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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 www.wlsl.org.


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 www.wlsl.org to learn more.

2013 Recreational Boating Fatalities – Lowest on Record

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2013 Recreational Boating Statistics Wednesday, revealing that boating fatalities that year totaled 560 — the lowest number of boating fatalities on record.

From 2012 to 2013, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased 14 percent, from 651 to 560, and injuries decreased from 3,000 to 2,620, a 12.7 percent reduction. The total reported recreational boating accidents decreased from 4,515 to 4,062, a 10 percent decrease.

The fatality rate for 2013 of 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 13 percent decrease from the previous year’s rate of 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Property damage totaled approximately $39 million.

“We are pleased that there have been fewer accidents on waterways in recent years and thank our partners for their work,” said Capt. Jon Burton, director of inspections and compliance at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. “Together we will continue to stress the importance of life jacket use, boating education courses and sober boating.”

The report states alcohol use was the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 17 percent of deaths. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and machinery failure ranked as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.

Where the cause of death was known, 77 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned; of those drowning victims, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. Where boating instruction was known, 20 percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received boating safety instruction. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats, personal watercraft and cabin motorboats.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water: wear a life jacket, take a boating [...]

¿La nueva NDPA.ORG en español? ¡Sí!

(Read this post in English)

Cuando los miembros de la NDPA hablan sobre el problema del ahogamiento, lugares como Texas, Arizona, Nuevo México, California y Florida, a menudo, forman parte de la conversación. Su geografía y la cantidad de piscinas en los patios, aumentan las estadísticas de riesgo de ahogamiento en estas zonas del país. Sin embargo, estos lugares tienen algo más en común: el idioma español.

El español es el segundo idioma más común en los Estados Unidos, con más de 38 millones de personas que lo hablan como lengua principal en sus hogares. Muchos de ellos establecen sus hogares en Texas, Arizona, Nuevo México, California y Florida. Las conversaciones sobre el ahogamiento y la prevención de las lesiones acuáticas, claramente deben tener lugar también en español.

Esto no quiere decir que el idioma sea el problema. Por supuesto, no lo es. De hecho, los datos de la CDC sobre el ahogamiento muestran tasas ligeramente más bajas entre los hispanos en los Estados Unidos. Y el español es común en todo los EE.UU., no sólo en el sur y suroeste. Dos terceras partes de nuestras sucursales se encuentran en Estados con poblaciones significativas de habla hispana. Tenemos miembros y socios en Puerto Rico y sistemáticamente recibimos visitantes a nuestro sitio web de Centro y Sur América, en busca de la información que nosotros proporcionamos.

La cuestión es que la NDPA no puede ser un recurso nacional de información sobre el ahogamiento y la prevención de lesiones acuáticas si no proporcionamos esa información en español. Así que lo estamos empezado a hacer hoy.

VLinc Corporation, la empresa asociada con NDPA que nos proveyó el diseño y el alojamiento de esta web, también está financiando la creación de una versión [...]

The new NDPA.ORF in Spanish? Yes!

( Leer esto en español )

When members of the NDPA talk about the drowning problem, places like Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Florida are often part of the conversation.  Geography and the prevalence of backyard pools increase the drowning risk statistics in these parts of the country.  But these places have something else in common: Spanish.

Spanish is the second most common language in the United States with over 38 million people speaking it as a primary language in the home. Many of them make their homes in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Florida. These conversations about drowning and aquatic injury prevention clearly need to be happening in Spanish too.

This isn’t to say that the language is the problem.  Of course, it isn’t. In fact, the CDCs data on drowning shows slightly lower rates for Hispanics in the United States.  And Spanish is common all over the U.S. – not just in the south and southwest. Two-thirds of our chapters are in States with significant Spanish speaking populations. We have members and partners in Puerto Rico, and we routinely get website visitors from Central and South America, looking to us for information.

The point is that the NDPA can’t be a national resource for information on drowning and aquatic injury prevention if we don’t provide that information in Spanish. So we are starting today.

VLinc Corporation, the NDPA partner company that provided the design and hosting of this website, is funding the creation of a Spanish version of NDPA.ORG as well.  Look for the official launch of the site on May 15st.  Until then – here are the NDPA water safety tips in the second most common language in the world. (English is 3rd)

Cars Sink More Than You Think

Every year in the U.S., somewhere between 1,200 to 1,500 vehicles go off the road and into a body of water. These incidents account for 400-600 drowning deaths.  That’s why, when the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County  discovering that the third leading cause of drowning in their county was motor vehicle crashes into canals, they really got to work.

Last year they put out an excellent brochure on how to escape a sinking vehicle.  They’ve followed up this year with their Crash, Splash, and Escape Coloring and Activity Book.  Geared for kids, this resource will clearly help everyone in the car understand what they should do in the event of a sinking vehicle emergency.

Download the coloring book for your kids (or just for you).  It is written in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole as well!


For a comprehensive look at vehicle submersion and self-rescue, view the article and videoclip, “Escape and Rescue from Submerged Vehicles” at the Lifesaving Resources’ website of NDPA Board Member Gerry Dworkin.


2014 Conference Photos

Email your images to admin@ndpa.org and we’ll put them in the gallery.


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.