Water Safety & Ocean Awareness
The current focus of our Foundation is to provide Water Safety & Ocean Awareness Education to Middle School students on Hawaiʻi Island. The Program runs from April through May and works in tandem with the schools physical education and health and safety curriculum. It has been a success as a large number of children are able to participate in our Water Safety & Ocean Awareness Education through a school environment.
Water Safety Stations
Students participate in rotating interactive stations offering exercise, ocean swim, rescue techniques, ocean currents and conditions, as well as First Aid/ CPR procedures.
Station #1 – Physical Fitness
Stretch, Jumping Jacks, Run, Introduction to Junior Lifeguard
Station #2 – Ocean Awareness
Ocean Currents, riptides, waves, ocean floor drop off, rock and sea urchins
Station #3 – Water Rescue
Simulated water rescue with paddle boards and rescue flotation
Station #4 – First Aid | CPR
Basic wound aid, head injury, CPR Mannequin Training
Station #5 – Ocean Swimming
Certified life guard teaches basic swim techniques, free swim time
*All Interactive stations are conducted by Certified Lifeguards and a Teacher is always present.
What Students & Teachers Love About Our Program:
“What I liked most about Water Safety Education Program is that we learned to be safe. I liked the Fitness because we ran and stretched. I learned signals to signal the Lifeguard tower.”
“What I liked most was the ocean safety because we learned a lot about the ocean. I liked the fitness station because I learned how to pace myself. One thing I learned was to be safe in the ocean. To look for rip current.”
Nevaeh Davidage 12
“I liked the hands on activities and learning what to do at a beach. I liked the CPR station because it was hands on and it taught real life skills that can save lives.”
“I liked the swimming and learning CPR. I liked the First Aid Station because it was fun and educational. If someone’s not breathing or has no pulse you have to try wake them up and if they don’t wake up then call for help and start CPR.”
“I loved that my students could learn about what it takes to be a lifeguard, what signs to be aware of when in the ocean, the basics of swimming and floating in the ocean, how to handle a board in the ocean, what they should do if they come into contact with someone in distress, how they can help and the basics of First Aid/CPR.”
Shelby LooTeacher, Waimea Middle School