2008-08-22 / School News

Public School 43 Students Participate In Pilot Program

Students watch DOE water safety video on CUNY on Wheels. Students watch DOE water safety video on CUNY on Wheels. Students from PS 43 participated in a pilot program, hosted by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA), to bring water safety to the Rockaways. CUNY on Wheels provided a bus equipped with a large video screen which showed the Department of Education's water safety video. Educator and Chief Lifeguard in Rockaway, Janet Fash, spoke with the middle school students about the dangers of currents off the Rockaway shores and reviewed basic water safety information.

Jeanne DuPont, RWA Director, reached out to Nakita Vanstory, CUNY on Wheels Director, to collaborate with the school for the workshop. Students spent the first 20 minutes of the workshop watching the water safety video. Afterward they took to the beach to learn to identify rip currents, discussed the importance of attending beaches with lifeguards and the dangers of swimming alone.

"Most of the public is not aware of rip currents or what to do if they see someone drowning. As a result, many people drown each year by trying to rescue someone in danger, instead of calling for assistance. Basic water safety instruction would save lives and be invaluable to not only the general population but also for city workers who work off our shores," said DuPont.

Students got a first hand look as Janet Fash identifies rip current from the boardwalk. Students got a first hand look as Janet Fash identifies rip current from the boardwalk. Students learn basic rescue techniques and equipment used by lifeguards. Students learn basic rescue techniques and equipment used by lifeguards. This PS 43 teacher never expected to get graded on his swim stroke. This PS 43 teacher never expected to get graded on his swim stroke.

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