Life in Florida for students can be fun and challenging as they work in the 180 days a year allocated for school curriculum and activities; one facet of life living in a peninsular state which requires some tutoring beyond the regular school day is water safety which while in Florida, should be available to everyone. Students in Pre-K through 5th grade at Savanna Ridge Elementary recently participated in a learning while having fun presentation on “Water Safety” by presenters Bill and Jamie Wagner who brought along their special assistant “Bobber, the Water Safety Dog" from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The group shared with the students the importance of water safety skills through cartoon videos, lecturing and interactive Q & A.
The visiting “Water Safety” group emphasized learning to swim, to always wear a life jacket while swimming and boating, to always swim with a Buddy, when and where it is safe to dive, how to help someone that is in danger of drowning without endangering yourself, and to only swim when there is adult supervision. Physical Education Instructors Coach Eshleman and Coach Grant indicated that they will follow through with students in their P.E. classes, emphasizing the important tips on water safety to ensure that students are safe in the swimming pools, waterways and beaches throughout the Sunshine State of Florida.
Water Safety is important to Floridians as not only citizens of the Sunshine State participate in activities on the waterways and beaches, but visitors from across the U.S.A. and around the globe enjoy the magnificent waters throughout Florida and its coastlines. It is legend that Ponce De Leon discovered the fountain of youth in Florida on the east coast around St. Augustine in St. John’s County (See list below of interesting facts about “Florida Waterways”, one of the many under explored wonders of the world).
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) April 2014