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NDPA Seal of Safer Pool Practices

Do you own or manage a class “C” pool facility?  Do you own or manage a public aquatic facility?   Hotels, Motels, Apartments, Condominiums, Homeowner Associations, Water Parks, Colleges and Universities, Public Pools, and Multi-Family Property owned pools; this program is for you!  Click HERE to register online.

The NDPA Seal of Safer Pool Practices program is intended to help reduce the risks and liabilities associated with water-related incidents, as well as reducing resulting costs to facilities.  Click HERE to register via mail and pay by check or money order.

Interested in registering to participate in The NDPA Seal of Safer Pool Practices program?  Click HERE to view the Seal of Safer Pool Practices booklet

 

2013 NDPA Symposium Coming Up in March

The 2013 NDPA Symposium is quickly approaching.

The NDPA Annual Drowning Prevention Symposium is being held Wednesday,         March 13 – Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Bahia Mar Doubletree Ft. Lauderdale.

Our host hotel, Bahia Mar Doubletree
Ft. Lauderdale, is sold out of our group rate.  
Please contact the hotel directly, (866) 708-1590, for their standard rate.
Our use www.hotels.com for hotels in the area. 

To register for the Symposium  CLICK HERE
To view the Symposium Onsite Program CLICK HERE

NDPA Symposium/Rescue Water Craft Workshop

K38 Water Safety in association with NDPA presents:

NDPA Symposium – Rescue Water Craft Workshop
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013 (Post NDPA Symposium)
Course Fee: $165
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (lunch break)

This 8 Hour classroom course is designed for the professional development of Rescue Water Craft (RWC) basics for occupational use.  Rescue Water Craft are small powered boats known in the recreational sector as Personal Watercraft (PWC).  Students will enhance their operational capability with a standard 3-tier platform that explains a methodical layered approach to technical operations.

Students will be issued a certificate of professional development and will receive digital information for RWC maintenance, rescue board applications, training standards and video clips for review and use.  A written exam will be conducted.  Certificate is valid for a period of three years. This is an intensive 8 hour program.  Students are to come prepared to class with a computer/iPad/notebook/thumb drive and pen.  Attire is casual.  Refreshments will be offered.

To register for this course CLICK HERE
Please direct registration questions to ndpa@suncoastmeetings.com

 

 

 

 

2013 Lifesaver of the Year Facebook Contest

It’s that time of year again… time to start nominating your  Lifesaver of the Year! On October 3, 2012, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and USA Swimming Foundation launched a national competition in search for the 2013 Lifesaver of the Year.

Do you know a hero that has impacted your life or the lives of others in a water related incident? The competition rules are simple. Nominations may be submitted on the NDPA Facebook page by clicking the “Lifesaver” contest tab to complete the nomination form. A photo of the nominee may be uploaded, and a brief description of the nominee should demonstrate how he or she has impacted someone’s life or the lives of others in a water-related capacity.

The submission period begins October 3, 2012, and Facebook fans will vote among the top 10 finalists in December 2012. Facebook fans may vote up to once per day or every 24-hour period. The submission with the most votes will be crowned the “2013 Lifesaver of the Year” and invited to the 12th Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from March 13-15, 2013. Hotel, airfare and conference fees are covered in the prize package.

Lifesaver of the Year 2013 Contest Rules

1. Eligibility: For this contest, any legal U.S. resident above the age of 18 is eligible to nominate any person who serves as a lifeguard or has participated in some life-saving water activity. Employees of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and USA Swimming Foundation (“Sponsors”), their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, franchisees, divisions, advertising, promotional, fulfillment and marketing agencies (collectively, together with Sponsors, the “Contest Entities”), their immediate families (parent, child, sibling or spouse) and persons living in the same households as such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

Ten (10) finalists will be selected by a governing committee chosen by the Sponsors based on criteria set by Sponsors board of directors. One (1) grand-prize winner will be selected from the pool of finalists based on the number of votes from the Facebook community. The winner of the Competition will receive a trip to the 12th Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, FL from March 13-15, 2013. Hotel, airfare and conference fees will be covered for the winner of the Competition.

2. How to Enter: Go to http://www.facebook.com/NationalDrowningPreventionAlliance, and click on the “Lifesaver of the Year” contest tab. To enter, nominees must complete the form and include an essay up to 500 words describing how their nominee has impacted their life or the lives of others in a water-related capacity. Complete the nominator and nominee information. This information will be used to contact winners and collect further information as needed to process campaign details.

Read and agree to the Official Rules. All contestants must have a valid email address. Limit one (1) entry per person. Limit one (1) entry per e-mail address. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. [...]

Simple Steps Save Lives With These Pool Safely Tips

The Pool Safely campaign provides information on the simple steps that parents, caregivers and pool owners should ensure that children and adults stay safe around pools and spas:

Stay close, be alert and watch children in and around the pool. Never leave children unattended in a pool or spa; always watch children closely around all bodies of water; teach children basic water safety skills; and keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings.
Learn and practice water safety skills. Every family member should know how to swim. Learn how to perform CPR on both children and adults.
Have appropriate equipment for your pool or spa. This includes pool fencing, a lockable safety cover for spas, proper drain covers to avoid entrapments and lifesaving equipment such as life rings and a reaching pole.

The Pool Safely campaign was launched in 2010 to raise awareness about pool and spa safety, as mandated by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. This year the campaign is increasing its focus on populations most at risk of drowning, including children younger than five years old who represent about 75 percent of child drowning fatalities and African American and Hispanic children between the ages of 5 and 14 who drown at higher rates than white children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data from USA Swimming indicates that 70 percent of African American children and 62 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim.

By |September 17th, 2012|What's Happening|0 Comments|

Registration for the NDPA 2013 Symposium is Now Open!!

The NDPA 2013 Symposium will be held Wednesday, March 13 – Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Bahia Mar Doubletree in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Early Bird registration has begun!
Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing (ends January 31, 2013)
$299 – Members
$350 – Non-Members

Click Here to Register!

Host Hotel:
Bahia Mar Doubletree Ft. Lauderdale will be our host hotel.  Come experience the essence of a tranquil retreat set on the pristine Ft. Lauderdale Beach, minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades and the airport.  Take pleasure in the waterside relaxation of Fort Lauderdale, enjoy your favorite cocktail at a seaside café, and watch the waves kiss the shore or browse the chic boutiques of the shopping districts.

We have negotiated a very special rate of only $135 per night for Courtyard/Marina View or $165 per night for Tower, Partial Ocean View (limited availability) for this fabulous hotel for the Sympoiusm.  This rate is also good if you want to stay for the weekend (on a space available basis of course).  Book Early…at this amazing rate this hotel will fill up fast!!

You can make hotel reservations at the Bahia Mar Double Tree Ft. Lauderdale by going to the website address below.

Click Here for Hotel Reservations

You may also call the hotel to make your reservation at (800) 222-8733 and mention code DPA for the group rate.

Important:
Sleeping rooms are first come first serve – once the room block is full our NDPA rate many not be available.  Please make sleeping room arrangements as far in advance as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at ndpa@suncoastmeetings.

Register today! This is an event you are not going to want to miss!!
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Summer 2012 Drowning Reports For Pools And Spas

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign released information stating that based on compiled media reports, 137 children younger than 15 drowned in a pool or spa between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year.  In addition, 168 children of that age required emergency response for non-fatal incidents in pools or spas during that period.

“Drowning is preventable, said Kim Burgess, executive director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “That’s why the NDPA is committed to partnering with the CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign to help educate the public.

“We urge everyone to follow the Safer3 tips for best water safety practices,” said Burgess. “For Safer Water, prevent children’s unsupervised access with barriers and alarms; for Safer Kids, designate a “Water Watcher” to supervise kids when they are in or around water and teach them swimming and water safety skills from a young age; for Safer Response, learn CPR and have a phone and a reaching pole by the pool.”

An analysis of news media reports for this summer show that 54 of these drownings occurred shortly after the children left an adult who was in their immediate vicinity, and 31 children drowned despite the presence of others at the pool.

This summer’s news reports are consistent with CPSC’s annual reports, showing that young children and toddlers are especially vulnerable to drowning— at least 100 of the 137 children who drowned were younger than 5. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4.

“These figures are a strong indication that child drownings are a serious public health problem,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “We are losing too many children to drowning, tragically cutting short these young [...]

By |September 14th, 2012|What's Happening|1 Comment|

2012 International Adapted Aquatics Conference

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) held its 1ST Annual International Adapted Aquatics Conference at the International Swimming Hall of Fame April 30 through May 1, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Be sure to check out all the speaker presentations focused on safer water, safer kids/adults and safer response here!

“Innovative & Fun Visual Supports” by Tammy Anderson- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Title II & Title III of the ADA” by Robert Finer- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Layers of Protection” by Marlene Bloom- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Kids Saving & Changing Lives” by Kellie Maier- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Mr. Blue’s Water Safety Puppet Show” by Julie Gross- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Breaking the Shell of Autism” by Dan Vawter- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Building Your Special Needs Team” by Tara Girch- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Save a Life” by Sue Nelson- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Promoting Positive Behaviors” by Stacy Layer- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Connecting the Dots” by Melissa Sutton- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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“Teaching Swimming to Children with Autism” by Maricarmen Saleta- Adapted Aquatics Conference 2012
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Monica Lepore “National Drowning Prevention Alliance Adapted Aquatics Conference” International Adapted aquatics Conference 2012
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Lana Whitehead “Swimming Promotes Sensory Integration” Adapted Aquatics [...]

2012 Symposium Presentations

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) held its 11th Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium at the Hyatt Mission Bay in March 2012. View all the speaker presentations on water safety, safer kids and adults, and safer response here.

Swimming Promotes Sensory Integration by Lana Whitehead
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Marketing Drowning Prevention Effectively by Rebecca Wear Robinson
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Hiring Practices to Make Your Water Safer by Nicole Van Winkle & Cheryl Salazar
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Scientific Benefits of Early Swim Lessons by Lana Whitehead
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Pool Safely National Drowning Prevention Campaign by Kathleen Reilly
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Model Aquatic Health Code by Julie Gilchrist, MD
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Cold Water Dangers and Benefits by Gordon Giesbrecht
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Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project by Bob Pratt & David Benjamin
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Water Safety Programs by Angela Mikalide
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Hannah’s Foundation by Andrew Plint
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Shallow Water Blackout Prevention by Rhonda Milner
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Child Death Review Teams: Part 1 by Teri Covington
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Child Death Review Teams: Part 2 by Teri Covington
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Child Death Review Teams: Part 3 by Teri Covington
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Safer Water, Response, Kids & Adults with Autism by Tammy Anderson
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Immunization for Drowning by Steve Beerman
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