May 17, 2019 11:00 a.m.
The YMCA of Douglas County will have its annual Water Safety Day on Saturday at Stewart Park in Roseburg.
YMCA staff and volunteers will be on hand to encourage children and parents to explore what everyone can do to stay safe in the area’s rivers, streams, ponds and lakes.
250 life jackets will be distributed at no cost to area youth. These are the Coast-Guard approved type 3 PFD flotation aids. A number of organizations are making that program possible including the Cow Creek Tribe and the YMCA.
As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the YMCA is encouraging parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming, beginning with water safety. Safety tips to practice when in and around the water include:
*Never swim alone
*Adults should constantly and actively watch their children
*Inexperienced and non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
*Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach
*Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities
Those attending the Water Safety Day will also get information about boating safety, enjoy face painting, take part in rescue rope throwing practice, and get oriented to one of the 6 River Rescue Stations in the area.
Water Safety Day runs from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.