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TBE third graders wise up at safety training

Dottie Weiner, aquatics specialist for the Marco Island YMCA, selects pictures of swimmers in distress and listens as Tommie Barfield Elementary third-grader JR Pierce (beside her) suggests how the situation could have been avoided. The Water Wise Program led by Weiner is in its 14th year.

Cheryl Ferrara/Special to the Eagle

Dottie Weiner, aquatics specialist for the Marco Island YMCA, selects pictures of swimmers in distress and listens as Tommie Barfield Elementary third-grader JR Pierce (beside her) suggests how the situation could have been avoided. The Water Wise Program led by Weiner is in its 14th year.

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  • Safety first are watchwords from Doug Johnson, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, as he helps Tommie Barfield Elementary third-grader Seth Berrios disembark from a raft during Water Wise training at the Marco Y.
  • Emmanuelle Meurgue, center, and classmates are intent on learning how to operate marine radios to call for help. Arnie Kelsey of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary points to a display showing the hailing frequency on channel 16.
  • April Contu watches as Mike Kaya from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary shows her the proper way to secure a life vest before boarding a watercraft during the Marco Island YMCA Water Wise Program.
  • Dottie Weiner, aquatics specialist for the Marco Island YMCA, selects pictures of swimmers in distress and listens as Tommie Barfield Elementary third-grader JR Pierce (beside her) suggests how the situation could have been avoided. The Water Wise Program led by Weiner is in its 14th year.
  • Committed to public education as one of its three cornerstones, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary participates in the Marco Y Water Wise Program each year. Harold Gaertner (left) and Arnie Kelsey explain what information a caller should be able to give after sending out a distress signal.
  • A safe rescue may require tossing a flotation devise to a distressed swimmer. TBE third-grader Brenda Perez (right) gets ready to release her life ring to a swimmer below.

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