Posts tagged “water safety

Get ready for summer at Water Safety Day on May 19

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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Podcast: Bridget Russell, College Station’s Pool Shark

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

May is Water Safety Month, which obviously highlights the importance of knowing how to swim and how to watch family and friends when at the lake or at the pool.

In this podcast, College Station Pools Supervisor Bridget Russell talks about the challenges she and her staff face, how they’re not to be considered babysitters, and how you can stay safe this summer.

Total run time: 26:01

  • 00:00 — Show open
  • 01:52 — About Adamson Lagoon
  • 02:53 — About Bridget
  • 04:26 — A pool supervisor does…everything.
  • 05:53 — How tough is it to get teens to be lifeguards?
  • 07:30 — Why is Water Safety Month so important?
  • 08:49 — Bridget does lakes and pools WAY different than the rest of us.
  • 09:48 — How people enjoy water has changed: “Flat water” is out.
  • 11:05 — About CS’s two OTHER pools (Hallaran, Thomas)
  • 13:20 — Habits of parents are different now
  • 14:54 — We are NOT babysitters!
  • 16:33 — Teaching adults to swim, too.
  • 18:22 — CS Baby Boomers still love the water
  • 19:40 — Resources for keeping your family safe in and around the water
  • 20:50 — Weird things at the pool (Spoiler alert: POOP)
  • 22:52 — Final thoughts + upcoming events and essential tips.

 

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his ninth year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


 

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