2012 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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July 9, 2012        Print version

DCDOH Announces Additional Drowning Prevention Seminar

To better serve the needs of our community, the Dutchess County Department of Health has added a Drowning Prevention Seminar for Lifeguards and residents at their Poughkeepsie Office. This free training course will be held on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10 am at 387 Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie.

This seminar is open to all lifeguards and members of the general public interested in drowning prevention are also welcome to attend, particularly if they swim at a facility that is not required to have a lifeguard, such as a homeowner association’s pool.

“A common mistake people make is thinking drowning victims make a lot of noise and wave their arms to signal for help as we often see in the movies,” said Michael C. Caldwell, Dutchess County Commissioner of Health.  “The reality is drownings are quick and silent resulting in a tragedy no family should have to endure.”

Caldwell noted untrained people and even lifeguards may not always recognize when a person is drowning.

“This presentation offers guidance for supervising swimmers, how to identify swimmers in distress, an informative video on drowning victim recognition and a time to discuss lifeguard duties and responsibilities as they relate to Department of Health regulations,” Caldwell added.

All participants who successfully complete the program will be awarded with a certificate of participation. Space is limited. Please call the Environmental Health Services Division at (845) 486-2243 to register.

Any facility interested in setting up a training session for lifeguards or members of a homeowners’ association should contact the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 or you may send an e-mail to HealthInfo@dutchessny.gov.




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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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