Lifeguard teaches beach safety to Walker Elementary students

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Walker Elementary students Reann Cato, Journey Napoleon, Paige Morgan and Katrina Williams identify several items needed at the beach during a beach safety presentation on Thursday. Okaloosa County lifeguard James Stultz and his assistant, Buddy the dolphin, educated students on beach safety.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 03:12 PM.

CRESTVIEW — As the school year closes and summer quickly approaches, Walker Elementary School ensured its students will know beach safety following a presentation focused on life preservation.

"I learned that you should bring a buddy (to the beach)," Stephen Sutherland, 10, said.

"I also learned that if you get stung by a jellyfish, that you need to see a lifeguard," Brooke Lesher, 10, said.

Several classes on Thursday received such tips from Okaloosa County lifeguard James Stultz and his assistant, Buddy the dolphin.

The goal was to prevent students from becoming statistics.

"We just felt that there was a need for local kids to start learning about beach safety," Stultz said. "Florida is one of the leading states in the country for pediatric drowning incidents and we are trying everything we can to curtail those numbers."   

Stultz instructed students to ask parents for permission before swimming anywhere, and to look for a red beach flag indicating dangerous conditions. Additionally, he said to stay calm, let rip currents take them farther out and swim parallel to the shoreline to break free of the current.

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