KIDS DON’T FLOAT – BUT PFDs DO!

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KIDS DON’T FLOAT – BUT PFDS DO!

This is the theme of a new initiative of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station on Shuswap Lake.  The kiosks have loaner PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) for children to use while boating or swimming.  The kiosks are located at boat launches and beaches around Shuswap, Mara and Little Shuswap Lakes.

The kiosks have had the financial support of a variety of community sponsors as noted below.

Canoe Beach –  by the Salmar Community Association
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park – by Shuswap Community
Foundation
Sicamous
– by Bayview Homes of Sicamous
Herald Park Provincial Park
– by SASCU Financial Group
Downtown Salmon Arm
– by the Knights of Columbus and the
Shuswap Watershed Committee

Chase Beach – by Chase Rotary
Magna Bay Wharf Road Park – by North Shuswap Lions Club
Markwart Road Boat Launch (Sorrento)– by Sorrento Lions Club
Harbour Road Boat Launch (Blind Bay) – by SASCU Financial Group
Sandy Beach in Blind Bay – by Shuswap Community Foundation
Sunnybrae Park – by Shuswap Watershed Council
Old Town Bay in Sicamous – by Boating BC and RCM-SAR 106
(Shuswap)

Special thanks and recognition to Hyde Sawmill for the specialty lumber cutting.

RCM-SAR wants kids to stay safe in the water.  If a child needs a PFD, parents are welcome to borrow one at the kiosk.  Parents must ensure they choose the right size PFD for their child and it is properly worn while boating or swimming.  Parents are asked to return the PFD when they are through for other kids to use.

RCM-SAR is a volunteer marine Search and Rescue (SAR) organization dedicated to saving lives on the water 24/7, 365 days of the year.  RCM-SAR (Shuswap) also provides boating safety education for children and adults throughout the Shuswap region.  They are active participants in Shuswap maritime festivals and are organizing the Kids Don’t Float life jacket loaner program on Shuswap Lake.   RCM-SAR Station 106 (Shuswap) is a vital part of the Shuswap Search and Rescue network and works with other emergency responders to  “Save lives on the water.”

The Kids Don’t Float life jacket loaner program is wide spread at the coast with 37 programs.

Remember, if you are playing in or near the water, always wear a PFD.

Markwart Road Boat Launch (Sorrento) donated by the Sorrento Lions Club
Sunnybrae Community Beach -Paul Demenok, CSRD Director
Sunnybrae Community Beach -Paul Demenok, CSRD Director
Sandy Beach in Blind Bay
Sandy Beach in Blind Bay
Magna Bay in North Shuswap
Magna Bay in North Shuswap
Chase Beach and Boat Launch
Chase Beach and Boat Launch
Blind Bay Boat Launch
Blind Bay Boat Launch
Sicamous Boat Launch: Paul Keam (Crew), Terry Rysz, Mayor, District of Sicamous), Pat Gau (Bayview Homes/Deputy Leader RCMSAR 106), Bruce Weicker (President, Shuswap Lifeboat Society)
Sicamous Boat Launch – Paul Keam (RCMSAR 106 Crew), Terry Rysz, Mayor, District of Sicamous), Pat Gau (Bayview Homes/Deputy Leader RCMSAR 106), Bruce Weicker (President, Shuswap Lifeboat Society)
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park - Mike Rowden (Recreation Services Officer, Thompson Cariboo Region) and Ralph Segreto (Shuswap Community Foundation, Director)
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park – Mike Rowden (Recreation Services Officer, Thompson Cariboo Region) and Ralph Segreto (Shuswap Community Foundation, Director)
Canoe Beach in Salmon Arm - Pat Gau (Deputy Station Leader) and Rob Hein (Manager of Roads & Parks - City of Salmon Arm)
Canoe Beach in Salmon Arm – Pat Gau (Deputy Station Leader) and Rob Hein (Manager of Roads & Parks – City of Salmon Arm)
Herald Park - Bruce Weicker (RCMSAR), Glenn Hill (SASCU Board of Directors), Rochelle Dale (President, SASCU Board of Directors), Cory Monk (Park Contractor), Rob Sutherland (RCMSAR)
Herald Park – Bruce Weicker (RCMSAR), Glenn Hill (SASCU Board of Directors), Rochelle Dale (President, SASCU Board of Directors), Cory Monk (Park Contractor), Rob Sutherland (RCMSAR)
Downtown Salmon Arm - Paul Demonek (CSRD - Shuswap Watershed Committee), Ken Nowicki (Knights of Columbus), Nancy Cooper (Salmon Arm - Shuswap Watershed Committee), Lorne Lazzarotto (Knights of Columbus)
Downtown Salmon Arm – Paul Demonek (CSRD – Shuswap Watershed Committee), Ken Nowicki (Knights of Columbus), Nancy Cooper (Salmon Arm – Shuswap Watershed Committee), Lorne Lazzarotto (Knights of Columbus)