Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 03, 2014
For the first time ever, all 50 U.S. states have recognized the month of May as National Water Safety Month (NWSM) and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP), along with its partners, the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA), the American Red Cross and the World Waterpark Association (WWA), are celebrating the importance of safe swimming now and all year long.
In addition, National Water Safety Month received congressional recognition through Congressman Jon Runyan's (NJ) letter that was received by all 435 of his congressional colleagues. Congressman Runyan is a co-chair of the Congressional Kids' Safety Caucus and, due to his interest in children safety issues at large, provided this public record of the importance of NWSM.
“On behalf of the partner and participant organizations, we thank the Congressman for his support,” said Rich Gottwald, APSP president and CEO. “APSP’s affiliate organization, the Northeast Spa and Pool Association (NESPA), was particularly helpful in gaining Congressional visibility for National Water Safety Month this year. Water safety is a team effort and we look forward to another successful year of promoting safe and enjoyable swimming.”
Other national organizations such as the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the USA Swimming Foundation and the International Code Council have promoted water safety activities and programs throughout May.
Organizations interested in participating in National Water Safety Month next year can contact Helen Bloch at hbloch(at)apsp(dot)org. Valuable downloadable tools such as tip sheets, swimming rules, videos, swimming pledges, and posters are available at http://www.NationalWaterSafetyMonth.org.
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 40,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit http://www.nrpa.org.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.
The World Waterpark Association is the world's leading water leisure trade association, serving more than 1100 park operator and supplier members from more than forty-five countries around the world. Since its inception thirty-four years ago, the WWA has been the leading advocate for the development of the water leisure industry for its park and supplier members. Visit http://www.waterparks.org.