FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2016

Lisa Grepps
Director, Marketing & Communications, APSP

Aleatha Ezra
Director, Park Member Development, World Water Park Association 

5 WATER SAFETY TIPS TO HELP SAVE A LIFE THIS SUMMER 
National Water Safety Month supporters offer tips for safer water practices

(ALEXANDRIA, VA) – As families converge on aquatic centers, pools, splash pads, waterparks and open bodies of water this Memorial Day weekend, the National Water Safety Month supporters offer five tips and reminders for parents and caregivers about safer water practices. 

Keep these five water safety tips in mind:

  1. Constant Adult Supervision
    Actively supervise children and non-swimmers around the water, even when lifeguards are present. Don’t just drop kids off. Avoid distracting activities such as checking email or social media.

  2. Learn to Swim
    No matter your age, learning to swim is one of the best ways to be safer in and around the water.

  3. Look for Lifeguards
    Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

  4. Swim with a Buddy
    Do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system.

  5. Wear a Life Jacket 
    Adults and kids should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating. Non-Swimmers and inexperienced swimmers should also wear a life jacket at all times when in and around the water. Inflatable toys can be fun, but are not a substitute for U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
Additional water safety tips and detailed information about National Water Safety Month, for both consumers and businesses, can be found at www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org.

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About National Water Safety Month

National Water Safety Month is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association. The event is celebrated by these organizations, participants, sponsors and thousands of aquatics facilities and professionals through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and aquatics business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials, aimed primarily at the public, and designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries.  For more information, visit National Water Safety Month.

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