On May 18 and 19, the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center hosted Marine Safety Training for the entire seventh grade from Homer Middle School.
The students ebulliently learned how to avoid, prevent and treat hypothermia. They intrepidly donned immersion suits and several other types of personal flotation devices then practiced skills to improve their chances of surviving cold water immersion. They inquisitively studied the Seven Steps to Survival and how those might apply in the marine environment.
We owe much gratitude to the people and organizations who made this annual event such a raging success. Thank you KKAC pool director, Bridget Kuhns, for providing a wonderful venue.
Thank you HMS principal, Kari Dendurent, for your unwavering support. Thank you life raft trainer, Geo Beach, for your teaching exuberance. Thank you community volunteers Shannon McBride-Morin and Morgan McBride for your enthusiastic assistance. Thank you, AMSEA, the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, for supplying us with the curriculum and equipment upon which this training depends.
Anna Borland-Ivy, AMSEA instructor
Ingrid McKinstry, HMS teacher