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Water Safety Library by Coach George Young

WELCOME to the San Gabriel Sea Gulls (SGSG) water safety page!



The page is developed to promote, enhance and educate any interested individuals wanting to know more about water safety awareness. Feel free to check out any articles in the archives below, as well as the most current one.

Head Coach of SGSG, George Young has been promoting water safety awareness for decades and has blended competitive swimming and water safety to enrich all that aquatics have to offer.

This section is dedicated to the following individuals stated below in honor of the each of their willingness to make aquatics around them a little bit better: Don Lamont, John McClain, Coach Schron, Joe Golden, Dr. Tom Griffiths, WSGVY finest Elaine and Phillis, City of San Gabriel Legends George Kotchnik and Robert Harris, and the National Prevention of Drowning Association.

All articles stored in this section are the personal views of Coach George Young and do not necessary reflect the views of the USA Swimming Age Group Swim Team, San Gabriel Sea Gulls. Any reproduction or use of the articles disclosed must have approval of the host and Coach George Young.


Recap of

A Busy Aquatics Summer Season

submitted by George Young  09/23/2017

The USA Swimming Foundation has become the catalyst on compiling information and reporting data  to the general public concerning drowning data. The summer season is classified from Memorial day weekend to Labor Day weekend.   Last season of 2016 there were over 200 drowning reported. This season-2017 there were 163.  A nice drop for one year BUT still 163 too many! 70 % of the children that drowned were five years or younger. The State of Florida led the list with 25 deaths and TX and CA tied for second with 14 deaths total. The aquatics world is moving forward and number of drowning are dropping!

On another note: In Stamford Conn a lifeguard has been charged with reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. The 23 year old lifeguard has pleaded not guilty. To my knowledge this is the first time a lifeguard has been charged with a felony for either making a mistake or failure to perform his or her assignment as a lifeguard. This is a BIG deal in the aquatics world and many agencies, public pools and private pools owners will be watching this case closely.

A young five year old boy was underwater for about 4 minutes as disclosed by the surveillance video. The 4 minutes time that went by without the lifeguard noticing the drowning victim is way longer than the American Red Cross teaches in the new American Red Cross Lifeguarding class. 30 seconds is the longest time it should to take for a lifeguard to recognize and respond to a drowning victim according to the American Red Cross.

What  makes this so interesting is a finger has been pointed at an individual and not the agency he works under nor the supervisor that supervises him nor the board of directors that are the owners of the pool. This could be BIG and the Aquatic Magazine labels it as a Game Changer.

The link to the article is  You may cut and paste the link if you wish to read the article by Nate Trayor.   

Many heavy weights of the aquatic field have shared their insights on this case : Dr Tom Griffiths, Jeffrey Ellis and John Fletemeyer. WOW and yes a possible Game Changer!  


2017 Article Archives

- 2017.05.31 Ground Breaking Thoughts about Water Safety

- 2017.05.27 Water Safety Awareness with a twist of general summer safeguards


2016 Article Archives

- 2016.10.04 Several Water Safety Notes

- 2016.08.22 Review of ARC Jan 2016 'Proceeding'

- 2016.03.26 Part 2 of what is with the NEW ARC safety Classes

- 2016.03.09 Part 1 of what is with the NEW ARC safety Classes


2015 Article Archives

- 2015.03.05 Rescue Tube Project

- 2015.01.15 Keeping it Fresh : Skill Retention


2014 Article Archives

- 2014.09.18 End of Summer Snapshot

- 2014.05.31 Peeing in the Pool

- 2014.05.19 NCHS Report on Unintentional Drowning Deaths

- 2014.02.13 Safety First is theme of this announcement

- 2014.02.06 This Could Be BIG! - Texas case


2013 Article Archives

- 2013.05.28 CPSC drowning report 2013

- 2013.04.29  A Fast Pool is usually a very proficiency pool

- 2013.04.16  Offering ARC Lifeguarding Class

- 2013.01.23  Water Safety Tips #4 Pre Spring


2012 Article Archives

- 2012.09.04  Offering ARC Lifeguarding Class

- 2012.05.24  Facts about Water Safety Awareness

- 2012.05.17  Back to Back to Back WS

- 2012.04.12  Lifeguarding at Swim Meets

- 2012.03.17  Shallow Water Drowning

- 2012.03.06  Review of New ARC Class

- 2012.02.05  News Concerning New ARC Lifeguarding Class

- 2012.01.18  Layers of Protection - Backyard Pool, Smith Park Pool


2011 Article Archives

- 2011.12.26  ARC Class Updates

- 2011.12.10  ARC New Lifeguarding Class Preview

- 2011.09.21  Water Safety Highlights of Summer 2011

- 2011.06.28  Lifejackets! (2)  Will lifejackets save lives?

- 2011.05.17  Lifejackets! (1)  Will lifejackets save lives?

- 2011.04.06  Safety First! - South Carolina & Texas strong approach to Water Safety

- 2011.04.02  Ten Eye Opening Facts concerning Water Safety Awareness

- 2011.03.02  Management Tips


George Young is a well-rounded aquatic enthusiast specializing in all aspects of water.  George has been a professional swim coach specializing in developing age group swimmers for more than 32 years.  George swam competitively for 10 years and reached the national level of the sport.  George is also very active in the management side of aquatics.  He has more than 19 years of experience as an aquatic director/pool manager and is a current Certified Pool Operator.  George’s involvement in promoting water safety awareness won him the USA Swimming Safety Commendation Award in 2001.  He is a current American Red Cross Lifeguard instructor and Water Safety Instructor IT and has trained over 300 lifeguards & swim instructors.  George resides in San Gabriel California and is a proud father of two sons, Sean and Evan and is happily married to wife Yuki.