I did my graduation Project on Water safety
As part of my Water safety project I did research on coral reef conservation. The thesis statement for my research paper was Although vast improvements have been made in U.S. Ocean policy in recent years, there is still much to be done. Coral Reefs are a precious natural resource and more laws with harsher punishments must be passed.
Those on the supporting side of this argument claim that coral reefs are vital to our economy by protecting the coastline and providing income thru tourism and the aquarium fish industry
Coral reefs do in fact protect our coastline by acting as a buffer to lessen the impact of waves on the coast. This is particularly important to our economy because most hotels and vacation homes are built on the coast.
The tourism industry is reliant on the health of coral reefs. There are 8.5 million certified scuba divers in the US who spend money on dive vacations every year
Those on the other side of this controversy argue that the problem is exaggerated, that coral bleaching is not new and that computer generated models aren't valid scientific evidence. What they mean by computer generated models is, scientists haven't been observing coral reef destruction for very long so we don't have data showing reef destruction over a period of time. So, scientists produce computer generated models that project their speculations of how coral reefs may destruct over time.
To further explain the argument that coral bleaching is not new. The organisms that build corals are called coral polyps when the become stressed they shed the algae that gives them their color and they turn white. While scientists are alarming the public of this issue it has been recorded for over 100 years.
Those arguing that the computer generated models aren't scientific evidence argue that we need more data. They also say that the scientists that are receiving the most media attention are the ones that are using computer generated models to alarm the public rather than actual proof from observing coral reefs.
Now, to connect that research to what I did during my hours. In my project I focused on water safety, one place where water safety is extremely important is the ocean where coral reefs are found.
During my hours I became a certified lifeguard thru the American red cross which included a cpr and aed certification class. I also helped teach three six week swim lesson courses.
Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury related death among children ages 1-4?
Researches have proven that swimming while a lifeguard is present and taking swim lessons will prevent this
My mentor for this project was Kaela Magee, she is the aquatics director at the asheville ymca she manages programs such as swim lessons, splash and safety certifications. She has been the aquatics director since 2008
As I stated early I became lifeguard certified which included CPR and AED certification as well, so I learned how to use various rescue equipment. I learned how to use a backboard which is used to safely move a victim with a spinal or neck injury. I learned how to use an AED which is an automated external defibrillator they are used in cardiac emergencies. I learned how to use a BMV which is a bag mouth vaulve and is used to administer rescue breaths during two person CPR. I used a rescue tube which is used in the pool for rescuing drowning victims. And I also learned how to use a sheppards hook which isn't used as often but can also help a distressed swimmer.
These are some photos of me using the rescue tube to practice reaching assists. Reaching assists are preformed when a victim is distressed due to a medical condition or fatigue but they aren't actually drowning yet
I learned how to do some simple rescues and here are some photos of that. My partner is pretending to be passive drowning victim who is unconscious. If you notice how I have to keep my hands on her shoulders to support her.
And as I stated early I learned how to care for spinal injuries. In this photo my partner is pretending to be a victim suffering from a neck injury. I have her in a head splint which is used to immobilize the head. This is important because if you move a victims neck more than half an inch in either direction you will paralyze them for life.
I became CPR certified and learned the basic ABCS of CPR. Airway, breathing and circulation. You check their airway is clear by tilting the head back, you listen to see if they are breathing and you check their circulation by checking their pulse either on their neck or on their upper arm if it is an infant. You look listen and feel by putting your ear down at their mouth and checking their pulse at the same time.
After I became a certified lifeguard I helped teach 3 different 6 week swim lesson courses. I taught parent/ child, pike-preschool, and guppy youth lessons.
The pike preschool lessons included children ages 3 to 6 years old. These students didn't know how to swim at all at the start of the course so we focused on helping them get comfortable in the water and learn to pull and kick to keep their bodies a float.
We also helped them jump into the water which was everyone favorite part of the class
The Guppy youth lessons were with kids ages 6-12 years old and they had some swimming ability so we focused on strengthening their basic swimming skills and endurance
We also helped them learn how to hold their breath and swim underwater and with their face in the water
Thank you so much for your time. I really enjoyed this project and the opportunities it brought me because I am now employed at the asheville ymca teaching swim lessons. so i am very grateful for this opportunity. And do you have any questions or comments?