During the 14th annual Educational Conference in March, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance's Board of Directors revealed a major revision to the nonprofit’s mission statement. NDPA’s new focus is on four core principles intended to establish the group as an alliance of all water safety advocates.
There are four pillars: ‘Families United Pillar’, ‘Task Forces/Coalitions’, ‘Educational & Training’, and ‘Corporate’. The Families pillar aims to bring together families that have lost loved ones to drowning. Task Forces is for prevention and safety task forces and coalitions that work in communities to help with drowning prevention. The Educational pillar unites organizations offering water-related educational services. Finally, the Corporate pillar is aimed at the industry and bringing together businesses to prevent unintentional drowning. Ultimate goal: Bring together the stake holders, giving them a voice in advocacy, education and messaging on a national platform to prevent drowning and aquatic injuries.
“By uniting members with specific interests, we hope to encourage open dialogue, resources and education that focus best practices of prevention efforts,” NDPA President Jim Paterson said.