the modified cross chest carry by the American Red Cross.
Developed the RID Factor for analyzing the causes of swimming
Developed a childrens summer camp drowning protection system
Received American, and European patents for a rescue paddle
Articulated the difference between behavior and trait surveillance.
Referenced the psycho-physiological contraindications for
Audio-Visual Training Aids
Produced and directed the following training films:
On Drowning, 1970, a 13-minute lifeguard film which contains actual, not staged, film footage of 12 near drownings and rescues which range from single victims through a group of four.
Drowning: Facts & Myths, 1976, a 10 minute film
Both titles examine the causes and solutions of swimming, nonswimming, and boating-related drowning fatalities
May 1969 - Sept. 1979
May 1964 - Sept. 1968
June, 1959 - Sept. 1963
January 1977 Advanced Certificate
June 1973 Master of Arts
School Psychologist New York State Department of Education
All demonstrative exhibits are rendered by Frank Pia, the only nationally recognized aquatic expert with 30 years of experience as a director, producer, and writer of drowning prevention films and videotapes.
Services range from establishing factual credible predicates