Mackenzie's Mission believes no child should die or suffer brain injury as a result of drowning.
Every day we provide water safety and life jacket education because
drowning is preventable.

Water Safety and Life Jacket Education

Program Overview


Goals:

Mackenzie's Mission provides water safety and life jacket education. The goal of this program is to supply individuals and families with the necessary knowledge to prevent water tragedies around open water, and around the home, in order to reduce the fatal drowning and non-fatal drowning incidents in Colorado.

Objectives:
1. Increase knowledge about water related dangers in and away from the home.
2. Increase knowledge about life jacket use, proper fitting, and the usable condition of life jackets.
3. Raise awareness about the use of life vests.
4. Increase awareness of safe rescue techniques (i.e. Reach, Throw, Don't Go).
5. Increase awareness of what drowning looks and sounds like.
6. Increase knowledge about Shallow Water Blackout.

Description:
Mackenzie's Mission has created a water safety education program. This program currently educates elementary students at the fourth or fifth grade level. Mackenzie's Mission is interested in creating more educational opportunities for children of varying ages, adults, parents, and caregivers to learn the facts about water safety, life jacket use, and life jacket laws.

Impact:
Currently, there are no known water safety education programs in Northern Colorado. Having support for this program will make a large impact in this area because it will ensure that residents who participate in the outdoor recreational opportunities know the risks and precautions necessary as well as the importance of using the appropriate, safe, and fitting life jackets. This program will allow Mackenzie's Mission to reach out to all ages and socio-economic status'.

Each educational session will include educational, take-away packets. This will allow for increased knowledge to passed to those who do not attend the session, but may not know about proper fitting techniques or water safety issues.

In addition, by providing individuals with the opportunity to try on a life jacket, individuals are learning firsthand how to properly size and fit the jacket for themselves, or for a friend or relative.

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How You Can Help This Program:


Mackenzie's Mission needs:
* New or slightly used USCG approved life jackets
* Volunteers to assist with educational sessions
* Printing and copying services

With your help, Mackenzie's Mission will reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents by ensuring that adults and children are aware of water safety and important life jacket facts.

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What We Teach Children

  • The effects of oxygen deprivation on the brain
  • How to identify when someone is in need of help
    • What a drowning person looks and sounds like
  • Reach, Throw, Don't Go
    • Safe methods of water rescue
  • The Water Safety Pledge
  • Shallow Water Blackout
  • Lifejacket education
    • When to use one
    • Life Jacket law
    • US Coast Guard approval stamp
    • Checking labels for size
    • Checking condition for usability and function
    • Correct wear and fit
    • Checking for a secure fit
    • Fitting a life jacket to someone else

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What We Teach Teens & Adults

  • The effects of oxygen deprivation on the brain
  • How to identify when someone is in need of help
    • What a drowning person looks and sounds like
  • Reach, Throw, Don't Go
    • Safe methods of water rescue
  • Water Safety in and around the home (or childcare facility)
  • Water Safety for the various ages and developmental stages of children
  • Water Safety and Alcohol Use
  • Shallow Water Blackout
  • Lifejacket education
    • When to use one
    • Life Jacket law
    • US Coast Guard approval stamp
    • Checking labels for size
    • Checking condition for usability and function
    • Correct wear and fit
    • Checking for a secure fit
    • Fitting a life jacket to someone else

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Who We Teach

  • Elementary students
  • Childcare facilities
  • Parents
  • Caregivers
  • Teenagers
  • Anyone interested in learning water safety or life jacket use
  • We will tailor the presentation to fit the audience

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