Recently, as I deliver Lifeguard information and training sessions, the more I find I am talking about Hypoxic Blackout (commonly referred to as Shallow Water Blackout) in much greater detail. I spend a lot of time explaining to Lifeguards what drowning actually looks like, some of the distinctive signs and of course the completley indistinct!
I spend some time explaining to Lifeguards the physiology behind blackouts as it seems to me that many know the term ok, know it's bad and know it can kill, but maybe not why!
Educating the public about the dangers of Hypoxic Blackout can be aided greatly by well informed and knowledgable lifeguards. I came across this article by Kirsty Kinzer and thought it was brilliant, needed to be shared and used to reinforce the dangers of hypoxic blackout.
To be honest, the scariest people I talk to about the subject are those whose children are competition swimmers or certain swimming coaches - I cannot get over how blase some are - I hope they read this!