Del Valle Open Water Festival

2021 2.5k USMS Mid-Distance National Championship

 

“Vamos a Aprender” (we want to learn) was delivered by the East Bay Regional Park District Lifeguard Service each summer since 2015. 

The program promoted water safety education to 600 “at risk” children ages 7-15 who visited Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, CA.  The 2019 plan includes delivering the program to over 800 children, expansion to other parks and recruitment of additional bilingual lifeguards.

The program is aimed at achieving multiple aspects of the Department of Water Resources and Lifeguard Service public education and water safety mission. 

 

 The program targets the Hispanic population that visits Lake Del Valle on peak summer season weekends.  Bilingual lifeguards provide forty-five minute water safety programs in Spanish, teaching basic water safety with a focus on life jacket safety. 

Key aspects of the program include:

  • Enthusiastic bilingual lifeguard
  • Professional neat and organized training area
  • Recruitment banner
  • Enticing freebies including:
    • Wristbands
    • Coloring books
    • Free lifejacket.