courtesy of Auqua Magazine and National Water Safety Month.org – nwsm.phta.org
National Water Safety Month’s history of highlighting water awareness and swim safety started in June 2003, when the World Waterpark Association launched its National Water Safety Week. People celebrated this water awareness week for four years. In May 2007, the National Recreation and Park Association, which had been celebrating National Aquatics Week in July from 2004 to 2006, decided, along with the WWA, that a month-long water safety initiative in May would be best because it’s when swim activity increases across the country. That’s when National Water Safety Month was officially born. In May 2009, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (now the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance) joined the partnership, adding waterparks, public pools, and backyard pools to the monthly water safety initiative. Finally, in May 2010, the American Red Cross joined the National Water Safety Month coalition as a key partner. We promote National Water Safety Month through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and business promotions, and easy-to-access water safety materials.
American Red Cross’s Water Safety Resources
The American Red Cross believes that consumers who improve water competency, which includes swimming skills and water smarts, can make water activities safer … and just as much fun. Find swim classes, learn how to make water safety a priority, know what to do in an emergency and understand why you should embrace water safety.
World Waterpark Association’s Water Safety Tips
Swimming is one of life’s greatest pleasures. #BeWaterAware so you can stay safe and enjoy the water at the same time. Learn more about water safety and follow important safety tips.
Pool Safety’s 7 Safety Tips
Swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs are great places for family fun. Ensure everyone follows these simple steps to stay safer in and around water.
International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Water Safety E-Program
One of the missions of the International Swimming Hall of Fame is to promote water safety in all aquatic environments and activities. To meet this goal, the association provides a water safety e-program. Take and pass each module—from drowning prevention and rescue to water safety in pools—by successfully answering questions and print your certificate of accomplishment.
Step Into Swim
Learning to swim means much more than learning strokes; it is learning water survival skills, water safety, and developing comfort in the water.Water safety is about having an educated respect for the water, including an understanding of the layers of protection needed to keep ourselves and our loved ones safer when in, on, and around water. Since 2012, Step Into Swim™ has supported thousands of swim lessons across the globe and played a role in reducing swimming fatalities through this program. The Step Into Swim™ Campaign is a 10-year initiative to create 1 million more swimmers.
United States Swim School Association The United States Swim School Association offers parents information on water safety, as well as things to look for when choosing a swim school here on our website.
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