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2022 Drowning Prevention Symposium

2022 Drowning Prevention Symposium

The Drowning Prevention Symposium - presented by NDPA

Join the NDPA for the Drowning Prevention Symposium at the 2022 World Aquatic Health Conference!

October 13 & 14, 2022!

The 2022 Drowning Prevention Symposium, presented by NDPA, will be hosted October 13 & 14, 2022. The NDPA has teamed up with the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) to host the Drowning Prevention Symposium as part of the 2022 World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC). Attendees wishing to the attend the symposium in-person must register as an attendee of the WAHC. Attendees wishing to participate in the Drowning Prevention Symposium virtually can register below.

Virtual Registration: $149 per person (Drowning Prevention Symposium Only)

In-Person Registration: Pricing Varies (Must register for WAHC)


Virtual Drowning Prevention Symposium Agenda

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Day 1 – October 13

  • 9:00 AM CT:

    Morning Networking

    Start Day 1 of the Drowning Prevention Symposium off right by joining other attendees for our morning networking session.

  • 10:00 AM CT

    Symposium Opening Session & Daily Welcome

    Join us as we welcome all attendees to the 2022 Drowning Prevention Symposium, presented by the NDPA.

    10:00 AM CT

  • 10:15 AM CT

    "Every Child a Swimmer" Florida Legislation & Scholarship

    More than 50 years ago, it was the vision of Dr. Bill Kent, Chairman of the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), to have “Every Child A Swimmer.” His vision has turned into a movement in the swimming world to address childhood drowning. Dr. Kent has spearheaded the “Every Child A Swimmer” legislation, which passed the Florida House and Senate this year. Starting in the new school year for 2022, the legislation will require Florida schools to ask if a child has participated in swimming lessons as a part of their school-entry health exam. It will also require schools to provide information regarding swimming lessons if the parents report that their children have not participated in swimming lessons prior to entering kindergarten. It is now our goal to take this legislation national. This session will provide additional insight into the program and discuss scholarship opportunities available.

    PRESENTERS: Mary Jackson & Dan Vawter

  • 11:30 AM CT

    A Report of the NDPA Research Summit: Advancing Water Safety Through Research

    As part of the 2014 Global Drowning Report from the World Health Organization, action steps were laid out to address drowning worldwide. One of the actions steps was to address priority research questions. Join us for a discussion on research and data collection in water safety and drowning prevention.

    Panelists: Tessa Celmens, CDC & Adam Katchmarchi, NDPA

    11:30 AM CT

  • 1:30 PM CT

    Update on the US National Water Safety Action Plans Development

    This session will provide an update on the development of the U.S. National Water Safety Action Plan. Learn about the development process, expected outcomes, how you can participate, and what the launch of the plan will mean.

    Presenters: Megan Ferraro, Connie Harvey, & Lindsay Mondick

  • 2:45 PM CT

    Advocating for Legislation & Adoption of Standards/Code

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Act of 2008 is the only federal water safety legislation in history. There have long been calls for addressing and advancing water safety through federal action, yet limited progress has been made. Many have turned towards advocating for state level legislation to enhance water safety. Hear from experts about what can be accomplished through legislation, what progress has been made, and how you can help.

    2:45 PM CT

  • 4:00 PM CT

    Open Water Swimming Safety

    Teenagers and adults are most at risk in open water settings. However, there is limited focus on these populations and open water settings. Join us for a discussion on how we can impact these staggering statistics.

  • 5:00 PM CT

    Afternoon Networking

    Close out Day 1 of the Drowning Prevention Symposium networking with other water safety professionals!

    5:00 PM CT

Day 2 – October 14

  • 8:00 AM CT

    Morning Networking

    Start Day 2 of the Drowning Prevention Symposium off right by joining other attendees for our morning networking session.

  • 9:00 AM CT

    How to Manage the Commercial Crisis

    More information will be available soon on this session.

    9:00 AM CT

  • 11:00 AM CT

    The Effects of the Commercial Crisis on Water Safety and Facility Programming

    COVID-19 has disrupted the entire world. The economic impacts affecting the world have not spared water safety. Join us for an NDPA “Water Safety Town Hall” as we discuss the impact COVID-19 had on drowning prevention efforts, how current economic and employment trends affect our work, and what we’ve learned. Be ready to share your experiences and recovery stories!

  • 1:00 PM CT

    Technology as a Layer of Protection: Examining Old & New Water Safety Tech

    Using layers of protection to address drowning is an important safety approach. As part of this session, learn about the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) and how it requires physical layers of protection where the code has been adopted. Also learn about new drowning prevention technology that adds new layers of protection to enhance safety in residential and commercial aquatic settings.

    1:00 PM CT

  • 2:00 PM CT

    Symposium Closing & Networking

    Join the leadership of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance for our closing session of the 2022 Drowning Prevent Symposium and learn about the 2023 National Water Safety Conference.