Below is a quick view of the resources we have for you.
- Safety Tips
- Videos & CDs
- Journals, Handouts & Forums
- Wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
- Most drowning victims would be alive today if they had worn one.
- Insist that all boat passengers wear Coast Guard approved PFD’s or flotation garments.
- Avoid mixing alcoholic beverages with aquatic activities like swimming, fishing and boating.
- If you are a boat owner, participate in a boating safety class.
- Learn how to enter the water properly, falling backwards while covering nose and mouth with hand.
- Practice a safety back float with all your clothes on.
- Enroll in a Red Cross, YMCA or community recreation program that teaches basic swimming skills.
- Practice using throwline bags, ring buoys and other flotation aids with your family.
- Become familiar with 4 behaviors associated with a drowning victim: head back, mouth open, flailing arms and no sound.
- Learn about Cold Water [YouTube video] vs. Hypothermia and its effects during an unexpected immersion [PDF].
- Practice survival strategies before your life depends upon them.
- Automobile passengers have better chance of survival with a seat belt on when car impacts the water.
- Seat belts limit trauma & keep passengers oriented during submersion. This allows them precious seconds needed to plan escape.
- Most alert, conscious victims can open car doors and windows under water or push out the windshield at a corner.
- Panic is your enemy. Relax and work with the water.
- Public Safety Diving by Walt Hendrick & Andrea Zaferes
- Swiftwater Rescue by Slim Ray
- Diving in High-Risk Environments by Steve M Barsky
- Encyclopedia of Underwater Investigations by Cpl Robert G. Teather C.V.
- Handbook on Drowning: Prevention, Rescue, Treatment by Bierens, et. al.
- Underwater Forensic Investigation by Ronald F. Becker
Videos & CDs
- D.A.R.T. YouTube Channel
- Cold Water Boot Camp
- D.A.R.T. – Protecting You on Sacramento’s Waterways, a News 10 Report
- Contaminated and Potable Water Diver Training Program
- Viking Dry Suits: Diving Techniques & Procedures
- Surviving a Submerging Car
- D.A.R.T. Facebook link
- Life Jacket Information – CA Dept of Boating & Waterways
- The River – The Earl Higgans / Nancy Riggs / James Ventrillo Story 30 years later with audio
- Drowning Support Network
- Ventura County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Dive Team
- Washoe County Sheriff’s Hasty Team
Training Academy for Public Safety Divers & Shore Support Personnel, Reno, NV
- International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists
- Lifeguard Systems Inc.
- California Boating Safety Officers Association
- Dive Rescue International
- Rip-Tide Organization
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training
- Incident Command System (ICS) OSHA Site
- Teams All Over
- CARDA Search Dogs
- Viking Dry Suits: User’s Manual
- Diving in Contaminated Water: Chemical & Biological Tests of Viking Dry Suits & Accessories
- Grog’s Animated Knots
- Infant Swimming Resource
Journals, Handouts & Forums
- D.A.R.T. Receives Sonar Grant [PDF]
International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists News, January-February 2010, pg 2-3
- Near Drowning
ABC of Resuscitation – Clinical Review by Mark Harries
5th Edition, December 2004, from BMJ 2003; 327:1336-8
- The Chronology of Decomposition by Weber County Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team [PDF]
- American River Access
Directions to some common entry locations
- Life Jackets Required for Children Under 13 [PDF]
Sacramento City and County Waterways Flier
- Staying Safe on Area Rivers
Information handout from County of Sacramento Regional Parks Department
- Drowning Support Network
The Drowning Support Network is a peer support group for people who have lost loved ones in drownings or other aquatic accidents, including when no physical remains have been recovered, or the recovery process has been lengthy and difficult.
- DROWNING SUPPORT NETWORK ADVOCACY GROUP (DSN Advocacy)
Creating change in the way drowning deaths and other deaths in the aquatic environment are managed, including rescue and recovery efforts.
- Near-Drowning Respiratory Care
June’92 Vol 37 No 6 pg 600
by Martin J. Nemiroff, MD
- Hybrid Vehicle Emergency Response Guides [PDF]
An accumulation of a variety of Emergency Response Guides for hybrid and alternate fuel vehicles
- Searchlines (Journal & Newsletter)