2012-08-03 / Community

RWA Proves There’s Plenty For Kids To Do

Surfing Rockaway shore. Surfing Rockaway shore. Anyone who ever said Rockaway has nothing for kids to do should think again. There is plenty for kids to do, but few role models who offer guidance and care to show them how to safely learn new skills.

But last week as people passed the firehouse at Beach 59 Street they probably thought they were seeing things where rows of dummies were lined up along the grassy lawn. These were in preparation for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance summer students’ class on CPR, which was led by the NYFD Foundation. The program is one of many that the NYC Fire Department leads for FREE for groups like RWA upon request. This lifesaving program is essential for the general public as well as for children to learn basic CPR. As a result, there are now 25 more young people who can do CPR.

After a busy morning the students spent the afternoon surfing with a new appreciation for safety as they ventured out on the water with NY Surf School. This is the third consecutive year NY Surf School has partnered with RWA to give kids, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to learn to surf and to get out on the water. Frank Cullen and the NY Surf School staff graciously host the kids each summer to help build students’ confidence and respect for the water. Frank is one of the many mentors on whom RWA relies to put kids on the path to a safe, healthy and active lifestyle. To wrap up the week, students took to the bay to learn stand up paddleboarding with SUPNYC (stand up paddleboarding) out of Marina 59.

CPR training. CPR training. Over the past few weeks students have been learning the basics close to the shoreline but later in the season they will be taking part in longer treks along Jamaica Bay. Thanks to Stacy Longhart and Renzo Spirit for helping to teach the students. To learn more about this growing sport or to register for lessons go to supnewyorkcity.com.

Learning stand up paddleboarding. Learning stand up paddleboarding.

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