As the 2015 summer swimming season kicks off, communities around the nation are celebrating National Water Safety Month. The seventh annual event is an awareness initiative campaigned and coordinated by the American Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, National Recreation and Park Association, the American Red Cross, and the World Waterpark Association to encourage safe, enjoyable aquatic activities. Past participants have supported their communities through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and business promotions, and distribution of water safety-themed materials.
A number of free resources are available through the National Water Safety Month website to help local health departments provide water safety education and training, including posters, a safe swimming pledge, a Red Cross swim app, and consumer safety brochures. Additionally, the campaign has received state proclamations from all 50 United States governors; those proclamations are available for download and participants are encouraged to post them in their communities.
NACCHO’s Water project has a number of resources available to help local health departments support safe swimming in their communities, including tools and resources from federal partners.