With its proximity to the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Babylon Town officials are urging residents to be extra careful in the water this summer.

“With all the fun that activities like swimming and boating bring us, we must also be aware of the dangers they can cause,” said Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer at a press conference at Venetian Shores on Monday.

Joining Schaffer was Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, Town Board members, and other elected officials, where they collectively announced the Town has partnered with Pool Safely, an organization focused on backyard water safety, to create “Pool Safely Week” from July 1 through July 7.

During the week, the Schaffer recommends residents to check out the town amenities such as Babylon Town’s Parks Department’s swimming lessons.

To further the message of water safety, community activist Gina Lieneck, who tragically lost her daughter in a boating accident, spoke to the crowd.  During her speech, she talked about Brianna’s Law, legislation she got passed that raises the standards for boating safety education in New York State.

At the conclusion of the event, elected officials and community members made a pledge the town’s waters safe.

“We hope that our residents use today as an opportunity to remind themselves to be safe on, in and around the water,” said Schaffer.

Top: Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer at the water safety awareness event at Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst. (Courtesy)