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Water Safety: Hidden Hazards in Plain Sight (Jun 24)

STARS Credits: 2

Join us for a discussion about keeping children in youth care programs safe around water.  While water safety seems simple, unintentional drownings are a leading cause of injury and death for young children and spike again during the teenage years. With many summer camp programs outside near open water, lifeguard shortages, and COVID-19 precautions to consider, it’s more important than ever that you know top tips for keeping kids safe around water. (Even if your program does not plan to take kids to the pool or water park this summer!) 


After this session, learners will: 

  • Be prepared to advocate for the importance of water safety in multiple settings, including open water
  • Understand how to properly fit a life jacket
  • Demonstrate water safety and rescue techniques
  • Apply a “layers to safety” approach to keep children safe around water
  • Explore the culture of water and water safety from various community perspectives
  • Discuss ways to apply and promote water safety policies at their organization
  • Understand parent perspective after losing a child to drowning

NOTE: Registrants are asked to come to the session with a copy of their organization’s policy on supervision for water activities and/or staff ratios.


If registration is closed, please email training@schoolsoutwashington.org to be added to the waitlist.  


Featured Guest Speaker:

Chezik Tsunoda is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of No More Under, a non profit organization that raises awareness around drowning prevention and water safety. NMU provides tools and resources for families to stay safe around water. She is currently in production on a documentary film that speaks to the epidemic of drowning as well as the grief parents face after their children drown. She is the mother of four boys and lives on Mercer Island.

Water Safety Team:

Sarah Stempski, MPH, MCHES, is a health educator and a proud part of the water safety team at Seattle Children’s. For the last 10 years, Sarah has coordinated drowning prevention initiatives focused on open water including the Everyone Swims initiative and the life jacket loan program in Washington. She is a co-lead of the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network. Sarah, her husband Patrick and school-aged children Henry and George live in Seattle, Washington.

Isabell Sakamoto, MS,CHES®, is a Suicide and Injury Prevention Program Manager at Seattle Children’s and has an enduring love for recreational swimming and water sports. For the last 5 years, Isabell has promoted water safety education for families through community outreach events in Washington state. She is a co-lead of the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network. Isabell and her husband live in Snohomish, Washington. 

Nisreen El-Saadoun, Program Coordinator at Seattle Children’s, spent much of her childhood water-tubing the Puget Sound and using public swim and wading areas during Seattle summers. She’s keenly interested in increasing easy accessibility to water safety education and life jackets across multiple communities and serves as a co-lead of the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network. Nisreen and her daughter live on Duwamish Land (in the Central District of Seattle).

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Most SOWA workshops and webinars are STARS approved. Classes fill quickly and registrations are processed in the order received. Your registration is not complete until payment is received.

If you have a question regarding:

    • Workshops in Spokane County, contact Benjamin Baird at bbaird [at] schoolsoutwashington.org

    • Workshops in King County, contact Janell Jordan at jjordan [at] schoolsoutwashington.org

    • Best Starts for Kids workshops or meetings, contact Lex Gavin at lgavin [at] schoolsoutwashington.org

    • Workshops in Pierce County, contact Ka'ohe Wong at kwong [at] schoolsoutwashington.org

    • OSPI - 21st Century Community Learning Center workshops, contact Lindy Ah Sam at lahsam [at] schoolsoutwashington.org

    • General Community Workshops or STARS Credit for Licensed Child Care Providers, contact Nerrisah Townsend at ntownsend [at] schoolsoutwashington.org

    • For all other inquiries regarding trainings or workshops, contact Sheely Mauck at smauck [at] schoolsoutwashington.org or call the Seattle main office number at 206.323.2396

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