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May 15, 2013        Print version


DCDOH Releases 2013 Drowning Prevention Schedule

Poughkeepsie…  The Dutchess County Department of Health has released its schedule for the 2013 Drowning Prevention Seminars for Lifeguards.  This year, in addition to offering the seminars during the morning and afternoon hours, the Department has also scheduled two evening presentations.

These seminars are open to all lifeguards. Members of the general public interested in drowning prevention are also welcome to attend, particularly if they swim at a facility, such as a homeowner’s association pool, that is not required to have a lifeguard.  All participants who successfully complete the program will be awarded a certificate documenting their attendance.

For more than 20 years, the Department of Health has conducted Drowning Prevention Seminars for Lifeguards and residents. The purpose of these presentations is to raise attendees’ awareness of what a swimmer in the process of drowning looks like.

“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 drowning is quick and silent.   Proper training can help you know the signs and prevent a tragedy.”

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.

Seating for the seminars is limited. To make a reservation, please contact the Department of Health, Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, at (845) 486-2243 or you may send an e-mail to HealthInfo@DutchessNY.gov.  The Department of Health kindly asks that requests for information be directed only to the Department and not the seminar sites.

Any facility interested in setting up a training session for lifeguards or members of a homeowner’s association should contact the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404.

The schedule may be accessed through the County website at  www.DutchessNY.gov.  Additional seminars may be added to the schedule at a later date; please continue to check the website for updates.

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DUTCHESS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
DROWNING PREVENTION SEMINAR SCHEDULE – 2013

All seminars are free and open to the public.
Reservations required. RSVP to (845) 486-2243 at least 2 days prior to the event.
Please do not call the seminar site.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM
BARD COLLEGE
Campus Road, Annandale on Hudson, NY

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM
ALL SPORT FISHKILL
17 Old Main Street, Fishkill, NY   

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM 
TOWN OF UNION VALE – TYMOR PARK
8 Tymor Park Road, Lagrangeville, NY   

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM 
RED WING PARK
Old Farm Road (Off Rt. 82), Hopewell Junction, NY

Friday, June 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM 
BEEKMAN RECREATION PARK
Recreation Road (Off Beekman Rd), Hopewell Junction, NY

Monday, June 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM
LAKESIDE PARK 
2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling, NY

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM 
TOWN OF STANFORD RECREATION PARK
86 Creamery Road, Stanfordville, NY  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 1:00 PM
HACKETT HILL/HYDE PARK RECREATION
59 East Market Street, Hyde Park, NY

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM
CAMP RAMAPO
101 Anchorage Trail Road, Rhinebeck, NY

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM
FREEDOM PARK
212-214 Skidmore Road, Lagrangeville, NY

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM
CAMP YOUNG JUDAEA SPROUT LAKE
6 Sprout Lake Camp Road, Lagrangeville, NY

                                       
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Dutchess County Department of Health
85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 106, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tele: (845) 486-3404/ Fax: (845) 486-3545

 

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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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