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DBCH Drowning Prevention Seminars
Additional Sessions Added

Published: 5/26/2016

The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health continues to offer free Drowning Prevention Seminars for Lifeguards and residents to raise their awareness of what a swimmer in the process of drowning looks like.

“Our Drowning Prevention Seminars provide valuable information to help people quickly identify swimmer distress and respond,” said Commissioner Henry M. Kurban, MD, MBA, MPH, FACPM.  “Attendees will gain knowledge on what to look for when someone is drowning.   Drowning often occurs silently and may be misinterpreted as someone who is playing in the water.  A distressed swimmer often cannot call out for help, because the body is concentrating on trying to breathe.”

All participants who successfully complete the program will be awarded a certificate of attendance.  The full schedule is available through the County’s Online Calendar (List View). A printable pdf of the schedule is also available.  Upcoming seminars include:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM
HAGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 42 Hagan Dr, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM
SPRATT PARK,  121 Wilbur Boulevard, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM

FAITH ASSEMBLY OF GOD,  Casperkill Site, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM 
BEEKMAN RECREATION PARK,  Recreation Road, Hopewell Jct, NY 12533


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:30 AM
CAMP HILLCROFT,  1562 Route 55, LaGrange, NY 12540


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM
TOWN OF UNION VALE,  8 Tymor Park Road, Lagrangeville, NY 12540


Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9:15 AM
CAMP RAMAPO, 101 Anchorage Trail Road, Rhinebeck, NY  12572


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 Behavioral & Community Health regulations.

Seating for the seminars is limited.  Reservations are accepted up to two days prior by calling (845) 486-3404 or by e-mail to  Facilities interested in setting up a seminar may also contact the Department.  The Department kindly asks for any requests for information to be directed to the Department and not the seminar sites.