KLA safety tools offered

LIHUE — Two important ocean safety communication pieces are available to businesses on Kauai.

A new ocean safety video is available for retail stores, activities desks, rental car offices, resorts, hotels, bed and breakfast, vacation rental and timeshare in house systems.

The six-minute minute video and a new six panel ocean safety brochure focus on the same points that can help save lives when frequenting our beaches.

The key points stressed in both include:

• Utilizing lifeguard towers for immediate sources of information as well as safe places to settle for the day.

• How to identify rip currents and what to do if you are caught in one.

• How to use a rescue tube, and the all important snorkel with a buddy system.

The video can be downloaded at kauailifeguards.org or you can pick up a free DVD of the captioned video at the Kauai Ocean Safety offices in the Piikoi building in Lihue.

There are also over 220,000 Ocean Safety brochures available for pick up at the Ocean Safety Bureau.

These complementary services are part of this year’s Ocean Minded Community campaign that received support from businesses around Kauai through the first half of the year.

Monies go toward the keiki and Junior Lifeguard program; access and use of the ocean safety trailer; continued awareness and operation of the roving patrols at unguarded beaches; printing of new brochures and access to the new video; safety points stressed at visitor industry briefings; maintenance and exposure concerning our rescue tubes, and media campaigns that reinforce going to Kauai’s lifeguarded beaches.

The work our lifeguards perform daily in helping to save lives is continuous.

Between January and May of this year:

Tower Activity for Jan-May 2017, Drownings 7; Rescues 103, Preventative Actions 55,066, First Aid 2,465, Public Contact 86,200, Jet Ski Rescues/Assists 14. Total Beach Attendance 867,188

Roving Activity for Jan-May 2017: Rescues 22, preventative actions 5,254; First Aid 200, Public Contact 9,976, Jet Ski Rescues/assists 17 Total: Beach Attendance 116,868

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