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D.E.A.P.
Drowning Education Awareness Program

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RCC & RA Working Together for Water Safety

Reston Community Center and Reston Association are teaming up to improve our community's safety around its many pools. Drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14 according to the Centers for Disease Control. For every child who dies from drowning, four more receive medical treatment for submersion-related injuries. Together, RA and RCC will be offering DEAP, a "land-based" Drowning Education Awareness Program. This program offers three opportunities targeted for different audiences and community civic groups to learn water safety skill:

  1. Parent Orientation to Swim Lessons
  2. Water Safety Presentation
  3. Longfellow's WHALE Tales

By working together, RCC and RA strive to provide our community access to healthy and safe fun in all of Reston's pools.

Longfellow’s WHALE Tales (5-12 Years Old)

Longfellow's WHALE Tales is a FREE 1 hour interactive presentation that provides easy to follow information to help children learn safe behavior in, on, and around the water. Taught in a classroom environment, WHALE Tales makes water safety fun and easy to learn. Each lesson is reinforced with color posters, worksheets, activities, and a video that features Longfellow, the animated whale. This program is offered to Cub Scouts and Webelos, Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts, and day care centers. Teachers and scout leaders can contact the Aquatics Director at 703-390-6150 to schedule a class.

General Water Safety (18 years and older)
This FREE 1-hour presentation (30 minute lecture and 30 minutes of Q&A) focuses on the importance of water safety training and provides general information on keeping family members safe in, on, and around the water. The presentation is designed for rotary clubs, PTAs, home school networks, church groups, and other civic organizations and can be scheduled at their facility. Please contact the Aquatics Director at 703-390-6150 to schedule a presentation.
Parent Orientation to Swim Lessons

Free • Registration Required
Saturday, November 16
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Reg. #: 611198-4A
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This FREE 60-minute presentation (30-minute presentation, 30 minutes of Q&A) will provide parents with an orientation to the swimming lessons offered at RCC. It is designed to teach parents of the Level 1, Level 2, Rookies, and Skippers how to provide guidance, care, supervision, motivation and support as their children participate in our swim lessons program.

Lifeguard Training (15 years and older)

This course provides the American Red Cross (ARC) training required to obtain a job as a lifeguard in any national facility utilizing ARC certified lifeguards. The course includes: Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer; Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Essentials; and Preventing Disease Transmission. Good swimming skills are essential. Students must attend all class sessions. Lifeguarding course or Waterpark Skills module prerequisite skills:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  2. Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.
    • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

7, 60-minute sessions Free (R)/$180 (NR)

Friday: October 4
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturdays: October 5, 12, 19
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday: October 6, 13, 20
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Reg. # 611241-4A
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8, 60-minute sessions Free (R)/$180 (NR)

Friday: November 1
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sundays: November 3, 10, 17
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday: November 4, 11
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: November 6, 13
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Reg. # 611241-4B
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Water Safety Instructor (16 years and older)
The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach Swimming and Water Safety Program courses, including the Basic Water Rescue course, the six levels of Learn To Swim, and Parent and Child Aquatics. Prerequisites: At least 16 years old, successful completion of the American Red Cross Fundamentals of Instructor Training within the last 12 months, and successful completion of the Water Safety Instructor Pre-test. Must attend all sessions.

9 sessions • Free (R)/$260 (NR)

Saturdays: December 7, 14
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sundays: December 8, 15
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mondays: December 9, 16
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: December 11, 18
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Reg. # 611244-4A

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If you have questions or would like more information, please contact either RCC at 703-476-4500 or RA at 703-435-6530.

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