Starting next month, fourth graders from three Worcester County public schools will get an important lesson on water safety with the help of the Ocean Pines Aquatics Department.
Students will take part in a three-day safety course at the indoor Sports Core Pool in Ocean Pines, with lessons such as survival swimming skills, basic first aid and how to help distressed swimmers, and beach safety tips including how to safely navigate a rip current.
Senior staff members of Ocean Pines Aquatics, in conjunction with Ocean City Beach Patrol and the Ocean Pines Fire Department, will teach hundreds of 9 and 10-year-old students from Ocean City Elementary, Berlin Intermediate and Buckingham Elementary schools beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Berlin Intermediate School sessions are scheduled Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10. Buckingham Elementary School students are scheduled Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 28-30, and Ocean City Elementary is scheduled Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 3-5.
The Ocean Pines Aquatics Department and Worcester County Public Schools jointly launched the program last year, with the school district supplying funding.
“The Aquatics team is excited to start our second year, teaching some of the fourth graders of Worcester County,” Ocean Pines Operations Director Colby Phillips said. “This was a program that was a priority for myself and the team when I first started with Ocean Pines, and the support of the Board of Education and the County Commissioners in providing funding has been a huge blessing.
“Drowning is one of the number–one causes of death for children,” she continued. “Learning to save yourself in different types of water safety situations is our goal for these children. We teach them everything from basic pool safety to ice safety, and the Ocean City Beach Patrol comes in as well to discuss rip currents.”
For more information on Ocean Pines Aquatics programs, visit
www.oceanpines.org/amenities/pools or call 410-641-5255.