National Drowning Prevention Symposium Set

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Organizers of the National Drowning Prevention Symposium have announced that the 11th annual conference will be held in San Diego, March 7-9, 2012, hosted by the San Diego County Aquatic Council.

Drowning prevention advocates and water safety experts, including parents, swim instructors, professors, rescuers and researchers, will gather at the Hyatt Mission Bay for the annual symposium, sponsored by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, to exchange best practices, network and participate in hands-on activities.

 “The symposium empowers attendees to create effective drowning prevention programs in their communities,” said Kim Burgess, executive director, National Drowning Prevention Alliance. “We are excited about this year’s education track, location, and the enthusiasm of our host partner.” 

The San Diego County Aquatic Council has set the theme, “Everybody IN,” which reflects the council’s call for everybody to join in the drowning prevention movement, bringing together all who focus on water safety — from the beaches, boats and pools, including rescuers and those teaching swimming and lifetime water skills. 

Speakers and presenters will focus on programs, strategies, research, and policy that can make water safer, teach children and adults how to be safer around water and prepare for water rescues, among other topics. 

“This year’s event promises to deliver an inspiring, fast-paced, information-packed two days in ‘America’s Finest City — San Diego,’” says Mary Ann Downing, elected executive of the board of directors, National Drowning Prevention Alliance and planning committee co-chair. 

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