Water Safety Programs and Information
Make a Splash
The Department of Parks and Recreation has joined forces with the USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make a Splash” initiative to offer FREE Water Safety Lessons to young people in Prince George’s County this summer. Make a Splash is a national, child-focused water safety initiative created by the USA Swimming Foundation. Launched in 2007, Make a Splash is a national awareness campaign that saves lives by joining forces with grassroots learn-to-swim programs. Click here for more information about the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash program ( http://swimfoundation.org/Page.aspx?pid=261 ).
The 2013 program will offer 600 spaces to participants ages 6-17 who hold FREE M-NCPPC Youth IDs. There are six Make a Splash sites, including Ellen Linson Swimming Pool in College Park, Fairland Sports & Aquatics Complex in Laurel, Allentown Splash, Tennis, and Fitness Park in Fort Washington, Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool in Chillum, and Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center in Glenarden. Participants will receive four FREE Water Safety & Swim Lessons designed to increase awareness of safety in, on, and around water, and to promote drowning prevention.
• Registration will begin May 28 for our 2013 program. On-line registration is NOT available for this program. Registration must take place in person at any M-NCPPC facility in Prince George's County.
“Make A Splash” Course Descriptions
Beginner: Non-swimmers/non-floaters will be introduced to water safety information and swimming skills. No previous swimming ability is required.
Intermediate: This class is for those who are comfortable in the water, can fully submerge under water and can swim at least 5 yards on their front and back. Participants will review water safety skills and work to improve swimming ability.
Children’s Classes: Ages 6-12
Make a Splash in School Initiative
In collaboration with the Prince George's County Public School (PGCPS) system, M-NCPPC's Department of Parks and Recreation will provide second grade students to 22 local schools with water safety information and swimming lessons at Department aquatic facilities during the fall of 2012, winter of 2013, and spring of 2013. The USA Swimming Foundation received more than 130 applications for the 2012-2013 grant program and awarded just under $250,000 to local partners in 19 states. M-NCPPC received one of 37 grants awarded for 2012-2013.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. They are one group at the forefront of a national effort working to make drowning prevention a priority and as such, have launched the “Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives” public safety campaign. The campaign combines the efforts of a wide variety of partnering organizations, including drowning prevention, water and children’s safety groups; industry leaders and the pool and spa community; and state and local entities involved in pool and spa regulation. This campaign helps parents and children learn to protect themselves in and around pools and spas by offering information regarding water safety. The Pool Safely campaign is part of CPSC’s national information and education program associated with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Act. For more information check out: http://www.poolsafely.gov/
M-NCPPC has signed on to be a Campaign Safety Leader with the Pool Safely Campaign and we will be collaborating with this group in order to help disseminate messages and materials regarding water safety promotion and drowning prevention.
Parents and kids: click here to play an interactive water safety game.
Simple Water Safety Steps Can Save Lives
Your greatest water safety assurance comes from adopting and practicing as many safety steps as possible. Adding an extra safety step around the water can make all the difference. You can never know which safety step will save a life -- until it does.
Learn and Practice Water Safety Skills
Have the Appropriate Equipment