John Ryan Jr. is like the Mitch Buchannon of the Hamptons, leading an exciting event dedicated to water safety in Amagansett. On Saturday, May 20th, from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., the Amagansett Life-Saving Station will be bustling with interactive activities and discussions as it joins the worldwide celebration of International Water Safety Day.
“We are all connected by water safety and are working to prevent the unnecessary drownings that occur daily. There are an estimated 236,000 annual drowning deaths worldwide, and drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4. Water safety education worldwide can change that. International Water Safety Day is designed to help spread global awareness of the ongoing drowning pandemic and educate youth to become safer in and around water. May 15th is a day to spread drowning awareness and water safety education by any means possible. Let’s make a difference.” John Ryan Jr. said in a statement.
Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva and Saunders & Associates and her husband Scott Bradley of Saunders & Associates, both members of the local water rescue and passionate about safety, expressed to me how important this event is. “You have to understand, so many people from out of town don’t understand the ocean. It’s so important for kids and their parents to develop water safety skills, especially if they just moved here.”
The Amagansett Life-Saving Station, located at 160 Atlantic Ave in Amagansett, will be the hub of this informative and engaging event. With the support of the Hampton Lifeguard Association, the station aims to educate and raise awareness about water safety to better protect the community.
Attendees will be able to participate in various interactive activities and discussions focusing on water safety. From demonstrations by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue team to the East Hampton Hurricane Swim Team showcasing their skills, visitors will witness firsthand the importance of being prepared and knowledgeable in water-related situations.
The event will also feature presentations from the East Hampton Junior Lifeguard & Nipper Guard Programs, providing insights into the invaluable training and skills these young lifeguards acquire. The East Hampton Marine Patrol will be present to share their expertise on boating safety and regulations, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of water safety practices.
Other organizations involved are the Eastern Long Island Surfrider Foundation, YMCA East Hampton RECenter, Amagansett Lifesaving Station, Paddle Diva, Rotary Club of East Hampton, and East Hampton Historical Society will be actively involved.
Visitors can indulge in refreshments throughout the day while mingling with fellow community members and water safety enthusiasts. Exciting prizes will be up for grabs, adding an element of fun to the educational activities.
Water safety is a critical concern, particularly for coastal communities like Amagansett. By hosting International Water Safety Day, the Amagansett Life-Saving & Coast Guard Station, with the generous support of the Hampton Lifeguard Association, seeks to waterproof the community through education, awareness, and engagement.
This event is an excellent opportunity for individuals and families to come together and learn valuable skills that can save lives. Mark your calendars for May 20th and head down to the Amagansett Life-Saving Station at 160 Atlantic Ave in Amagansett. Join the movement and help create a safer future for everyone in the community.
Remember, water safety is a shared responsibility, and your participation in International Water Safety Day will make a difference!
Contact Gina or Scott Bradley for tickets at [email protected], [email protected]