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Oak Island Water Safety Stations

We have a new project! Oak Island Water Safety Stations will provide a rescue tube flotation buoy and educational sign at each public beach accesses on Oak Island, NC. 1 in 4 bystanders that attempt to rescue a drowning person in the ocean become a drowning fatality themselves, usually due to a lack of flotation device being the utilized.

JHMF is partnering with the Town of Oak Island to place rescue tubes at the beach accesses that can be used by a bystander attempting a rescue if they are unwilling or feel unable to wait for emergency personnel to arrive on scene. The rescue tubes have images and text in English and Spanish on what to do in an emergency. These tubes come from the Rescue Tube Foundation, a nonprofit based in Hawaii, whose rescue tubes are used on beaches around the world. Each station will also have an informational sign with a QR code that directs to the current beach condition as issued by NOAA and NWS. The sign also educates beachgoers on what beach condition flags mean, what to do in an emergency, and the access location of the water safety station.
JHMF is offering the opportunity for community members and businesses to sponsor a Water Safety Station at the donor level of $250. 

This is a unique and meaningful way to support your local beach. Donations may be made via this website or by check made payable to Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation and mailed to JHMF at:
3181 George II Hwy Suite E
Southport, NC 28461

Exciting News!

As of 8/12/22 all rescue tube stations have been sponsored due to the overwhelming generosity of the community! But you can still donate to this great project.  Any future donations will go to a restricted fund for the maintenance of the stations and towards future rescue tube programs.

Oak Island Water Safety Stations
Oak Island Water Safety Stations

Swimming Lessons

Swim for life

Many people within our community often do not learn the critical water safety and swimming skills to keep them safe. The Y is working to address this important issue by offering Swim for Life, a free water safety and swimming program. With so many bodies of water throughout the Wilmington area, it is critical that we provide individuals with the basic knowledge of water safety to reduce the risk of drowning or injury.

Brunswick School of FISH

Brunswick School of FISH is a partnership between Brunswick Community College Sports & Aquatics Complex and the Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation.

Swim Scholarships will be provided for local children to take swimming lessons FREE of charge that have not been able to attend due to cost. After being chosen through an application process, they will then begin their eight week session of learning basic swimming and water safety skills that will help them be safer in and around the water.

Swim Lesson Providers


  1. Brunswick Community College Sports & Aquatics Complex: Private and group lessons available on an on-going basis, American Red Cross curriculum
    Phone: 910-846-2348
  2. Brunswick County Parks & Recreation
         Lessons in summer
    Phone: 910-253-2670
  3. Michelle Ring:
         Phone: 910-617-8771
  4. Fort Caswell Summer Swim Program
    American Red Cross group lessons
    Phone: 910-278-9501
  5. The Mobile Mermaid: Kasia Foltyn
    Phone: 910-707-3707
         Serving Brunswick + Southeast NC


  1. Aquatic Adventures NC Clinton Donald
         Phone: 910-742-8671
  2. EveryBODY Swim Renee Murphy
    Phone: 910-540-2161
  3. Wilmington Swim Academy
  4. YMCA of Southeastern NC
    Group lessons, community swim & water safety lessons
    Phone: 910-251-8196 x235
  5. UNCW Aquatic Center Learn to Swim Program
         American Red Cross Swim program
  6. Amanda Shrethra, ISR
         Phone: 910-431-9726
  7. Ann Fuerst, ISR
         Phone: 440-334-7112

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Phone: 910-477-0837

3181 George II Highway, Suite E
Southport, NC 28461