Tal­bot Coun­cil com­mends SOS

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A lo­cal wa­ter safety and swim­ming in­struc­tion pro­gram gained the at­ten­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Tal­bot County Coun­cil at its meet­ing on Tues­day, Nov. 28, in Eas­ton. The coun­cil com­mended SOS: Sink or Swim for pro­vid­ing more than “2,500 chil­dren in Tal­bot County from 18 months to 18 years old with the op­por­tu­nity to learn wa­ter safety skills .... ”

EAS­TON — A lo­cal wa­ter safety and swim­ming in­struc­tion pro­gram gained the at­ten­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Tal­bot County Coun­cil at its meet­ing on Tues­day, Nov. 28, in Eas­ton.

The coun­cil com­mended SOS: Sink or Swim, founded by Libby Moose, for pro­vid­ing more than “2,500 chil­dren in Tal­bot County from 18 months to 18 years old with the op­por­tu­nity to learn wa­ter safety skills, in­clud­ing the life­sav­ing skill of know­ing how to swim, all at no charge.”

Ac­com­pa­nied by Pre­ston Peper, di­rec­tor of Tal­bot County Parks and Recre­ation, Moose ac­cepted the com­men­da­tion.

Moose, who is pres­i­dent of the four-year-old or­ga­ni­za­tion, said in­struc­tors pro­vided more than 1,100 les­sons in Eas­ton and St. Michaels in 2017.

“We’ll have as much, if not more, next year. We want to ac­com­mo­date more kids with a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence,” Peper said.

Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Corey Pack asked Moose what made her want to get in­volved.

“I went to camp as a kid, and we learned a lot of les­sons — mainly wa­ter safety,” Moose said. “When I moved here to the East­ern Shore, it just dawned on me that we have so many miles of wa­ter­front, and so many peo­ple don’t have ac­cess to the wa­ter. You hear the sto­ries: Peo­ple get hot and jump in, like off a bridge or some­thing, and tragedy hap­pens.”

“After all of my ex­pe­ri­ence, I thought, this is maybe one way I can start some­thing that will help many peo­ple, not just kids, have fun and hope­fully teach them a life les­son,” Moose said.

“Along with found­ing fis­cal spon­sor, the Miles River Yacht Club Foun­da­tion, and cur­rent part­ners, the St. Michaels Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, the Tal­bot County Depart­ment of Parks & Recre­ation, and new fis­cal spon­sor Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum, the SOS: Sink or Swim Pro­gram has grown and con­tin­ues to grow into one of the most well known, es­sen­tial pro­grams in our area which might pos­si­bly save a life,” the com­men­da­tion stated.

“Our pro­gram is more about be­ing able to be safe on the wa­ter and help adults know their kids are safe,” Moose said. “The goal is to help peo­ple be suc­cess­ful.”

PHOTO BY CON­NIE CON­NOLLY

Libby Moose, left, pres­i­dent of SOS: Sink or Swim, and Pre­ston Peper, di­rec­tor of Tal­bot County Parks and Recre­ation, right, ac­cept a com­men­da­tion for their work with the swim­ming ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram from Tal­bot County Coun­cil­man Dirck Bartlett.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF SOS

This lit­tle girl learned wa­ter safety while hav­ing fun through the SOS: Sink or Swim pro­gram headed by Libby Moose.

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