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Water Safety Day Saturday

By Staff | May 6, 2016

Families, especially those with small children, are urged to stop by an event this weekend.

Hosted by the Cape Coral police and fire departments and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the 5th Annual Water Safety Day will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. The event, which is free for the public, will feature classes, demonstrations and giveaways.

“We need to educate the community about being safe on the water,” Anella “Joy” Nyack, the community outreach coordinator for the Cape Coral Police Department, said on Thursday.

She explained that there are miles of canals, as well as waterfront property and residential pools.

“We have so many drownings of toddlers in pools,” Nyack said.

“More need to be aware and take it seriously,” she added.

Each child will receive a passport to visit each of the booths. At each booth, the child will be given a sticker. Completed passports can then be dropped off for a chance to win free swimming lessons.

“When they visit a table, each table gives them a little sticker,” Nyack said.

There will be about 20 vendors on site.

“Every year, we try to bring something new and fun,” she said.

New this year, the city purchased “Josh The Baby Otter” books to hand out. One adult from each family will get a copy of the safety book, which was created to help children stay away from water.

There will be information on drowning prevention, pool safety precautions and sun safety.

Some of the demonstrations will include CPR, personal watercraft safety and rescue dive gear.

“The CPR one is the one that gains the most viewing,” Nyack said.

There will be a marine boat on hand, along with child fingerprinting and life jacket fittings.

Children can enter the annual poster contest, with the winner taking home a prize with last year’s winning artwork on it. This year’s winner will have their artwork placed on next year’s prize.

Door prizes and giveaways will take place throughout the day.

Nyack reported that a majority of the prizes are water and safety related.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Last year, approximately 160 people showed up, plus about 75 children.

“It definitely increased from the year before,” she said.

The Cape Coral Yacht Club is at 5819 Driftwood Parkway.