• Albuquerque District Park Ranger Bob Garcia, Cochiti Lake, shows a young swimmer how a personal flotation device (PFD) should fit properly at the National Get Outdoors Day held at Tingley Beach June 8, 2013. The PFD must be tight enough so it will not come off over a person's shoulders while strapped together.

    Trying it on!

    Albuquerque District Park Ranger Bob Garcia, Cochiti Lake, shows a young swimmer how a personal flotation device (PFD) should fit properly at the National Get Outdoors Day held at Tingley Beach June 8, 2013. The PFD must be tight enough so it will not...

  • Bobber the Water Safety Dog shakes hands with one of the many new friends he made during National Outdoors Day, June 8, 2013. Kathleen Bennett, outdoor recreation planner with the Albuquerque District, stands by ready to present the child with a bag of water safety goodies.

    Bobber meet and greet

    Bobber the Water Safety Dog shakes hands with one of the many new friends he made during National Outdoors Day, June 8, 2013. Kathleen Bennett, outdoor recreation planner with the Albuquerque District, stands by ready to present the child with a bag of...

  • Oh no! Bobber the Water Safety Dog misses a Frisbee disc thrown by Ranger John Mueller, Abiquiu Lake. Ranger Bob Garcia, Cochiti Lake, stands by to join in the fun. The rangers are standing in the Albuquerque District's new Water Safety Trailer.

    Water safety trailer

    Oh no! Bobber the Water Safety Dog misses a Frisbee disc thrown by Ranger John Mueller, Abiquiu Lake. Ranger Bob Garcia, Cochiti Lake, stands by to join in the fun. The rangers are standing in the Albuquerque District's new Water Safety Trailer.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., -- On Saturday, June 8, Corps' employees from the Albuquerque District participated in National Get Outdoors Day held at Tingley Beach here.

The Corps of Engineers has been participating in this annual, family-focused event for the last several years to help spread the word about water safety. Corps participants this year included Ranger Bob Garcia, Cochiti Lake; Ranger John Mueller, Abiquiu Lake; Kathleen Bennett, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Albuquerque District; and Bobber the Water Safety Dog.

This year, the Corps' representatives revealed their new Water Safety Trailer. Over 400 children and adults visited the trailer where they learned about the importance of learning to swim, swimming with a buddy or with adult supervision, and ALWAYS wearing a properly fitting personal flotation device (water safety vest). Some lucky participants were able to shake hands with Bobber and have their photos taken.

National Get Outdoors Day was coordinated by the New Mexico Outdoors Coalition. Other organizations participating in the event included a number of nonprofit agencies, the US Forest Service, New Mexico Game and Fish, and New Mexico State Parks, and other state and government agencies.

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