Pool Safety on the Go? There’s an App for That

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Owning a swimming pool in Orlando means having great risks associated with it. One of the first things you should learn when owning a swimming pool is CPR, and luckily, there are courses available in the Lake Nona area. I am a certified lifeguard, but if you don’t practice, you tend to forget the steps needed to perform CPR, and considering your actions could have life or death consequences, it’s a good idea to have tools to help you remember.

Today I found a new app in the iPhone App Store called PocketCPR [iTunes link]. I looked through the screenshots, and didn’t really know what to expect, but what I found was an amazing app that is now a permanent fixture on my iPhone.

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The app allows you to setup an emergency number that can be dialed with one touch, and also has instructions for performing CPR with or without breathing.

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Once you select CPR instructions, the app begins speaking to you so you don’t have to worry about reading the screen. It very accurately walks you through the steps to perform CPR, insuring you don’t miss anything. Once you’ve performed the initial steps, and need to start doing chest compressions, the app details how to hold the iPhone, then it jumps to a screen where it uses the accelerometer to assist you in compression depth and speed. It truly is an amazing app!

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If you own a pool, or visit a local swimming pool often, this app should be a no-brainer purchase. The app is $9.99, but can you really put a price on saving someone’s life? I created a short video showing the app in motion, but it came out blurry, and I misquoted the price, so forgive me for the mistakes. :)

If you have questions, write them in the comments section. If we run across any other pool apps we think you’ll enjoy, we’ll review those as well.

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