man_wheechair_swimming_pool_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — The first conference focused on water safety research, strategies, technology and information as it applies to people with physical and developmental disabilities is set for April 30 and May 1 at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, One Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale.

Leaders in the field of adapted aquatics will present at the conference that runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Adapted aquatics focuses on pool entry and exit skills and swim skill development.

The International Adapted Aquatics Conference is co-sponsored by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation and the U.S. Swim School Association.

“Every person, of every ability, should have the best possible experience while he or she is in the water,” said Kim Burgess of Fort Lauderdale, executive director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing drowning for all age groups in all bodies of water through public education, advocacy and strategic partnerships.

“The research and information presented at this conference will advance drowning prevention efforts nationwide for people with disabilities,” Burgess said. “The more qualified the teacher is, the safer the student is going to be in their care.” She added that adapted aquatics professionals will also benefit from networking opportunities.

Drowning is among the top ten leading causes of unintentional injury death for all ages nationally and a leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1-4. Between 1999 and 2009 more than 3,500 U.S. lives were lost each year due to unintentional drowning.

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