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June 9, 2015        Print version


DCDOH Announces June Drowning Prevention Seminars

The Dutchess County Department of Health is offering Drowning Prevention Seminars for Lifeguards and residents throughout the month of June at various locations and times. The purpose of these presentations is to increase attendees’ knowledge and awareness of what distressed swimmer looks like.

“People often think drowning victims make a lot of noise or commotion when in distress,” said Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD. “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.”

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.

“The demand for these trainings continues,” said Dr. Reiber.  “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.”

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* 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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* http://www.dutchessny.gov/concalendar/calendar.aspx?DeptID=224&ViewType=calendar

 

DUTCHESS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
JUNE 2015 DROWNING PREVENTION SEMINARS*

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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.
 

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM
HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER
110 South Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie, 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 Road), 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

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* Online calendar: http://www.dutchessny.gov/concalendar/calendar.aspx?DeptID=224&ViewType=calendar

 

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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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