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May 20, 2014        Print version


DCDOH Drowning Prevention Seminar Friday in Hopewell

Poughkeepsie … The Dutchess County Department of Health will be hosting a Drowning Prevention Seminar for Lifeguards and residents in Hopewell Junction on Friday, May 23rd at 2:30 PM at Red Wing Park located on Old Farm Road off Route 82.

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.

“With Memorial Day weekend just a few days away, this is a perfect time to learn how to recognize the signs of drowning or swimmer distress,” said Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD.  “In fact, people often think that drowning victims make a lot of noise or commotion when in distress.  Drowning occurs silently and quickly, with the swimmer unable to call for help due to their lungs filling with water.”

Dr. Reiber noted the presentation will offer 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.

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.

Additional seminars are scheduled and may be found online at www.DutchessNY.gov.  

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DUTCHESS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
ADDITIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION SEMINARS

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.

 

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM
LAKESIDE PARK – Lathrop Building
2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling, NY

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM
CAMP RAMAPO
101 Anchorage Trail Road, Rhinebeck, NY

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM
HACKETT HILL/HYDE PARK RECREATION
59 East Market Street, Hyde Park, NY

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
FREEDOM PARK
212-214 Skidmore Road, Lagrangeville, NY

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM
CAMP YOUNG JUDAEA SPROUT LAKE
6 Sprout Lake Camp Road, Lagrangeville, NY

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM
BEEKMAN RECREATION PARK
Recreation Road (Off Beekman Rd), Hopewell Junction, NY

Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM
FAITH ASSEMBLY OF GOD @ Casperkill Country Club
25 Golf Club Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY

Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
TOWN OF STANFORD RECREATION PARK
86 Creamery Road, Stanfordville, NY

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM
CAMP HILLCROFT
1562 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY

 

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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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