On Tuesday, March 15th, 2011, a family and Maine community were devastated by the death of a member at a local YMCA pool. Curtis’ death is made more painful knowing that it could have been prevented. Please take a moment to watch this video and learn how you can prevent a similar tragedy. Feel free to share this video and below resources with your staff.
Curtis’ death reminds us that we all have a part to play in preventing this type of tragedy. Our guidance is do not allow any type of breath-holding training. This means no prolonged or competitive breath-holding or intentional hyperventilation.
You can prevent a tragedy:
- Be aware. Prolonged breath-holding can cause unconsciousness and happen to anyone at any time, regardless of swim or athletic ability. This can be fatal when under water.
- Be vigilant. Watch for people deliberately hyperventilating or engaged in prolonged or competitive breath-holding and stop them.
- Be proactive. Remember, when in doubt, check it out. Learn more by reading the resources below and share them with your peers.