New Jersey Statewide Bathing Suit and Goggle Drive 2023

The New Jersey Swim Safety Alliance has joined forces with the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association and Dolfin Swimwear in a statewide Bathing Suit and Goggle Drive for 2023. Why?

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 to 4. Did you know that in New Jersey we lose an average of 10 children to drowning every year? Aquatics professionals know that swimming lessons are essential to the safety of children, especially in underserved communities.

Many agencies and swim schools around the state have risen up against this threat by providing swimming instruction for little or no cost to children.

But why then, do many children go underserved? There are three major barriers to kids learning to swim: Cost, Transportation and Proper Bathing Attire.

NJSSA, NJRPA and Dolfin Swimwear are determined to eliminate one of those barriers:  Proper Swim Attire!

Without proper swim attire, children cannot gain access to swim lessons, or for that matter public swim facilities without a bathing suit. Children swimming in natural water without proper swim attire greatly increases this risk.

For many of us, it is hard to imagine that a child does not have a simple piece of clothing like a bathing suit, but aquatics professionals will tell you that many children and families are turned away from public swimming venues because of it.

How can you help?

Be a part of the solution. Form a drive with friends, neighbors, your church or charitable organization.

Pools, waterparks, and swim schools around the state are offering incentives for people to donate bathing suits and goggles. Dozens of public pools and swim schools have already started their collections.

This campaign, started by Breakwater Beach Waterpark in Seaside Heights NJ in 2018 has grown to become a statewide effort with some annual records of over 600 suits collected and distributed throughout NJ to social service agencies and public pools.

Our Goal

With the new coordinated efforts of NJRPA, NJSSA and Dolfin Swimwear, the goal is to reach 1000 suits. The drive is held through July 15th and deserving agencies are all lining up for delivery.

Each bathing suit distributed will also have drowning prevention information and safety tips for parents included. The hope is to spread the word on drowning prevention.

We’re on Our Way

From a small Catholic School in Bergen County, Academy of Our Lady of Grace to American Dream Mall, the efforts have already gleamed 350 bathing suits.

Dolfin Swimwear kicked off the effort with a donation of 400 bathing suits inspiring others to do the same. Thanks to Dolfin, we have made it easy for you to participate. A drop box has been created with everything you need to have a successful campaign.

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Swim suits lead to swim lessons! Swim lessons save lives!!

Contact:  Judith Leblein Josephs at [email protected] to register to be a part of this worthwhile effort.

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David is the Founder and President of National Safety Training Center and its predecessor companies – Elite Tactical Academy and Mine Brook Search & Rescue, Inc.  He is  a seasoned business leader and public safety education expert. He currently focuses on running this large training center and keeps active teaching both provider level classes and many instructor level classes.

He holds numerous certifications including:

  • American Red Cross Instructor / Trainer
    • BLS / ALS / PALS
    • Lay Rescuer
    • Lifeguarding
    • Babysitting
  • American Heart Association Training Center Faculty
    • BLS
    • HeartSaver
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Instructor
    • Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
    • Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support
    • Mental Health Resilience Officer
    • Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients

 

David has previously worked as a Red Cross employee in 2 roles:

  • Public Safety Instructor for the Northern VT Chapter – teaching corporate classes for the Red Cross
  • Lifeguard Instructor / Trainer / Educator for the National Association – Teaching the Instructor / Trainer Academies to create new Lifeguard Instructor / Trainers.

 

David lives in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater NJ with his family who are also active in the Public Safety Training / Medical training business. He is a local volunteer Firefighter / EMT, something he has been doing since 1984! David also serves as a volunteer in the US Coast Guard on a specialized deployable communications team.

Jon Siegel is the Head Age Group Coach at Cougar Aquatic Team in Montclair NJ and currently the Senior Coaches Rep for NJ Swimming LSC. Prior to that Jon  served as Senior Director of Competitive Aquatics at the Madison Area YMCA (MAY). During his tenureat MAY he helped design and oversee the construction of their new FM Kirby Aquatic Center, directed outdoor programming during the pandemic and acted as Senior Aquatic Director to bring the aquatic department back online. Over his coaching career, which has spanned 30+ years, Jon spent nine-and-a-half-years with the Montclair YMCA Dolphins as their Director of Competitive Aquatics, eight years as Head Coach at the Madison Area YMCA, three years at the West Essex YMCA, and a year as an Assistant Coach at the Summit Y. In addition, he has coached the Livingston Aquajets, Berkeley Heights Streamliners, Minisink Manta Rays and Morristown Beard High School. Jon is an ASCA Level 5 Swim Coach and was selected as the Head Coach of the NJ Swimming All Star Zone Team in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2008, and as an assistant coach at Zones in 2000, 2003 and 2023. Jon also coached USA Swimming’s Eastern Zone Select Camp in 2006. Jon’s swimmers have competed in all levels of swim competition including Olympic Trials and an alumni to the Olympics. In addition to coaching, Jon has years of service to various swim boards and committees which include working on the New Jersey YMCA Swim League Executive Committee, New Jersey Swimming Board of Directors, and on the USA Swimming National Communications Committee and the National Camps Committee. John looks forward to bringing his extensive swim knowledge and experience to the Nj Swim Safety Alliance.