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May 29, 2014
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Scavenger hunt, lifeguard demonstrations close out Water Safety Month

To celebrate the end of a successful Water Safety Month, the Silverthorne Recreation Center is offering free pool admission from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 31. School-aged students, kindergarten through fifth grade, also can participate in a pirate-themed scavenger hunt from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

“Get your pirate loot and practice a few ways to stay safe in and around the water this summer,” said Suzanna Barth, program pool manager, about the planned scavenger hunt.

Between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., there will be a series of lifeguard demonstrations with real-world simulations. Pools will be cleared in 5- to 10-minute increments, and lifeguards will be called upon to perform rescues.

“This is a great opportunity to practice our skills outside of our regular trainings,” said Paul Kulik, aquatics coordinator. “These live situations that will include pool patrons allow us to gauge ‘real time’ emergencies and response times.”

Barth said there have been more than 130 visits to the rec center’s water-safety activities through the month and it would be awesome to see everyone again and meet many new children on Saturday for a “safe” pirate adventure.

“As we enter summer, there are just too many preventable water tragedies to not consider reminders and practice opportunities for playing safe around water,” Barth said. “Rivers, ponds, lakes, (un-)guarded pools: You name it, Summit County has it.”

For more information and a full calendar of rec center events, visit www.silverthorne.org, call (970) 262-7392, or stop by the Silverthorne Recreation Center.

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The Summit Daily Updated May 29, 2014 07:54PM Published May 29, 2014 05:34PM Copyright 2014 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.