How to Overcome a Traumatic Water Experience

Is it possible to learn to swim after a traumatic water experience? Merely driving by a body of water may make you feel uneasy; entering the water again can be challenging, scary, even feel impossible. Stories from parents aligned with Families United to Prevent Drowning or NDPA are tragic, unexpected accidents and successful saves that have left the swimmer unable to overcome the trauma and get back into the water. Read it.
Regional first responders dive into course about saving drowning victims

Area first responders are now even better prepared to respond to an emergency now that summer is here in full force and people are going to rivers and lakes in the region to find relief from the heat. Read it.
New Manikin allows start to finish Lifeguard Training

The Ruth Lee Pool Rescue manikin is already transforming lifeguard training around the world. It allows a trainee to complete a simulated rescue, from start to finish, without needing to switch between different equipment and live volunteer casualties. Perfect for post-COVID training!  From deep-water recovery and towing, to assisted lifts and using a rescue board, the Pool Rescue manikin allows a trainee to learn essential skills while minimizing person-to-person contact. Read it.
Be Like Water

I have been involved with various martial arts for nearly 20 years beginning with a campus rec entry-level Judo class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001. I love everything about it, especially the history, different styles and philosophy behind it. One of the most known martial arts philosophies originated from film legend and Jeet Kune Do founder, Bruce Lee. Read it.
Congratulations to Brooke Mechels, Assistant Facility Supervisor, Highlands Ranch Community Association for being one of the most recent individuals that has obtained her AqP!

Although I had most of the requirements, I obtained my AqP to distinguish myself as an aquatics professional. I always enjoy opportunities to grow through education, experiences, and professional development. The process refreshed my passion for aquatics, and confirmed the reasons I love being a part of the aquatics and recreation community.
Child drownings spike in Maricopa, Pinal counties as COVID-19 keeps families at home

On a Saturday evening in late April, a 2-year-old slipped away from her family doing work in the yard of their Buckeye home. Her father found her shortly after lying unresponsive in an irrigation canal nearby and pulled her from the water to begin performing CPR before the paramedics arrived. Read it. Read it.
Nine-year-old Florida boy hailed as hero after saving father from drowning

A nine-year-old Florida boy is being hailed a hero for pulling his father from the water after the man fractured his neck in a diving accident. Read it.
HydroApps Where Aquatic Management Meets Life

Work with data, not paper, with HydroApps and take your operations to the next level! HydroApps’ comprehensive, single platform web-based applications are designed and made by aquatic professionals, for aquatic professionals. AOAP Members receive 15% off.
USA Swimming webinars

Make sure to check out the upcoming and past USA Swimming webinars, including dryland workouts, Safe Sport Trainings, Virtual Meets and more, at!
California man dies trying to save drowning kids he had never met

As three children were swept away in a California river Wednesday, a brave bystander jumped in to help. The selfless hero was later identified as 29-year-old Manjeet Singh, according to a report by KFSN. Read it.
Mock drowning suprises swimmers during Windber Recreation Pool's Water Safety Day

Windber, Pa. (WJAC) — Friday afternoon, it was just a normal day at Windber Recreation Pool in Somerset County. That was until local EMTs, paramedics, lifeguards, and pool managers came together to simulate a possible drowning. Read it.
Revitalize and increase visitor numbers with Wibit’s interlocking combinations and transform your swimming pool into a water adventure for all ages. All Wibit pool combinations are designed to fit the standard pool size. While keeping our successful standard combinations, we also present the new FastTrack for another competitive edge. View it.
60 DEI Aquatic Ideas in 60 minutes with Kate Connell

We are excited to have Kate Connell as our September NTAA presenter. Kate Connell is the Aquatics Program Supervisor in Iowa City, Iowa. She has worked in the aquatics field for 15+ years sharing her passion for safety and leadership through staff management, culture development, and aquatics training. Kate is an advocate for equity in recreational water use and has assisted in providing free and reduced swimming lessons, safety education, and inclusive pool events to the diverse Iowa City area community.
FREE Virtual Workshops by Athletic Business and Ruby Newell-Legner

We're excited to partner with 7 Star Service to provide bi-weekly virtual workshops designed to help athletics, fitness and recreation professionals tackle their biggest challenges. Join us live — or watch the workshops on demand — and you'll gain actionable ideas, insights and solutions from industry experts that you can implement right away at your own organization. Workshops will be available for live attendance with time for a Q&A session with the presenter, and will also be available to view on demand.

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