Summer & Water Safety for Au Pairs

DSCN1053On Sunday, June 2nd Au Pairs from 2 Au Pair in America clusters gathered to learn about water and summer safety to enhance their childcare skills for Suffolk County, Long Island host families!  They met at Cindy Garruba’s beach house on the Long Island Sound, enjoyed the beach and some mingling before learning important safety tips!

DSCN1048Reminders about using sunscreen always, identifying poison ivy, tick avoidance and treatment needs, and going to a CPR class.  APIA offers scholarships for their Au Pairs who attend Red Cross classes!  Former life guard and water safety instructor, Senior Community Counselor, Cindy Garruba led the group on basic water safety tips.  Most au pairs will spend some time this summer at their host families’ pools or on one of Long Island’s beautiful beaches.  Sometimes with the host children and sometimes just with friends.  Water safety is essential for everyone!

DSCN1042The au pairs also worked on a Flag Day Contest being sponsored by Au Pair in America’s Global Awareness Program.  They created a poster representing Suffolk County and the countries represented by the Au Pairs here in this area!

DSCN1045DSCN1044We ended with strawberry shortcake, it is Strawberry Season here on Long Island!  DSCN1054

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