July 24th, 1883

This is a maelstrom. Indeed the very definition of such, as it’s the whirlpool at the base of Niagara Falls. It’s where Captain Matthew Webb tragically died on this day, July 24th, 1883. It was taken by a photographer zxo  and it grabbed my attention immediately I saw it and they gave me permission to…

An Analysis Of Open Water Drownings

Any experienced open water swimmer will be, or at least should be familiar with evaluating personal risk on an ongoing basis. (I have written many posts about the Do’s and Don’t’s of open water). One thing we don’t talk about is drowning, because we put ourselves in the category of people unlikely to join the…

Drowning Doesn’t look like Drowning.

An interesting article in a US coast guard magazine caught my eye, about what a drowning person looks like. Bits excerpted below. “Doesn’t everyone who works on (or above) the water as rescue professionals know what drowning looks like? Most people assume that a drowning person will splash, yell, and wave for help; and why…