Water Ski Boat Safety

Over the past two summers, a number of very serious injuries have been reported to Markel Insurance Company involving ski boats. Several of these involved incidents where no spotter was used and/or the boat drivers were not certified. The more serious injuries usually involved bodily impact with the prop, indicating that the boat drivers either have poor visibility and/or a lack of awareness of the changing positions of people in the water. One incident involved a banana boat being toed with the use of improper towing equipment which failed resulting in a severe facial injury.

AEDs in Camps

Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable units used to electrically stimulate the heart during cardiac arrest. In the camp environment, cardiac arrest usually involves older staff, older guests attending during parent visitation days, or spring or fall rental groups. Although cardiac arrest can happen without an outside event or prior health problems, there is usually a contributing cause.

Managing Your Aquatic Program

Managing aquatics can be one of the most challenging jobs at camp. Creating and maintaining a fun environment is only part of the challenge. The real challenge is how to provide that fun safely. While campers and most staff consider water a friendly and exciting place, we should never forget that water can be a "hostile environment."

ACA Standards . . . the FIRST STEP in Creating a Safer Aquatic Environment


CPR Curriculum Changes in 2006

The 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care include significant changes. The most significant change to CPR is the ratio of chest compressions to rescue breaths — from fifteen compressions for every two rescue breaths in the 2000 guidelines to thirty compressions for every two breaths in the 2005 guidelines. This thirty to two ratio for a single lay rescuer will apply to adults, children, and infants (excluding newborns).

Camp Crisis Management: Responding to New Challenges

Over the past few years, the scope of crisis response plans for many camp programs has expanded as camps share specific crisis experiences and network with other industries, such as schools and law enforcement agencies, to find solutions. In the past, crisis response plans at camps focused on child abuse; drownings or other activity-related deaths; vehicle wrecks; and environmental disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or fires.