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May 23, 2013

Enter the “What is Water Safety?” Video Contest

by kpeterson

Win a stand-up paddleboard, safe boating equipment; submission deadline September 2nd

This Labor Day, one lucky movie maker will win hundreds of dollars in prizes for having safe fun in the sun. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Natural Resources Police (NRP), West Marine and BoatUS partnered together for the first annual “What is Water Safety” video contest.

DNR is looking for a three-minute video explaining “what is water safety?” DNR and a panel of judges will chose the best video. Creativity is key and it must be family-friendly. The contest kicks off this weekend and runs until August.

NRP offers the following swimming safety tips:

  • Pay special attention to small children and use safety devices such as life jackets on children or other individuals who cannot swim.
  • Obey all warning signs that alert swimmers to dangers and be aware of any surrounding signs or markers that indicate current water conditions.
  • Never swim alone or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Carry a cell phone or have other ways of contacting emergency personnel if a situation arises.

If an emergency occurs, immediately call 911 and remember to Reach, Throw, Row and Go:

REACH the person in trouble by extending a releasable item, such as a pole, line or rope to pull them to safety, but not by hand as the rescuer could quickly become another victim.

THROW an object that floats to the victim if they are unreachable. A life ring, PFD, cooler or plastic jug is suitable floating objects that can keep a troubled swimmer afloat until rescues arrive.

ROW to the victim, using a canoe or any other safe watercraft. The rescuer must wear a life jacket. Once the victim is nearby, a rope or paddle should be extended and used to tow the victim to shore if possible.

GO find help or yell to get other people’s attention and have someone call 911.

For more on the video contest and to see a complete set of rules go to: dnr.maryland.gov/videocontest

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