Middle School News

Scientists Teach Ocean Safety

6th Grade Physical Education 2016

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Scot Allen


Chad Yoshinaga, a Research Operations Supervisor with 22-years of experience with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and David McVay, a Lieutenant in N.O.A.A.'s Commissioned Officer Corps, visited Mr. O'Connell's 6th grade P.E. classes Tuesday, Sept. 8.

N.O.A.A. is a federal agency responsible for researching, studying, and collecting data about the earth's oceans and the Earth's atmosphere. Since much of their research is done on the water, N.O.A.A. scientists need extensive training and experience working at sea. Chad and David shared their training with our 6th graders by creating three different stations for the students to rotate through.

The three stations:

1. Life Raft Safety - abandon ship, survival jump, flotation devices, swim as a team, getting everyone in the life raft, paddling to safety.

2. Rescue Skills - swimming with lifeguard buoys, saving a partner

3. Flotation Survival - proper use of life-preservers, group HELP/huddle positions.

Chad and David also left the students with some words of advice if they ever found themselves lost at sea! "Stay calm (don't panic). Stay together (never leave the group). Stay alive. Teamwork increases your chances for survival, so combine your group's physical and mental resources to improve your odds of rescue."

-- Kevin O'Connell