The Hard And Soft Sides Of Jersey Shore’s Don Walsh
On one side, he is hardened having swum 240 straight months – 20 years – swimming in the ocean along the coast of New Jersey, from the cold depths of winter when the water dips below 5°C and in the humid heat of summer. He served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam and has trained more than 7,000 Navy SEAL candidates, preparing them for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL school (BUDS).
On the other hand, he is author of Teach the Beach, illustrated by Lorraine Dey. He explains about the children’s book, “I spent my summers growing up at the Jersey Shore and many of those summers as an ocean lifeguard. As you can imagine, I am very comfortable in the ocean. During those summers, 13 children drowned after hours when the beaches were not guarded.
I wanted to do something to help prevent this from happening again and that’s when I came up with the idea to write a children’s book with the hopes that parents would read the book to their children. My book would then educate the parents and children at the same time about water safety in the ocean. If this book saves one life, it’s worth everything to me.”
In Teach the Beach, children can follow the Sands family on their vacation to the shore town of Seaside Delight. Little Sean and his sister, Summer, along with their parents will learn some important safety tips about swimming in the ocean while making some very special friends. Find out who their new friends are and what valuable lessons they learn on this vacation.”
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