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Groups collaborate on ocean safety outreach

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - Several of Guam's water recreation organizations and public safety agencies are rallying together to present the first ever ocean safety public outreach event on Saturday, August 25 at Matapang Beach in Tumon. Organizers of the event aim to raise awareness among beach goers and water recreation enthusiasts on the hazards of the ocean and how to be more prepared in the water.

Roman Dela Cruz with the Guam Waterman's Club, said, "The main purpose of the event is water safety awareness. We are trying to promote and cultivate a safer beach going environment. Whether you're a guy just going on your basic stroll down the beach and bringing your family or you're a water enthusiast. We want to encourage responsible water activity and we also want to bring the different bodies of water sports and entities around. We want to rally around the first consideration when approaching the water."

The program will be presented by various representatives of different water recreation organizations including surfers, stand up paddlers, outrigger canoers, swimmers, rescue trainers, lifeguards, and public safety agencies.

Andy Lee, also with the Guam Waterman's Club, said, "It will definitely be more of an eye opener to see what resources are out there for them that they can tap into and involved with. They will definitely see what the resources and organizations can do for them as well as out there in the water. So we'll start maybe with some CPR and safety boat operations demonstrations and some rescue training demonstrations as well as stand up paddling orientations. We will also have a friendly demonstration on stand up paddling racing. It will be a sprint so please come on down and check it out."

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