Avon students learn water survival skills from SBOR

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Principal Christopher Albrizio [from left] presented a certification and a donation to Jackie Izzo and Jacob Burns of Sea Bright Ocean Rescue for the ocean rescues help with the water safety program presented to the students of AES. PHOTO BY ERIN BRAUTIGAN

AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The students at Avon Elementary School [AES] were taught about water safety and trained in how to handle different water emergency situations from Sea Bright Ocean Rescue [SBOR].

Mr. Albrizio explained how former Borough Administrator Timothy Gallagher came up with an assembly to teach the students water safety, which Mr. Albrizio called a “baseline” for continuing education.

According to Mr. Albrizio, in the fall of this school year, he received a phone call from Capt. Mike Hudson of SBOR.

Besides his work with SBOR, Capt. Hudson is also the safety diver for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. He felt the need for “a water-based, field trip style, water skills training that would supplement typical table-top curricular programming,” Mr. Albrizio wrote in a letter to the Sea Bright Borough Council.

Capt. Hudson said that in other countries, first aid and CPR training are taught in schools and is a requirement to graduate. Since this is not the case in America, he said he is trying to get more of an emphasis on finding a way to get children this training.

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