Safety group to hand out Water Watcher Cards, life jackets at Lake Altoona Beach

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (EAU CLAIRE YMCA NEWS RELEASE) -- The Eau Claire Water Safety Task Force will pass out Water Watcher Cards to families at Lake Altoona Beach on 7/13/2014 from 6:00-6:30pm. The Water Watcher Card is a list of safety reminders for parents to keep in mind as they supervise youth in the water. Also, the Water Safety Task Force plans to properly size children for lifejackets and distribute thirty free lifejackets to children or families in need.

The Water Watcher Card notes safe habits for parents to keep in mind, while at public pools with lifeguards or at unguarded areas where swimming occurs. The Eau Claire Water Safety Task Force urges parents to carefully supervise their children when near water or swimming in water. Furthermore, the Water Watcher Card is a tool for parents to wear as a physical reminder of their valuable role supervising children in the water. Parents are reminded to avoid conversations and distractions what may take their attention away from their children in the water. Supervision of youth in the water is very important as many families will partake in water recreational activities over the last months of summer.

The Eau Claire Water Safety Task Force is a group of professionals from 16 various education, health and safety backgrounds examining the prominence of drowning and overall water safety in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Eau Claire Water Safety Task Force strives to develop educational programming geared toward water safety and better utilize existing resources to prevent future water casualties in Eau Claire.

The Ski Sprites is one entity that comprises the Eau Claire Water Safety Task Force. The Ski Sprites launch and monitor two lifejacket loaner boards at Lake Altoona during the summer in cooperation with the DNR and NW Wisconsin Regional Trauma Advisory Council (RTAC).

The Ski Sprites perform their entertaining waterski show every Wednesday and Sunday at 6:30pm at Lake Altoona County Park. The shows are free admission, donations are appreciated, concessions are available and Eau Claire County $3/car parking pass is required.

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