Technological Advances to Drowning Prevention in an Era of Lifeguard Shortages

Presenter: Dr. Larry Newell

Tuesday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1 Hour | 1 PHTA CEU | 0.1 IACET CEU



Have you considered how technology could possibly improve both the safety and the operational efficiency of your aquatic facility while faced with staffing shortages? Are you confused by statements describing artificial intelligent "drowning prevention" systems? This session dispels myths, provides details on what technology is currently available, and describes its limitations. It also reviews the most technologically advanced system designed specifically for aquatic attractions, the ongoing research in the field, and addressing state regulatory statutes.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the state of artificial intelligence (AI) as it pertains to drowning recognition.
  • Explain the strengths and limitations of aquatic facility drowning protection surveillance systems.
  • Discuss the findings of the largest ongoing aquatic AI research project.
  • Become an educated consumer of aquatic AI products.
  • Address state regulatory statutes affecting the use of technological advances.
  • Identify how an AI system could contribute to the safety and operational efficiency of your facility.


Presenter Bio

Dr. Larry Newell is the Chief Operating Officer for Ellis Aquatic Innovations, LLC and Vice President and Medical Operations Director for Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc, International Aquatic Risk Management Consultants, and Jeff Ellis Management, LLC. In his roles, he leads the expansion of technological services to clients involving the use of a proprietary artificial intelligence video surveillance platform known as EAVS to reduce the likelihood of drownings. He also directs educational services, regulatory affairs for safety & health, and emergency response protocols for Ellis companies. Prior to his current positions, Dr. Newell served as Executive Vice President of Jones and Bartlett Learning; National Executive Director for the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI); Director of Program Development for the American Red Cross, NHQ; and Director of Undergraduate Physical Education at Baylor University. In his positions then and now, he has been responsible for the development and delivery of national education, certification, and licensure programs impacting millions of people annually. Dr. Newell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Master’s degree from Baylor University, and Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. He has also been licensed for over 25 years as a national registry paramedic and critical care transport paramedic. He has authored extensively; has been an invited presenter at many state, national, and international conferences; and has provided expert consultation and testimony in more than 200 incidents involving drowning and emergency medical services operations.

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