By Bridget Russell, Aquatics Supervisor
May’s longer, warmer days are perfect for cooling off in the pool, but as National Water Safety Month, May is also the ideal time to review the precautions you should take in and around the water.
The City of College Station is offering a free Water Safety Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at Adamson Lagoon. Family-friendly activities will emphasize water safety and the causes and prevention of drowning. We’ll also provide brief swim lessons, lifeguarding demonstrations, and CPR training. Participants will be admitted free to the pool after the program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. Here are four simple ways to be safer in the water:
1. Learn to swim
Formal lessons significantly reduce drowning risks among young children. We offer swim lessons to all ages throughout June and July.
2. Supervise kids
Designate a responsible adult to watch young children playing in or around water.
3. Learn CPR
CPR performed by bystanders saves lives and improves outcomes in drowning situations.
4. Wear life jackets
Half of all boating deaths can be prevented if passengers use life jackets.
The City of College Station’s Aquatics Department is devoted to teaching people to swim correctly, safely, and confidently. For more information visit cstx.gov/swim or call 979-764-3540.
About the Blogger
Bridget Russell has been with the City of College Station since 2012 and has served as aquatics supervisor since 2017. She was a lifeguard at Texas A&M for almost three years after serving as an administrative clerk for the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005-11. Bridget earned bachelor’s (2011) and master’s (2012) degrees in sport management from Texas A&M.
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