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Adam Katchmarchi: 2024 Water Season Safety & Drowning Myths | NDPA

As the busiest water activity season is upon us, National Drowning Prevention Alliance expert weighs in on what parents need to know to keep children safe.

According to the CDC, Drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause of injury-related death among children up to age 14. With childhood drowning incidents on the rise, and as water activity season is upon us, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) is sharing resources and a new public service video to help ensure a safe and enjoyable water experience for everyone.

For parents who have lost a child to drowning, the most common response is “we didn’t know” – didn’t know how prevalent it is, how easily it can happen, and didn’t know the strategies for prevention.

Adam Katchmarchi, executive director of the NDPA, discusses five common drowning myths and added layers of protection, including:

What Can Parents Do: The Five Layers of Protection (Drowning Prevention)
Drowning and Non-Fatal Drowning Statistics
Myths & Misperceptions Surrounding Drowning
Rescue Equipment vs. Pool/Water Toys
Practicing Water Safety in Your Backyard Pool, On Vacation, or Any Open Water Situation
Lifeguard Management and Training

Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D., CEO
National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA)

Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D., is the CEO of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) and also serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Adam completed his Ph.D. in Coaching and Teaching Studies with a cognate specialization in Sport Management from West Virginia University. His research interests focus on aquatic education, swimming and water safety, drowning prevention education, lifeguard training, and sport facility risk management. Adam holds provider, instructor, and trainer certifications from multiple safety and aquatic organizations, including the American Red Cross and Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, and is a licensed teacher in the state of Pennsylvania for grades K-12. He received a National Swimming Pool Foundation Fellowship Award in 2014 and has been recognized twice by Aquatic International as a Power Award recipient, first in 2012 as a “Next Generation Leader in the Field of Aquatics” and again in 2017 as one of the “Most Influential People in the Aquatic Industry.” Most recently, Katchmarchi received a Recent Alumni Award from Slippery Rock University in 2019 and the NDPA President's Award in 2020.

WHHI Daily News Anchor: Robyn Zimmerman

May 2024

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