Elementary Students Learn Water Safety

Posted on April 28, 2015, in Lancer Life

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As the weather warms up, McKean Elementary fourth graders are learning about water safety basics.

Through partnerships with Edinboro University, Fairview Fire and Rescue and Presque Isle State Park Cost Guard, students are engaged in water safety lessons in order to become more aware and confident when in and around the water.

“The program helps are students prepare for water emergencies since they learn the skills that enable them to perform rescues, be prepared and aware of water related emergencies and perform these skills no matter what their swimming abilities are,” said McKean Health and Physical Education teacher Lisa Celeski. “Between Presque Isle, Edinboro Lake and the many ponds and pools that our students encounter, learning water safety becomes vital for our students so they can have a greater appreciation and enjoyment of water activities.”

The lessons start in Edinboro University’s pool, where fourth graders learn all about swimming, rescues and boating. Some specific examples that students learn include how to reach and throw assists, how to float and stay warm in cold water.

In May, students will travel to Walnut Creek Access Area to have a safety lesson with the Fish and Game Commission, in conjunction with Fairview Fire and Rescue. In the afternoon, the students will travel to Presque Isle State Park Coast Guard station to experience a lesson with the officers on water safety.

Edinboro Elementary fourth graders did water safety lessons in March.

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