The Water Safety Program is going full swing here at J. Strom Thurmond COE. Various ideas have been put forth on the best way to teach elementary and middle school age kids about how important it is to wear life jackets.
We had demonstrations by two of the park rangers on teaching techniques they have used with great success. Both were fun and got the message out, one in a subtle way, the other with a hilarious skit.
First up was Ranger Heather with her three oranges.
One orange was completely peeled, one loosely peeled and the third with its peel left intact. Dropping the three oranges in a bowl of water represented what happens when people wear their life jacket properly, wear the life jacket improperly fastened and not wearing a life jacket at all.
The intact skinned orange floated, the orange with the loose peel fell out and sank and the orange with no peel sank like a stone. Very to the point.
Then Ranger Dave gave his presentation.
He took four of our team and set them up as if they were on a boat outing.
He dressed them up with some funny items representing a fun day on the boat.
Lots of laughter came as the skit progressed.
Then with all this gear on, the volunteers were given 30 seconds to find their life jacket and don it properly. None of them were able to do it and it soberly got the point across.
Good training with a good message. The schools we’ve contacted about bringing them the COE’s Water Safety Program have responded overwhelmingly. Our team is going to be busy!
This isn’t something we expected to be involved with as workampers, but we’re glad to be a part of it.
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