Monday, June 26, 2017

NW Beach Patrol Chief Attends Rip Current/Surf Zone Safety Workshop


On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, Chief Tony Cavalier of North Wildwood Beach Patrol attended the Mid-Atlantic Rip Current and Surf Zone Safety Workshop at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus. This is an annual event that Beach Patrol Chiefs all over the Country attend.

Chief Tony Cavalier was one of two beach patrol Chief’s from Cape May County that attended the event, and the other was Buzz Mogck of Cape May City Beach Patrol. Chief Cavalier attended the workshop in order to gather new/additional information that contributes to the improvement of water safety protocols and rescue techniques.

Attendees were schooled on surf zone forecasts, beach hazards, decision support, technical information on rip currents and rip current validation, pilot projects, validation efforts and forecast models presented by NOAA/NWS, surf zone injuries, rip current initiatives and rip current communication.

Presenter included the National Weather Service of Mt. Holly, NJ, representatives from Stevens Institute of Technology, members of the University of Delaware Sea Grant staff, Assateague State Park Beach Patrol, and DNREC (Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

“Our beach patrol and I look forward to this event every year,” said Chief Tony Cavalier. “These types of workshops are vital because we learn new information every time that is applicable to assuring the safety of our beachgoers,” said Chief Cavalier.

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