Delaware County youth who are ages 11-18 will have a great opportunity to learn about water safety and to earn free safety gear this spring and summer.
A program called White Water Safety Rocks! will be held at the Manchester White Water Park. Up to 10 youth will earn a free high quality life jacket, helmet, whistle and water shoes in exchange for pledging to share safety information with at least 10 other park visitors each during the course of the summer.
Youth will gain leadership and communications skills and safety / water etiquette information through this program. By participating in the program, youth will fulfill many scout merit badge requirements.
Two experienced and certified instructors will teach the White Water Safety Rocks! program. They will guide youth through basic lessons on water safety and white water park etiquette this May and June. The group will meet several evenings at the gazebo in Shelly Park as well as in the water. A presentation of the gear will be at 1 PM on June 3rd during the Rhubarb on the River celebration at the Manchester White Water Park.
The instructors are both American Canoe Association certified kayak instructors who are donating their time to grow an atmosphere of safety at the park. E-mail Lynne Majetic at email@example.com or Chuck Ungs at his home phone at 563-927-1440 for additional details. For an application please contact them soon – their hope is to begin the classes in the latter half of May. Additional information will be at our Manchester White Water Park – White Water Safety Rocks Facebook page.
A grant from the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County paid for the safety equipment the youth will keep in exchange for their pledges. One youth will receive a prize once they return their pledge sheets documenting 10 safety contacts at the end of the summer. This may be a kayak package or a Go-Pro. The instructors prepared the grant with assistance from Jessica Pape with the Manchester Chamber of Commerce as well as Doug Foley from Manchester Parks and Recreation.