• World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event set for June 22, 2017

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event set for June 22, 2017

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event set for June 22, 2017

The nation’s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) June 22, 2017, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 22nd, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons to make noise that Swimming Lessons Save Lives. You pick your event start time anytime on June 22, 2017.

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and the many different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance supports Team WLSL™ in our mission and encourages members and aquatic facilities to join the effort by registering as an official WLSL Host Location or volunteering for the 2017 event.  More information and registration is available at


About The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created as a platform to help aquatic facilities and the many different regional, national and international water safety organizations work together to communicate the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. Visit to learn more.

You Dared to Ask – Thank You!

Letter from the 2014 Educational Conference Chair

Sue Nelson – NDPA – Secretary


Conference theme ideas are a source of inspiration for the people organizing events as well as the audience who attend the event.

This year’s theme “Dare to Ask” inspired all of us before and during the conference. It allowed us to go outside the box of what we normally would. I have been pleased to receive emails that attendees are literally carrying on the “Dare to Ask” theme into their daily lives.  I want to thank all presenters for giving of the time and especially the ones who incorporated the “Dare to Ask” into their presentations.

The NDPA Board is very pleased with the number of attendees who participated in the post conference surveys. There were many great comments and we also appreciate the ideas that were offered for next year.  We are taking all of these ideas into consideration as we actively start planning the 2015 Annual Conference.  These ideas will help us to build towards our mission to be the leading source for all drowning prevention advocates.


Thank you all who participated in the raffles and silent auction to raise funds for the NDPA scholarships.

Raffle one: 2015 Dallas registration    – Charlie Paxton won but gave to the Families United group to award next year as a scholarship

Raffle two:  Daily Evaluations –Complimentary NDPA 2015 Dallas conference registration – Annette Bogen, Quality Swimming

Raffle three: 4 Orlando Universal tickets – Charlie Paxton, University of South Florida

Raffle four: Dinner with USA Swimming athlete Justine Mueller Bowker – Alissa Magrum, Colin’s Hope

Raffle five: Overall survey – Complimentary NDPA 2015 Dallas registration – Cameron Speechley from Brisbane, Austrailia


I do want to extend a special Thank You to all of [...]

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National Water Safety Awareness Month Participation Webinar

Join USA Swimming for a free a webinar outlining ideas on how your program can participate in National Water Safety Awareness Month! We will go into detail on how you can participate in the events below to promote swimming and water safety to your communities!

May 5th – Otter Spotter Day 
May 15th – International Water Safety Day
May 31st – Community Water Safety Events (in conjunction with the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Tour, presented by Phillips 66)


For a more detailed view of the above events and some activation ideas on how your program can get involved click here PDF document .



2014 Conference Photos

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U.S. Swim School Association 2012 International Conference

The US Swim School Association will be hosting an International Conference after the Annual Conference on Oahu, Oct. 14-16.

Darren Hardy will be speaking at the conference.

The Kauai Marriott has expanded their room options for attendees to include rooms for pre and post stays but they are limited. Please be sure to reserve your room early to ensure they have space.

Visit the Kauai Marriott website to make your reservations at the Marriott – Kauai Resort – Association Link. If you prefer to call the number is (800) 266-9432 and ask for the U.S. Swim School Association rate.

U.S. Swim School Association Annual Conference

U.S. Swim School Association is hosting their 24th Annual Conference Oct. 10-12 at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Hotel on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Bruce Sullivan will be presenting everyday during the conference as the keynote speaker.  Other speakers include Mary Reilly-Magee, Todd & Pam Berry Mason, Miren Oca, Jim Spiers, Dave Dubois, Niko Saito, Sean Dever, Mark Mahoney, Julia Ham, Jim Spiers, Sharron Crowley, Lynn Ledford, Bob and Kathy Hubbard, Kim O’Shea and Harriett Navarre, Wayne Pollack, and Saskia & Bill Kirby.

Register for this conference online at  Please call Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort (1-800-848-8110) for hotel reservations.  Ask for rate for U.S. Swim School Association. You can also go to the Association website for the hotel reservation link.

Download the conference brochure for more information.

Regional Build a Pool Conferences

2012 USA Swimming Regional Build a Pool Conferences and Save a Pool
Workshops are being held across the country.  The Build a Pool Conference assists swim clubs and their partners to attain their goal of building sustainable aquatic centers that serves the community. The Save a Pool Workshop assists cities with pools that are struggling to stay open due to financial challenges. The goal is to provide information
and sample plans to develop and implement aquatic programs supporting the
operational budget. Click the image below to see the dates and locations of USA Swimming workshops.

2012 International Adapted Aquatics Conference – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) will hold its 1ST Annual International Adapted Aquatics Conference at the International Swimming Hall of Fame April 30 through May 1, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

2012 NDPA Symposium – San Diego, CA

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) held its 11th Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego, California March 7-10, 2012. The Symposium was hosted by the San Diego County Aquatic Council. A planning committee was formed that was facilitated by Co-Chairs Manuel Gonzalez, President San Diego County Aquatic Council and Mary Ann Downing, Executive Board Member of the NDPA; and Kim Burgess, NDPA Executive Director. The Symposium offered the best-of-the-best in drowning prevention programs, strategies, research and information to advance drowning prevention efforts nationwide.

The NDPA’s Annual Symposium is the leading national conference devoted to drowning prevention. This educational event is designed to offer attendees the most current information in research, products, educational programming, outreach strategies, policy & code, international relations, and other topics related to drowning prevention.

Symposium Sponsors contribute to both the overall success and the programming that makes this one of the most highly regarded drowning prevention educational events in the nation.
Click here to view the 2012 NDPA presentations.
Presentation Topic Areas
SAFER WATER: Presentation topics in this Track will focus on programs, strategies, research, or policy that focuses on making the water safer, such as safety products, barriers, supervision, life guarding, enforcement, policy and legislation. Can include residential or commercial pools and spas; community recreation areas; open water such as oceans, beaches, lakes and rivers; bathtubs, buckets, ponds, etc.

SAFER KIDS/ADULTS: Presentation topics will focus on educating and preparing children and adults to be safer around water, such as swim instruction, educational programs, awareness campaigns, life jackets/PFDs, behavior modifications, etc.

SAFER RESPONSE: Presentation topics will focus on the response to drowning incidents, such as emergency preparedness, water rescue techniques and education; CPR and rescue breathing; first [...]