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Stay Safe, Swim Smart: May Marks Water Safety Month


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Kaitlin Smith is the Park Manager at Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park in Destin, and has been with the park since 2013. 

“I’ve spent the last 11 years learning the ins and outs of this facility and our local community, and I’m grateful for everyday.”

May 3, 2024 — May marks the beginning of Water Safety Month; a campaign to raise awareness and educate people on how to prevent drowning and enjoy water activities safely. 

Why Is Water Safety Month So Important?

According to studies conducted by the CDC, drowning remains a significant threat, with more children aged 1-4 succumbing to drowning than any other cause of death, and it ranks as the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children aged 5-14.

People assume that drowning only happens to children and only happens in deep water. Here’s the truth about drowning: drowning can happen to anyone, at any time. Drowning is silent, happens in seconds, and may not look like what you see on TV.

Lifeguards at the Big Kahuna’s Water Parks in Destin, Florida and West Berlin, New Jersey regularly go through safety training. 

Getting Ready to Splash into Summer Fun - with a focus on SAFETY!

At Big Kahuna’s, we are lucky enough to have a strong team of lifeguards, first aid team members, and other aquatics professionals, but the risk of drowning emergencies remains present.  Our park staff and lifeguards focus on implementing key preventative measures such as proper lifejacket use, fencing and barriers around pool edges, safe slide dispatch, avoiding underwater breath holding games, and ensuring children are under constant supervision are paramount in preventing drowning emergencies.

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Events like the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) provide valuable opportunities to educate people of all ages about water safety. Scheduled for June 20th, 2024, this global event offers engaging sessions aimed at spreading awareness and teaching life-saving skills. Both Big Kahuna’s locations are proud to participate in this event annually.

Join us for the 2024 WLSL event at Big Kahuna’s Water Parks, or sign up to join the WLSL at a pool near one of our Boomers locations here:

Dive Into Water Safety Month Together

Even if you don’t work at a waterpark – you can still lower the drowning statistics. Before your next day out on the water with friends and family, be prepared. Use the buddy system, learn basic swimming skills, and when in doubt, wear a lifejacket!

In conclusion, by staying informed, adopting preventive measures, and participating in initiatives like the WLSL, we can collectively work towards reducing drowning incidents and ensuring safer aquatic experiences for everyone. Let’s dive into water safety together and make a splash in saving lives.

May is Water safety month
May is Water Safety Month - Lifeguard Training at Big Kahuna's Destin

Stay Safe, Swim Smart: May Marks Water Safety Month

May is Water Safety Month – explore what our Water Parks are doing to keep our guests safe! From Lifeguard Training to the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, May is the time to focus on water safety for all ages so that everyone can safely splash into fun all Summer long.

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