Water Safety Coalition Meeting

Join us on December 7

The New Jersey Swim Safety Alliance, New Jersey Recreation and Park Association & The ZAC Foundation invite you to the NJ Water Safety Coalition Meeting, where we’ll dive into important discussions and start to build a NJ Water Safety Strategy, as encouraged by the National Water Safety Strategy.

Thursday, December 7, 2023
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Heavenly Farms Art Center
440 Dunhams Corner Rd
East Brunswick, NJ

There has been tremendous interest in our efforts to bring water safety professionals and activists together to make New Jerseyans safer in and around water. About 30 different agencies and organizations have participated in planning discussions to help give our effort shape and direction.

If you are unable to attend or if there is another water safety stakeholder that you feel should attend, please share this invitation with them.

The day’s agenda (in formation) will include panels and discussions on key topics:

  1. Understanding the Drowning Burden in NJ: A Look at the Data
  2. Strategies for Children, 0-4
  3. Focus on Children & Teens: Partnering with Schools
  4. Open Water: Beaches, Lakes and Rivers
  5. Effective Outreach to Underserved Communities
  6. Workshop Session: Creating a New Jersey Water Safety Strategy
  7. Sustaining our Work – Strategies to Move This Work Forward

Together, we can make a difference in promoting water safety in New Jersey. Don’t miss out!

Special thanks to event sponsor, the Northeast Spa & Pool Association

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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.