The Waterline

Water can be the source of much fun, but also much devastation. This column covers how to be safe in, on and around water, as well as the treatment of injuries associated with respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion.

Column Editor: Justin Sempsrott, MD, FAAEM


Swimming to Survive: Toddler Edition

Toti Fernandez, IPR-A Paramedic, NAEMT Instructor
May 1, 2024

The latest Waterline article covers safe practices for the youngest swimmers

World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2023

Justin Sempsrott, MD, FAAEMWilliam Koon, PhD
February 5, 2024

Key takeaways from the event

Anatomy of a Freediving Competition

Lainey Yu, DO, MS, FAWM, DiDMM
September 25, 2023

My medical team experience

Drowning and Climate Change

Justin Sempsrott, MD, FAAEMMike Tipton, MBE, PhD, MSc, FTPS
January 6, 2023

A look at how climate change results in changing drivers for recreational, occupational, and daily interaction with bodies of water

Diving Into Resilience (Part II)

Earle Swope
March 4, 2021

A journey through post-drowning PTSD

Diving Into Resilience

Earle Swope
December 15, 2020

An ice diving exercise takes a turn for the worst

Water Safety Action Plan

Justin Sempsrott, MD, FAAEM
August 30, 2020

What is it and why does the U.S. need one?

What a Long, Strange Quarantine It's Been

Justin Sempsrott, MD, FAAEM
June 6, 2020

Returning to the water during COVID-19

Drowning: Cuba

Leslie DonavanJill White
March 23, 2017

We were uninformed and had more misconceptions than we realized about Cuba...

Drowning: The Pope Visits Brazil

Dr. David Szpilman – BrazilJustin Sempsrott, MD, FAAEM
December 5, 2016

At the peak of Brazilian summer, the Pope visited Rio De Janeiro...

Boats on the Horizon: Part 2

Matt Chamberlain
July 5, 2016

"Just keep going, someone will rescue you..."

Drowning: Boats on the Horizon

Matt Chamberlain
April 15, 2016

"Just keep going, someone will rescue you..."

Drowning: 2015 in Review

Justin Sempsrott, MD
January 6, 2016

It has certainly been an exciting past few weeks in the drowning community...

Drowning: Staying Safe During Drowning Season

Justin Sempsrott, MD
November 6, 2015

Regardless of where you go, water safety should always be consideration...

Drowning: Submerged Vehicles

Seth Collings Hawkins, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, MFAWM
February 26, 2015

The proper approach to take when an occupied vehicle is submerging is controversial. Hopefully this article will separate myth from evidence...

Drowning: Dry and Secondary

Justin Sempsrott, MD
September 9, 2014

We must all speak the same language...

Drowning: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Laura Fennimore
October 14, 2013

The Charity that Saves Lives at Sea

A Brief History of Drowning

Justin Sempsrott, MD
August 20, 2013

Wet and Wild: Drowning & water injuries