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Lessons Learned from Others’ Mistakes

Water SafetyYou are invited to attend a dynamic 30-minute Water Safety Program presented by uniformed veteran Deschutes County Marine Deputy Tom Teaford. The presentation will take place during the 2016 Central Oregon Sportsmens Show in the “Red Theater” at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center.

Dates and Times

  • Friday, March 4th, at 4pm
  • Saturday, March 5th, at 11am
  • Sunday, March 6th, at 11am

Deputy Teaford will cover several drownings that have occurred in Deschutes County. All incidents involved popular local on-the-water activities, including swimming and boating.

Through photos and information gleaned from investigative reports, the deputy will lead the audience through the events leading to each drowning and learn how a series of small, seemingly innocent mistakes can lead to tragedy. General topics include the effects of cold water immersion, peer pressure, and risk evaluation.

After each incident, there will be discussion about how such mistakes could have been prevented. The deputy will also reveal some fresh and largely unknown information about life jackets which everyone will find intriguing.

About Deputy Teaford

Tom Teaford, age 63, retired federal law enforcement ranger, with extensive waterway patrol experience:

  • 12 years with the National Park Service at Whiskeytown Lake (California) and Lake Roosevelt (Washington),
  • 12 years with the Bureau of Land Management on the Lower Deschutes River in central Oregon.
  • Deschutes County Marine Deputy since June 2008. Two lifesaving awards from the Oregon State Marine Board.


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