The Town of Long Lake will permit COAST GUARD APPROVED Floatation Devices ONLY in the buoyed designated Kiddie Area of the Town Beach ONLY. There will not be floatation devices permitted beyond the buoyed area.
Why not beyond the buoy’s?
Long Lake Beach has two designated areas for swimming. The kiddie area is a shallow section is for beginners and very young children.
Only strong swimmers who comfortably pass a test are permitted to swim in the deep end and to the swim dock but they will not be permitted to wear a floatation device beyond the Kiddie Area.
Please note: In areas where lifejackets are not permitted are for the following reasons.
-Life jackets provide a false sense of security by allowing a non-swimmer to enter an area that is too deep causing panic and possibly disaster.-Without the flotation device(s) the attending adult will stay with the child.
-A non-swimmer would have a difficult, if not hazardous, situation attempting to regain buoyancy in deep water after slipping off, or out of, the flotation device(s).
-Use of Floatation Devices places a burden on the lifeguard, distracting from his/her guarding duties, to inspect and make sure that all straps and other devices are secure on the person entering the water.
-If one individual is allowed a flotation device, then everyone must be permitted to use one, and not everyone has “approved” equipment.
According to the Coast Guard’s website, life vests should be worn to prevent drowning, but can be useless if not worn properly.
Children panic when they fall into the water suddenly. This causes them to move their arms and legs violently, making it hard to float safely in a PFD (personal flotation device).
A PFD will keep a child afloat, but may not keep a struggling child face-up.
For questions or concerns regarding the Town of Long Lake’s Floatation Device policy please contact the Long Lake Town Supervisor at 518-624-3001