Poughkeepsie, NY … The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) has released its 2018 Drowning Prevention Seminars for Lifeguards schedule. For 28 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.
“Anyone who has a swimming facility, or works at one, should attend these classes to learn life-saving skills to quickly identify when a swimmer is in distress,” said DBCH Commissioner A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH. “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.”
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.
“Each year, we learn of incidents where our seminar participants were able to identify a swimmer in distress and respond quickly to save a life,” said Dr. Vaidian.
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.
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.
DROWNING PREVENTION SEMINAR SCHEDULE – 2018
All seminars are free and open to the public. Registration is required.
RSVP to Terri at (845) 486-3480 at least 2 days prior to the event.
Please do not call the seminar site.
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM
BARD COLLEGE – STEVENSON ATHLETIC CENTER – RM 1
Campus Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM
5142 Route 22, Amenia, NY 12501
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 3:30 PM
ALL SPORT FISHKILL
17 Old Main Street, Fishkill, NY 12524
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM
TOWN OF UNION VALE - TYMOR PARK
8 Tymor Park Road, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM
212-214 Skidmore Road, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM
RED WING PARK @ EAST FISHKILL COMMUNITY CENTER
890 NY-82, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 2:30 PM
WILCOX MEMORIAL PARK
Route 199, Milan, NY 12581
Friday, June 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM
BEEKMAN RECREATION PARK
Recreation Road (Off Beekman Rd), Hopewell Jct, NY 12533
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM
CITY OF POUGHKEEPSIE/PULASKI POOL
162 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Monday, June 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM
TOWN OF PINE PLAINS COMMUNITY CENTER
(UPSTAIRS FROM TOWN LIBRARY)
7775 South Main Street, Pine Plains, NY 12567
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 9:30 AM
101 Anchorage Trail Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 3:00 PM
STANFORD TOWN HALL - GYM
26 Town Hall Road, Stanfordville, NY
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM
CAMP YOUNG JUDAEA SPROUT LAKE
6 Sprout Lake Camp Road, Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM
22 Camp Nooteming Road, Salt Point, NY 12578