Make Water Safety Education an Essential Right for All in NY!

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Make Water Safety Education an Essential Right for All!

The Rockaway Water Safety Coalition* asks you to please ask your elected officials to support upcoming bills S2207 and A728, which aim to make water safety education mandatory in New York State schools. 

Specifically it:

[r]equires water safety instruction in schools; provides that such age appropriate instruction shall include, but not be limited to, the proper use of flotation devices, awareness of water conditions, how to respond if caught in a rip current, the proper supervision of swim areas, safe behaviors in and around the water, the importance of pool barriers and fencing, the importance of formal swim lessons, the importance of avoiding alcohol and substance use with water recreation, the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation for drowning victims and the importance of the order of administering such aid.

There are various water safety education and resources available in New York State, but many young people don’t have access to them at all. This inequity of knowledge costs lives - according to the CDC, “one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries”.

Young people who have access to water safety education learn how to act safely in and around water, giving them confidence and opening up an array of opportunities like jobs, hobbies and social interactions. Providing water safety education in schools lowers barriers, such as socio-economic factors and differing historical backgrounds, to accessing these resources, helping to create a more inclusive recreational water community. 

Let’s save lives! Make water safety education an essential right for all. Tell your electeds to support upcoming bills S2207 and A728.


*The Rockaway Water Safety Coalition is organized by many concerned local groups, businesses and community members, including the Laru Beya Collective, Rockaway Beach Civic Association, Rockaway Women for Progress, Fair Harbor, CB 14, The Heart of Rockaway, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Swim Strong Foundation, First Strokes, Rising Tide, and Surfrider Foundation NYC.
 

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