National Drowning Prevention Alliance Names APSP's DiGiovanni Director

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The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces Carvin DiGiovanni, vice president, Technical & Standards, has been appointed by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) as a Board Director. His two year term began July 1, 2015.

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The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces Carvin DiGiovanni, vice president, Technical & Standards, has been appointed by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) as a Board Director. His two year term began July 1, 2015.

NDPA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving lives through drowning prevention and water safety efforts. Its mission statement is “United, we can prevent the tragedy of drowning.” The NDPA believes that by working together as a strong alliance, drowning can be prevented through collaboration and education.

“I am honored to serve on the board of NDPA and work to prevent the tragedy of drowning,” said DiGiovanni. “By working together, we can enhance the mission of the NDPA by maximizing efforts to raise consumer awareness while our children enjoy the fun and health benefits of swimming pools and spas.”

Since 1983, APSP has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the Standards Development Organization for the nation's pool and spa standards and now counts 13 American National Standards under its purview to protect millions of pool, spa and hot tub users. These national consensus standards establish voluntary minimum guidelines that, when adopted by governments and agencies, have the force of law.

“For example the ANSI/APSP-16 2011 Standard for Suction Fittings for Use in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs is federal law, incorporated into the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB),” said DiGiovanni. “This adoption into law ensures that pools and spas will provide a safer, more enjoyable backyard experience for years to come.”

Similarly, the International Code Council (ICC) has incorporated the ANSI/APSP standards into the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC) which, when adopted at the state and local level, will require residential pools and spas to have the same level of safety protection that the VGB Act mandates for public pools and spas.

“Like NDPA, APSP is committed to drowning prevention and safety,” said APSP President & CEO Rich Gottwald. “We hope to bolster the important mission of NDPA through APSP’s technical standards, the ISPSC and our commitment to strong safety messages of constant adult supervision and an emphasis on swimming lessons.”

For more information, contact DiGiovanni at APSP or Adam Katchmarchi at NDPA.

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About APSP
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.

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About NDPA
The mission statement of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance is “United, we can prevent the tragedy of drowning.” The NDPA works to form new partnerships, collaborative efforts, and build a strong membership base, all to form a stronger alliance to work towards preventing drowning. For more information, visit NDPA.org.

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