Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week
(formerly Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week) focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. This year’s theme is “Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, not the Germs
,” focusing on the role of swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.
Model Aquatic Health Code milestone reached
The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)
1st Edition, the nation’s first all inclusive, science-based model guidance for swimming pools and other aquatic venues, was released at the end of last year’s swim season. It is now available on CDC’s MAHC website for download
and use by state and local health officials and the aquatics sector.
Conference for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) discussing potential changes to the MAHC 1st Edition
is a nonprofit organization created to support and improve public health by promoting healthy and safe aquatic experiences for everyone. The CMAHC serves as the national clearinghouse for input and advice on potential changes to CDC’s MAHC. It will be hosting the 2015 CMAHC Biennial Conference
to continue the strong partnership between public health and the aquatics sector that was created during development of the MAHC. The CMAHC will strengthen this partnership while gathering input on potential changes needed to keep the MAHC up to date with the latest science, best practices, and design innovations. Change requests for the MAHC 1st Edition
are under review now so become a member of the CMAHC
and get involved in the discussion leading up to the October Biennial Conference.
Save the date: The World's Largest Swimming Lesson -- June 18, 2015
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson aims to draw attention to the importance of teaching children how to swim as a key component in drowning prevention. On June 18, pools, waterparks, and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local swimming lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Get involved today!
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