The History of National Water Safety Month
National Water Safety Month’s history of highlighting water awareness and swim safety started in June 2003, when the World Waterpark Association launched its National Water Safety Week. People celebrated this water awareness week for four years.
In May 2007, the National Recreation and Park Association, which had been celebrating National Aquatics Week in July from 2004 to 2006, decided, along with the WWA, that a month-long water safety initiative in May would be best because it’s when swim activity increases across the country. That’s when National Water Safety Month was officially born.
In May 2009, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (now the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance) joined the partnership, adding waterparks, public pools and backyard pools to the monthly water safety initiative.
Finally, in May 2010, the American Red Cross joined the National Water Safety Month coalition as a key partner.
We promote National Water Safety Month through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and business promotions, and easy-to-access water safety materials.
This year represents a decade of these four important organizations working together to support National Water Safety Month.
About the Coalition
Learn more about the organizations that make National Water Safety Month possible.
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance was formed in 2019, combining the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF). PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit PHTA.org.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org.
National Recreation and Park Association
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation, and conservation. Our work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation, health, and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities, NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and advocates are 60,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings, and everything in between.
World Waterpark Association
The World Waterpark Association (WWA) is the world's premier water-leisure trade Association serving more than 1,000 park and supplier members representing 50 countries. Started in 1981, it is an international not-for-profit member-based trade association that serves waterparks, aquatic venues, and spray parks of all shapes and sizes. Based out of Overland, Kansas, there are approximately 1200 members of the WWA. The WWA is focused on providing park and supplier members with the education and networking that they need to operate safely and effectively. Each year, they host an annual symposium & trade show and the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
These organizations represent business and other individuals and agencies involved in bringing safe, enjoyable aquatic activities to the American public, from home pools and spas, to waterparks and resorts, to public swimming and water recreation facilities