1st Edition

Principles and Practices of Aquatic Law

ISBN 9781138066526
Published March 20, 2018 by CRC Press
324 Pages 101 B/W Illustrations

USD $140.00

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Book Description

Principles and Practices of Aquatic Law presents the best practices and principles related to aquatic law and risk management. Its focus is injury and death occurring in aquatic environments including the ocean, pools, water parks, canals, rivers, lakes, dams, etc. It discusses the importance of aquatic risk management as it relates to aquatic accident prevention and the concept of duty and liability for a facility’s management and staff. It also presents updated and relevant information about beach safety and the importance of hazard identification, warning, and elimination, and provides information for attorneys relating to the process of developing liability theories involving serious aquatic accidents and death.


  • Presents a comprehensive resource on the applied practices and principles of aquatic law.

  • Provides information for attorneys for the process of developing liability theories involving serious aquatic accidents and death.

  • Presents updated and relevant information about beach safety and the importance of hazard identification, warning, and elimination.

  • Discusses water-borne contaminants such as cryptosporidium and flesh-eating bacteria.

  • Presents comprehensive public safety and beach management strategies: rip current prediction and monitoring, coastal engineering, drowning and rescue statistics, etc.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Aquatic Law- Drownings

John F. Fletemeyer

Chapter 2: Legal Concepts, Drowning, & Lifeguard Effectiveness

Michael Flynn

Chapter 3: Principles of Aquatic Risk Management from a Legal


John F. Fletemeyer

Chapter 4: Evidence Collection and the Daubert Standard

Lori St. John

Chapter 5: Swimming Pool and Spa Safety

John F. Fletemeyer and Ivonne Schmid

Chapter 6: Practices and Principles of Aquatic Law: Headfirst Recreational Aquatic Accidents

Tim O'Brien

Chapter 7: Ocean Beaches, Lakes, Quarries, Springs and Canals


Chapter 8: Commerical Whitwater Rafting

Julie Munger , Abigail Polsby and Haven Livingston

Chapter 9: Breaux v. City of Miami Beach. 899 So.2d 1059 (Fla. 2005,)

John F. Fletemeyer

Chapter 10: Past it's Prime: The 1920 Death on the High Seas Act

Michael D. Eriksen

Chapter 11: Justice for Deaths Caused by Free Living Amoebae in Recreational

Roger W. Strassburg, Jr., J.D

Chapter 12: The Psychological Evaluation

Diana P. Sullivan

Chapter 13: Drowning Forensics

John F. Fletemeyer

Chapter 14: Boating & SCUBA Accidents, Low Head Dams and Beach Renourishment

John F. Fletemeyer

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Dr. John R. Fletemeyer has a 30-year background in professional aquatics. He is currently a research professor at Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. He devotes most of his academic time to drowning research and to the development of drowning prevention education programs. Dr. Fletemeyer has served as a consultant for the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Border Patrol, the YMCA of the USA, the Boy Scouts of America, and San Diego Water Authority. He is the recipient of the Paragon Award, the Judge Martin Award, the 25 Year NAUI Service Award and the “Top 100 Aquatic Professionals in America” Award. He has served in several, elected leadership positions including the chairman and vice chairman of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Chairman of the National Aquatics Coalition, President of the SE Region of the U.S.L.A. and the National Education Chairman of the United States Lifesaving Association. He the author of numerous peer reviewed articles and two books including, “Drowning, New Perspectives in Intervention and Prevention. He has investigated over 1,000 drowning deaths and has appeared on 60 Minutes. In addition, Dr. Fletemeyer is the founder of the Aquatic Law and Safety Institute.

Professor Michael Flynn is a professor at Nova Southeastern University, and primarily teaches courses in personal injury law including torts, medical malpractice and product liability, consumer protection law, the Uniform Commercial Code and courses in lawyering skills including Civil Procedure, trial advocacy, pre-trial practice and client interviewing and counseling and negotiation. He is a graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law and the Chair of the Consumer Protection Board for Broward County and a member of the Broward County Justice Association, The American Justice Association, The Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice in both the state and federal courts in Washington State and Florida. Professor Flynn is a frequent presenter in seminars and conferences.