The United States Lifesaving Association is a founding member of Water Safety USA — a consortium consisting of 13 leading national governmental and nongovernmental organizations that have a strong record of providing drowning prevention and water safety programs, including public education. Water Safety USA was created in 2014 to empower people with resources, information and tools to safely enjoy and benefit from our nation's aquatic environments. The long-term goal of Water Safety USA is to reduce drowning and promote water safety in the United States.
The founding member organizations of Water Safety USA are:
• American Academy of Pediatrics
• American Red Cross
• Boy Scouts of America
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• National Park Service
• National Safe Boating Council
• National Swimming Pool Foundation
• Safe Kids Worldwide
• U.S. Coast Guard
• U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
• United States Lifesaving Association
• USA Swimming Foundation
• YMCA of the USA
These member organizations believe that identifying evidence-based strategies to promote water safety and using consistent, evidence-based wording of water safety messages are key to reducing the incidence of drowning. Additionally, the members of Water Safety USA believe that the collection and analysis of reliable, standardized data (e.g., circumstances of drowning events, swim skill of victims and population, effectiveness and reach of program efforts) will assist in development and more effective targeting of prevention programs and strategies.
Each of the member organizations of Water Safety USA has been involved in efforts to reduce drowning and improve water safety and that will continue. Our hope is that by aligning messaging and working collaboratively the effectiveness of our individual organizational efforts will be enhanced to the betterment of those we serve. One of our initiatives is to identify a key water safety message each year to promote to the general public, which we expect to announce each spring.
For more information about Water Safety USA, please visit: www.watersafetyusa.org