June 2021

YMCA Examines Generational, Racial Inequities in Water Safety Education

YMCA of the USA released new data that highlights the personal experiences and barriers parents face when it comes to swimming and water safety. The data, collected from a diverse set of U.S. parents, including black, LatinX/Hispanic and other population segments, shows that nine in 10 parents see swimming as a key life skill for children—on par with first aid skills and the ability to prepare a meal. A deeper dive uncovers the impact of unique generational and racial inequities when it comes to ensuring all parents and children are safe and confidence around water, whether it’s at the pool or waterpark, or on the beach.

Child Drownings Remain High

After a year when many children missed crucial learn-to-swim programming, child drowning remains high, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. CPSC’s latest data show an increase in pool- or spa-related fatal drowning incidents among children younger than 15, and drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death among children from 1 to 4 years old.

CPSC Announces $2 Million in Grants Available to Help Prevent Drowning, Entrapment

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for the Pool Safely Grant Programs, available to state and local governments. CPSC will award up to a total of $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment in pools and spas. The Pool Safely Grant Program is a part of CPSC’s national campaign to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority.

10th Annual ParkScore Index Names Washington, D.C., Best City Park System

The Trust for Public Land announced that Washington, D.C., was rated the nation’s best park system on the annual ParkScore Index. The city edged ahead of St. Paul, Minn., followed closely by third-place Minneapolis, which held the top spot in 2020, and fourth place Arlington, Va. Washington’s position was boosted by high marks for park equity.

ACE, WIFA Launch Opportunity to Support Women in Fitness

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Women In Fitness Association (WIFA) have reached a milestone in their partnership with the launch of the WIFA Growth Grant, a scholarship that provides current ACE Certified Professionals an opportunity to build and grow their careers with a one-year WIFA membership.