The City of Nanaimo’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department has launched a Water Safety Education Team (WSET). From July to August, the team will educate residents in Nanaimo about water safety.

“We are very excited to launch The Water Safety Education Team who will be out and about in the community this summer at a variety of different waterfronts sharing water safety messages,” said Ashley Row, aquatics coordinator at the City of Nanaimo. “The team will also be available to host presentations for summer camp youth, daycare children, and other community groups.”

This type of water education is normally shared during registered swim lessons, at lifeguarded waterfronts, and in recreation facilities. Safety during this pandemic remains top of mind for the aquatic staff as they share information in hopes of keeping community members safe while they visit local parks and beaches.

The WSET is composed of redeployed aquatic staff who will be focusing on themes around drowning prevention, safety supervision, advanced lifesaving courses and boating safety. They will provide demonstrations and creative activities to engage participants.

The WSET can also be booked for presentations for summer camp youth, daycare children and other community groups by calling Ashley Rowe, aquatics coordinator, at 250-756-5243 or through email at ashley.rowe@nanaimo.ca.

Another water safety program happening this summer is occurring at Westwood Lake. Residents will be able to borrow a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while swimming in the lake and then return it after the swim. This PFD loan program is sponsored by the City of Nanaimo and Commercial Aquatic Supplies.

Header Image Credit: City of Nanaimo.

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