Water Safety

Staying Safe on the Water
4:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Paddleboarders Need to Be Visible, Bring Life Jackets

Stand up paddleboarding has been growing more and more common in the Northwoods.
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Paddleboards are showing up more and more often on northern lakes.  With their popularity skyrocketing over the past decade, the DNR is stressing good water safety practices. 

DNR Recreational Safety Warden Mark Little says a life jacket is required when paddleboarding.    

“It doesn’t have to be worn, although we encourage you to wear it.  Most people strap it down or bungee cord it down so it’s at least with them.” 

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Preventing Injury and Illness
5:58 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Health Officials Urge Water Safety

Health officials say pools can be a source of germs and other hazards.
Credit Rufino Uribe via http://www.flickr.com/photos/rufino_uribe/178577542/

With summer weather arriving in the Northwoods, health officials are reminding the community to practice healthy swim habits. 

This week is designated Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. 

The Oneida County Health Department says using life jackets and knowing CPR can prevent drowning and other injuries in the water. 

Melissa Nieman, Aquatics Director at the YMCA of the Northwoods, says she hears about lots of young kids going to the lake without parental supervision.  But she encourages parents to keep a close eye on their kids in the water.    

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May is Water Safety Month
3:54 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Swim Lessons, Life Jackets Save Lives

Early swim lessons
Credit YMCA of the Northwoods

May is Water Safety Month.


The Head Swim Instructor at the YMCA of the Northwoods Karen Fiocchi says it's a good time to learn to swim and think safety.


Fiocchi says learning to swim and wearing life jackets in a boat are the best ways to prevent drowning...

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