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Water Safety

During the pandemic people are flocking to beaches, ponds and pools. But many swim lessons, lifeguard trainings and other water safety classes were canceled. On The Point, we discuss how this impacts water safety now and in the future. We also discuss why drowning deaths are higher for people of color than white people, and how to keep ourselves and others safe in and around the water, especially children.
Guests on the program are:
Chris Brewster, retired Lifeguard Chief for the City of San Diego, President of the Americas Region of the International Life Saving Federation, Chair of the Certification Committee of the United States Lifesaving Association, and the Editor of American Lifeguard Magazine.
Dr. Kristen Kendrick, board-certified family physician and recently completed a Health and Media fellowship at NPR.

Link to Kristen Kendrick’s article "you could save a child from drowning"
Link to Water Safety Information from Red Cross
Data on Racial Disparities in Drowning from the CDC and from Aquatics International

This piece first aired in August 2021.

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Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.