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DBCH Offers Free Drowning Prevention Seminars

Published: 5/21/2019

Poughkeepsie, NY … The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) is offering free Drowning Prevention Seminars for Lifeguards and the general public throughout the county.  For 29 years, the County has provided these seminars for lifeguards and residents to raise their awareness of what a swimmer in the process of drowning looks like.

“Drowning Prevention Seminars are available to anyone to learn how to quickly identify a swimmer in distress,” said DBCH Commissioner A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH.  “Early identification is a critical component of saving people from drowning – Most drowning events occur when a distressed swimmer cannot call out for help because they are struggling to breathe.”

These seminars are open to lifeguards and persons who have supervision responsibilities for swimming activities, as well as members of the general public who are interested in increasing their knowledge regarding this important public health concern.  All participants who successfully complete the program will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

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 DBCH regulations.

Seating for the seminars is limited.  Residents can reserve a seat by e-mailing HealthInfo@DutchessNY.gov or calling the Department, Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM, at (845) 486-3470.  Facilities interested in setting up a training session for lifeguards or members of a homeowners’ association may also contact the Department.

The Department kindly asks for any requests for information to be directed to the Department, not the seminar sites.

The schedule may also be found in the County’s website. Residents are encouraged to check back often, as additional dates may have been added or locations/times changed after publication.

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