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Safe Sitter program transforms area youth with lifesaving and confidence building skill

Safe Sitter program transforms area youth with lifesaving and confidence building skill

Florida Hospital Waterman hosts National Program to help teach teens better babysitting practices

TAVARES, Fla. (May 28, 2014) – Empowering the community’s youth, Florida Hospital Waterman will host their annual Safe Sitter® classes in June. Nationally approved and recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Safe Sitter course is designed to teach boys and girls ages 11 through 13 to confidently and safely care for themselves and younger children when unsupervised. Six Safe Sitter Certified instructors will lead the two-day program. Students participating in the program will not only learn how to administer first aid, choking child rescue and CPR, but how to manage their own babysitting business as well.

“We’re excited to offer the Safe Sitter program again,” said Mary Narmore, MSN-Ed, CMSRN, Manager of Education for Florida Hospital Waterman. “This program is such a great learning opportunity for young teens. After participating in Safe Sitter, students feel more confident caring for younger children and parents can rest at ease knowing their teens are prepared to handle emergencies.”

Florida Hospital Waterman will offer two Safe Sitter sessions, June 12-13 and June 26-27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A graduation ceremony open to family and friends will conclude each of the two-day sessions. Program tuition is $75 per student, which includes snacks, CPR certification card, a Safe Sitter backpack, and other course-related materials.

“Seeing the proud look on parents’ faces during the graduation ceremony is my favorite part of hosting Safe Sitter,” said Charles Srock RN MBA PhDc. “Parents know their kids have worked hard and will reap the benefits for years to come.”

Space is limited and registration is required. Contact the Florida Hospital Waterman Education Department at 352-253-3391 to register.