Ventnor City Beach Patrol Promotes Water Safety

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VENTNOR, N.J. -

In the summertime, people of all ages should be cautious around lakes, beaches, and other bodies of water. Drowning does not only happen to those who cannot swim. It can happen to anyone who does not know the current or depth of the water.

“The incoming tide and stuff like that, especially if there’s a sand bar with the tide coming up and filling in, people don’t realize that it’s going to be a lot farther swim once that tide comes up. So definitely be aware of the tide changes," said Daniel Schall, a senior lifeguard with Ventnor City Beach Patrol. 

Ventnor City Beach Patrol holds an annual week-long junior lifeguard camp that began Monday morning, July 9th. For just $10, kids between the ages of 7-13 have the chance to do hands-on activities learning rescue drills, basic lifeguard skills, and most importantly, ocean safety. 

“With them being here in our presence, they can understand, 'OK, I’m not always in trouble where I’m going to drown, but I’m in a situation where it can get bad.' We’re very proactive, not reactive here at Ventnor. We want to get to you before a serious situation happens," said Schall. 

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Besides hoping to encourage kids to one day become lifeguards when they get older, the big focus of the program is beach safety especially when it comes to knowing the rules of the ocean. 

“We teach them the rules of the beach and the safety," said Schall. "Where to swim, always in front of the lifeguards, how the rip tides affect the beaches and everything else, so it’s really a learning experience for them.”

There are a few rules that everyone should keep in mind when they come to the beach.

“The lifeguard has the knowledge of the beach and his beach in particular. He knows where the holes are, where the rip currents are," said Schall. "The way we set up the beaches we try to make it safe for everybody, so definitely talk to the lifeguard and just find out where you should be wading.

"I wouldn’t recommend swimming after hours.” 

Finally, the lifeguards reminded that people should take time to learn the rules of the water so that the long summer days can be spent safely playing in the sand, relaxing, and cooling off in the ocean. 

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