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May 26, 2010

CCSD and Partners Join Forces to Promote Water Safety

Water Safety VideoAs the hot weather of summer approaches, many Charleston County School District (CCSD) students dream of Lowcountry recreational activities involving water. Though these activities are extremely rewarding, they also can be dangerous. Worldwide, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children under the age of five. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 3,579 unintentional drownings in the United States in 2006, and for every child who dies from drowning, another four have received emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

Monday, May 24 marked the beginning of National Beach Safety Week, and CCSD has partnered with Charleston County recreation departments, the Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross, and other agencies to help lower these statistics and spread the word about the importance of water safety.

The comprehensive new and comprehensive Swim Safe Lowcountry website contains information on the following:

  • Swim lessons with certified instructors
  • CPR instruction
  • Backyard water safety
  • Skin and sun safety
  • Swimming in lifeguarded areas
  • Properly fitting personal floatation devices (PFDs)
  • The importance of supervising children
  • Rip current education
  • How to deal with ocean marine life

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