World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. The nation’s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) on June 22, 2017, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons to make noise that Swimming Lessons Save Lives. 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 (NDPA) supports Team WLSL™ in their 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.
2017 National Safety Council Congress & Expo: The world’s largest annual event dedicated to workplace safety will be held September 23-29 in Indianapolis. See first-hand the solutions from more than 1,100 of the industry’s leading solution providers. There will be multiple keynotes and educational sessions as well as opportunities to network with more than 15,000 professionals from the U.S., Canada and more than 70 other countries. Expand your knowledge and understanding about how you can improve your safety programs and cut costs. Sessions are facilitated by industry experts who have overcome similar challenges. Early registration deadline is June 23rd. Click HERE for more information.
National Safe Boating Week: What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if someone ends up in the water. Boating safety advocates across the United States and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating – including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water – during National Safe Boating Week, held from May 20-26, 2017. The North American Safe Boating Campaign unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information and to follow the campaign on social media, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com.
May is National Water Safety Month. The busy summer swim season will soon be upon us and it’s time for all aquatic leaders to be alert and prepared by orienting and regularly training seasonal lifeguard staff. Safe-Wise has again updated our annual summer aquatics preparation resource to help aquatic professionals prepare for a safe and enjoyable summer. Prepare for the summer cautiously and ensure that lifeguards are well prepared and vigilant with effective practices and procedures. Leaders must recognize that many youth who visit their pools may not have adequate swimming skills and should work to eliminate the risk of drowning for these children by swim-testing all swimmers, requiring specific protections for non-swimmers and offering swim instruction when possible. Read more HERE.
New Aquatic Management Program. The American Red Cross (ARC) and aquatic engineering and design firm Counsilman-Hunsaker are teaming up to provide a new Aquatic Management Program. The new Aquatic Management Program will employ a team of aquatic operations specialists to design and implement comprehensive operational strategies and management solutions for new and existing facilities of all types and sizes to improve safety, efficiency and sustainability. Click HERE to learn more about this new Aquatic Management Program.
NEW Bomb Threat Resources: Click HERE to visit our Emergency Preparedness page located in the Resource Library to view the following new resources: Bomb Threat Guidance Brochure; Bomb Threat Calls Checklist; Bomb Threat Management Guide and Security Guidance for Buildings.
NEW! Updated Emergency Planning Guidelines for Nonprofits. With the recent rash of threats nationally against JCC’s and other organizations, it might be a good time to review and update your organization’s emergency preparedness and crisis management plans with our Updated Emergency Planning Guidelines for Nonprofits.