2015 News Releases

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April 23, 2015        Print version

DCDOH Releases 2015 Drowning Prevention Schedule

The Dutchess County Department of Health released its 2015 Drowning Prevention Seminars for Lifeguards schedule today.  This year, the Department will be offering seminars throughout the county at various morning, afternoon, and early evening hours.

“The demand for these trainings has increased,” said Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD.  “I am pleased that local lifeguards and many of our residents are taking the time to attend and walk away with lifesaving information on how to keep their own private and community pools safer for all to enjoy.”

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.

“People often think that drowning victims make a lot of noise or commotion when in distress,” said Commissioner Reiber. “Drowning occurs silently and quickly, with the swimmer unable to call for help due to their lungs filling with water.  While pools and lakes may not be open for the season yet, now is the perfect time to learn how to recognize the signs of drowning or swimmer distress.”

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) 486-3404 or you may send an e-mail to HealthInfo@DutchessNY.gov.  Facilities interested in setting up a training session for lifeguards or members of a homeowner’s association may also contact the Department.

The Department of Health kindly asks that requests for information be directed only to the Department and not the seminar sites.

The schedule may also be found in the Department of Health’s Online Calendar (List View) or visit DutchessNY.gov and select the calendar icon.  Please check back often as additional dates may have been added or locations/times changed after publication.

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All seminars are free and open to the public.
Reservations required.
RSVP to (845) 486-3404 at least 2 days prior to the event.
Please do not call the seminar site.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM
HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER - 110 South Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM
ALL SPORT FISHKILL - 17 Old Main Street, Fishkill, NY

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM
CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA - Student Recreation Center - 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM
POUGHKEEPSIE MIDDLE SCHOOL - 55 College Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 5:00 PM
BARD COLLEGE - Weis Cinema, Campus Center - Campus Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 3:00 PM
FREEDOM PARK - 212-214 Skidmore Road, Lagrangeville, NY

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 5:00 PM
RED WING PARK - Old Farm Road (Off Rt. 82), Hopewell Junction, NY

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM
BEACON HIGH SCHOOL - 10 Education Drive, Beacon, NY

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 3:15 PM
LAKESIDE PARK (Lathrop Building) - 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling, NY

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 11:15 AM
CAMP RAMAPO - 101 Anchorage Trail Road, Rhinebeck, NY

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 2:30 PM
HACKETT HILL/HYDE PARK RECREATION - 59 East Market Street, Hyde Park, NY

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:45 PM
CAMP YOUNG JUDAEA SPROUT LAKE - 6 Sprout Lake Camp Road, Verbank, NY

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM
BEEKMAN RECREATION PARK - Recreation Road (Off Beekman Rd), Hopewell Junction, NY

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM
TOWN OF UNION VALE - TYMOR PARK - 8 Tymor Park Road, Lagrangeville, NY

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM
FAITH ASSEMBLY OF GOD (Casperkill Country Club) - 25 Golf Club Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY






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