NJ Swim Safety Alliance
Swimming Is A Life Skill
“The main purpose of NJSSA is to unify all aquatic organizations into one cooperative, collaborative family. The NJSSA serves our state by advocating for viable, safe conduct and enjoyment of the critical life skill of swimming.”
NJSSA wants to spread our message of safety, hope, and compassion. Swimming is a life skill that everyone should learn and our organization's goal is to equip every NJ resident with the information and tools to help keep them and their loved ones safer in and around water. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team will work tirelessly each day to contribute to the greater good of swimming.
DID YOU KNOW...
In New Jersey we lose an average of 10 children to drowning each year
Accidents can happen anywhere. Here is some important information to help keep you and your family safer around water:
Learn to Swim
Find a local swim school in your area and get started! Most swim schools offer a variety of options including Parent and Me, Private, and Group lessons for all ages and abilities. The Red Cross even offers free online classes that introduces parents and caregivers to their learn to swim programs for all ages
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Water safety isn't just for pools and oceans. Drowning can happen in as little as 1 inch of water so bathtime is not the time to let your guard down. Our friends at Kids Alive have created a helpful video with tips on keepingyour child safe at bathtime. To view click HERE.
Pool Barriers and Fencing
In NJ, backyard pools are MUST be entirely enclosed by a barrier or fence that is at least 4 ft tall. One objective of pool fences is to keep children from wandering into the pool area without supervision, but it's the pool owner's job to make sure the barrier is safe and secure! Check out THIS VIDEO with tips from former Australian Olympic coach, Laurie Lawrence to make sure your gate is safe!
Importance of Supervision
Never underestimate the importance of Supervision when around a pool, bath, hot tub, or natural body of water, especially in social situations. It's easy to think someone else is watching the water, but that can be when accidents happen. Pool Safely has some important tips about designating a Water Watcher for your next pool party or brushing up on water safety skills and become a Red Cross Water Safety Ambassador before your next beach outing!
CPR is a great skill to know... and not just around pools. As the old saying goes... 'It's better to know it and not need it, than to need it and not know it.' The Red Cross makes it easy to FIND A CLASS near you!
Life jackets save lives. It's as simple as that. Even the strongest swimmers can drown when overtaken by water. Not sure which life jacket is best for you and your loved one? The Coast Guard can help!