As an educational resource for the United States and beyond, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance strives to place emphasis on research, awareness, and policy changes to impact the incidence of toddler drownings in swimming pools, bathtubs, spas and jacuzzis. The result has been an unprecedented growth and presence in national and local drowning prevention efforts.
The NDPA was willed into existence in November 2004 thanks to the vision and effort of D&D Technologies to establish a national organization devoted to drowning prevention. Previous efforts included organizing the first National Drowning Prevention Symposium in 2002 which took place in Las Vegas, NV. This was the first event of its kind bringing together a plurality of aquatic safety organizations and advocates to discuss challenges and opportunities in the advancement of drowning prevention.
Former NDPA Board Members (from left): Kim Tyson, Tomas LeClerc, Mary Ann Downing, and Bob Ogoreuc.
A couple of years after the Las Vegas event, the NDPA was officially established as a 501(c)(3) organization for public benefit.
Our main goal at the NDPA is to bring together everyone who has a vested interest in drowning prevention and water safety. Through our vast network of partners, members, advocates, and supporters, we are able to provide education and resources to prevent drowning and aquatic injury by making water safe to enjoy.
Looking to further our goal of reducing the number of unintentional drownings registered in the country and worldwide in innovative yet effective ways, we are adding a new channel to share our educational efforts as well as those of our partners and advocates: our very own blog!.
We hope to leverage this new channel to connect with all our supporters in such a way that proves beneficial to the general public through the sharing of educational and informative resources, insights and current studies made readily available for any- and every-body.
As a relentless force to be reckoned with, the NDPA will continue to pursue its number one goal to put an end to child drownings being the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
Drowning IS preventable!
Find ways to get involved in water safety education in your community here.