Friday, June 24, 2022

Fwd: Stay Safe at the Beach This Summer

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Great Escape

Be SMART to be SAFE Around the Water

As Water Safety Professionals We Advocate That You Only Swim When A Life Guard is Present BUT If You Insist Upon Putting Yourself in Danger, Here Are Some Ways to Minimize Your Risk of Drowning and Injury.

  • Can't swim? Don't go out! Know your limits and stay within them.
  • Assume that your swim skills are less than you think in open water.   
  • Swim with a buddy; preferably one that is more swim skilled than you are.
  • Ask a person who is on shore to watch you and call 911 if you appear to need help. 
  • Water temperature, whether cold or hot, will tire you quickly. Use your treading and back floating skills to regain strength. Get out when you feel less than 100%
  • Stay AWAY from groins, rock jetties, and piers. They are not places of safety. Instead, they often cause a suction around them which can result in severe bodily injury.
  • Sandbars are not permanent structures. They collapse. Stay off them.
  • Stay out of ALL currents. Lateral currents lead to rip currents, both will sweep you away. 
  • When caught in current, Flip, Float, and Follow out (go with the current it does not pull you down). Don't fight it, you will exhaust yourself which leads to a high probability of drowning.
  • There is little visibility so walk in feet first to protect from head, brain, or spinal cord injury from diving into submerged rocks, sandbars, and debris.  
  • Beware of sudden drop offs.
  • Changes in weather can cause waters to become rougher. Even storms 1,500 miles away, affect the currents on our local beaches.
  • Be sure not to swim where any runoff or sewerage enters the water. You are likely to be infected by Ecoli and other bacteria.
  • Get out of the water immediately and seek shelter when you hear thunder or see lightning. Lightning travels through water and can kill you.
  • Seek medical attention if stung or bitten by marine life. 

As you can see there is A LOT to be concerned about when you swim in open water. Ninety-five percent of drowning and water-based accidents ARE preventable. Swimming where and when a lifeguard is present is one way to ensure you have a fun and safe experience.  

To learn more, please watch this video.

These tips are presented by Janet Fash, Seasonal Chief Life Guard and Shawn Slevin, E.D. Swim Strong Foundation, Inc.




Mark Rauterkus 
Webmaster, International Swim Coaches Association,
Executive Director of SKWIM USA, a 501(c)(3),
The Pittsburgh Project - swim coach and head lifeguard
Coach at The Ellis School for Swimming, T&F and Triathlon
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team & Renegades (Masters) & &

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Fwd: CoVICS Study Update

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Dear COVICS participants,


We are delighted to inform you that the final COVICS study, which you contributed to, has been published. We have attached it here and have also included some additional information about the study in the link below:


We are currently looking at the results of antibody and other testing after the booster vaccines and will keep you informed about our progress.

As always, we are immensely grateful for your participation. At this time, we do not have plans for any future blood draws, but we will contact you via email if this should change.



The COVICS team


Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Fwd: Can you send this to the masters water polo group?

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From: Jocelyn Vincent <>
Date: Tue, May 31, 2022 at 10:33 PM
Subject: Fwd: Can you send this to the masters water polo group?

I hope this message finds you well. I am reaching out 
with an opportunity for you regarding the Peter Wei Cai Scholarship. Peter was North Allegheny class of 2006 graduate and accomplished student and athlete. Peter went to Harvard on a full scholarship after finishing first in his class at NA. During the fall of his junior year, Peter died suddenly after a short run. Each year, a $1,000 scholarship is given to a senior North Allegheny High School swimmer or diver and a $500 contribution to a local charity is made in Peter's memory and the recipient's honor. If helpful, I am attaching a bit more detail about Peter Wei Cai's life.


This year, the Committee is holding a Wine Tasting event as our annual scholarship fundraiser. Jonathan Alsop, owner of The Boston Wine School, is leading the event on Thursday, June 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm at Altmyer Barn on Route 910 in Wexford. We are asking for event sponsorships starting at $250, which will directly support the success of the evening and the scholarship overall. A $250 sponsorship would include a ticket to the event (additional tickets can be purchase for $45 in advance here)your logo/name on event signage, and an introduction at the event as a key sponsor. The scholarship is a great cause and the fundraiser will be a great opportunity to get your business name out in the local community.

Please let us know if you would be interested in sponsoring and whether you have any questions I can help answerWe can accept sponsorship payment via check, venmo, cash, and more. If you are unable to sponsorwe hope that you can still attend and enjoy the tasting! Thank you!

-Steve Hilty