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Drowning Prevention

Drowning Prevention Schedule

Drowning is not as easily identifiable as it is often portrayed in television or the movies.  Drowning most often occurs silently when a distressed swimmer cannot call out for help because they are struggling to breathe.

The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) has provided Drowning Prevention Seminars since 1990 to help lifeguards and residents learn what a swimmer in the process of drowning looks like.

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) 486-3480.  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.

DROWNING PREVENTION SEMINAR SCHEDULE – 2019

All seminars are free and open to the public. Registration is required.
RSVP to Donna at 845-486-3470 at least 2 days prior to the event.
Please do not call the seminar site.

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM
    MIKE ARTEAGA’S HEALTH & FITNESS CENTER
    234 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
     
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 3:30 PM
    ALL SPORT FISHKILL
    17 Old Main Street, Fishkill, 12524
     
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    ANDERSON CENTER FOR AUTISM @ AUDITORIUM
    4885 Route 9, Staatsburg, NY 12580
     
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM
    TOWN OF PAWLING @ LAKESIDE PARK
    2 Lakeside Park Drive, Pawling, NY 12564
     
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM
    TOWN OF UNIONVALE @ TYMOR PARK
    8 Tymor Road, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
     
  • Friday, May 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM
    TOWN OF LAGRANGE @ FREEDOM PARK
    212 Skidmore Road, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
     
  • Friday, May 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM
    RED WING PARK @ EAST FISHKILL COMMUNITY CENTER
    890 NY-82, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
     
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM
    NORTHEAST-MILLERTON LIBRARY ANNEX
    75 Main Street, Millerton, NY 12546
     
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    CAMP RAMAPO
    22 Camp Ramapo Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
     
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM
    BEEKMAN RECREATION PARK
    Recreation Road (off Beekman Rd), Hopewell Jct, NY 12533
     
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 1:30 PM
    CAMP YOUNG JUDAEA SPROUT LAKE
    6 Sprout Lake Camp Road, Verbank, NY 12585
     
  • Monday, June 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM
    UPWARD BOUND @ MARIST COLLEGE
    LOWELL THOMAS SCREENING ROOM
    3399 North Rd, Poughkeepsie NY 12601
     
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM
    CAMP HILLCROFT
    1562 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540