This webinar explores some commonly misunderstood aspects of drownings that occur at facilities with lifeguards on duty.
When a drowning occurs at a guarded pool, the immediate reaction is often to point blame at the lifeguards, but recent science demonstrates that this is not always appropriate. The leader of our Aquatics practice, Maria Bella, has investigated hundreds of drowning incidents across the country, from private pools to hotels, resorts, schools, and institutions large and small. Here she explains the scientific factors that may prevent an attentive guard from seeing or recognizing a swimmer in distress. She also describes the preventive steps that facilities can take to eliminate dangerous lifeguard blind spots.
Psychologist Dr. Staci Weiner closes the presentation with a discussion on the psychological impact of drownings. Her discussion includes the short and long term effects for those closest to the victim, as well as the potential implications for the lifeguards on duty.
Drownings with Lifeguards On Duty: the Unrecognized Victims - Expert Webinar [VIDEO]
This video was recorded from the webinar on June 10, 2021.
Maria Bella, AFOIT, CPOI
Aquatics & Drowning Expert
Maria Bella is an expert in sports and recreation and specializes in aquatic safety. She is one of only six Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor Trainers in the world and has been active in the aquatics industry for more than 40 years. Bella has a degree in Aquatic Engineering, has operated numerous swimming pool complexes, and actively participates in the ongoing development of industry standards and codes.
Staci B. Weiner, Psy.D.
Dr. Staci Weiner is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist with nearly 20 years of experience. Dr. Weiner applies her expertise to forensic casework involving claims and personal injury litigation related to the diagnosis, identification, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.