Spring 2014 Health Link Online

HealthLink Online

Uniting Children, Parents, Caregivers, and Health Professionals

Swimming & Wading Safety

Swimming & Wading Safety

Are you planning swimming or wading activities this summer?  Have your staff members successfully completed water safety training?  The American Red Cross has worked with DPW to develop water safety training especially for child care staff.

The training focuses on the need to pre-plan, to assign specific children to specific staff, and to follow the more stringent staff to child ratios swimming and wading require.  The training also clarifies that, when children are swimming, providers must have at least one staff person along who is certified as a lifeguard.  The certified lifeguard is not counted in the required staff to child ratios.

Training sessions are available now. Contact the aquatics specialists for the American Red Cross to sign up for a session or obtain more information:

Eastern PA – Susan M. Fleming: Phone 717-413-0008;FAX 717-852-0104; Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Contributed by Terry Shaner Wade, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Certification Services