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NBC Dallas: Some DFW Cities Check Splash Pad Water Less Often Than CDC Recommends
August 10, 2022

NBC Dallas: Some DFW Cities Check Splash Pad Water Less Often Than CDC Recommends

Roy Vore, a water safety expert from PHTA's Recreational Water Quality Committee, talks about splash pad safety.

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Buffalo Reflex: Swim Lessons at the City Pool for Students are a Success
July 6, 2022

Buffalo Reflex: Swim Lessons at the City Pool for Students are a Success

A Step Into Swim grant was awarded to the city of Buffalo, MO for $5,000 by the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance.

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Idaho Press: Pool and Hot Tub Alliance Shares Tips for Water Safety
June 21, 2022

Idaho Press: Pool and Hot Tub Alliance Shares Tips for Water Safety

The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance issued a press release about its Step Into Swim initiative and shared results of its national survey about swimming safety concerns and tips for keeping kids safer in the water. 

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Parsons Sun: PRC Gets Grant for Swimming Lessons
June 8, 2022

Parsons Sun: PRC Gets Grant for Swimming Lessons

The Parsons Recreation Commission has received a grant from the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance to offer swim lessons. The grant is part of the Step Into Swim program that makes learning to swim opportunities available to children who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford them.

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Lowell Sun: Guard Against Private Pools' Safety Risks
June 1, 2022

Lowell Sun: Guard Against Private Pools' Safety Risks

Given all the water-related variables at play, we should heed the state Department of Public Health's basic water and pool safety tips: Children should be supervised in and around water at all times, always swim with a buddy, select sites in public swimming areas that have lifeguards whenever possible, and swim only in designated areas. If it's good enough for an Olympic gold medalist, it's should be for the rest of us.

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Modern Mom Probs: Olympic Swimmer Talks Water Safety As We Head Into Summer
May 26, 2022

Modern Mom Probs: Olympic Swimmer Talks Water Safety As We Head Into Summer

Through leading initiatives like Step Into Swim, which funds learn-to-swim programs across the country and serves as a go-to resource for all things water safety, Rowdy believes every child deserves access to safe swimming in order to feel confident in the water. 

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City of Huntsville: Save Someone's Life with These Water Safety Month Skills
May 23, 2022

City of Huntsville: Save Someone's Life with These Water Safety Month Skills

As the weather warms up and more people head to the water to cool off, the risk of drowning increases. That’s why Alabama is one of 39 states to recognize May as Water Safety Month. The campaign is a partnership involving the National Recreation and Park Association, American Red Cross, Pool and Hot Tub Alliance and World Waterpark Association.

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TODAY Show: Craig Melvin's Brother Learns to Swim at 36
May 17, 2022

TODAY Show: Craig Melvin's Brother Learns to Swim at 36

May is National Water Safety Month, so the TODAY family is getting in on the importance of learning how to swim. 

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TODAY Show: How to Keep Kids Safe Around Water: Olympians Share Tips
May 12, 2022

TODAY Show: How to Keep Kids Safe Around Water: Olympians Share Tips

As seen on The TODAY Show, Rowdy Gaines from Step Into Swim / Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, was joined by fellow Olympians Cullen Jones and Cammile Adams to talk about water safety and demonstrate swimming best practices. 

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Tempe Independent: Tempe Encourages Water Safety This Summer
May 3, 2022

Tempe Independent: Tempe Encourages Water Safety This Summer

The City of Tempe Parks and Recreation division is encouraging the community to be water aware in May during National Water Safety Month, a joint effort of the World Waterpark Association, the American Red Cross, the National Recreation and Park Association and the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance. 

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AQUA Magazine: Step Into Swim, Rowdy Gaines Win NDPA President's Award
April 26, 2022

AQUA Magazine: Step Into Swim, Rowdy Gaines Win NDPA President's Award

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is pleased to announce that Vice President of Partnerships & Development Rowdy Gaines and the Step Into Swim program have been awarded the 2022 President’s Award by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

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AQUA Magazine: Making Waves in Water Safety Education
March 2, 2022

AQUA Magazine: Making Waves in Water Safety Education

“We are making strides to combat childhood drowning thanks to the generous donors who share in our mission to create more swimmers,” says three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and PHTA’s Vice President of Partnerships and Development, Rowdy Gaines. “The aquatics industry has a unique opportunity to come together in the name of safe swim education. Our partners truly delivered on that in 2021.”

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Pool Magazine: The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Sets Record Year with More Than $1M in Donations for Step Into Swim
January 25, 2022

Pool Magazine: The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Sets Record Year with More Than $1M in Donations for Step Into Swim

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) and its foundation celebrate the donors who made 2021 a record-setting year for Step Into Swim, an initiative committed to safe swim education. The program raised more than $1,000,000 and provided swim lessons to 6,297 children with support from major founding partner Every Child A Swimmer and other industry leaders.

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