by Rob Cox, April 5, 2013
May is Pool Safety Month, but many communities get an early start on recreational water safety promotion by staging an April Pools Day at local swimming pools.
These events are used to raise awareness of the need to teach our kids to swim, demonstrate safe swimming skills and rescue techniques.
Organizers of pool safety events such as April Pools Day are often a mix of parents, pool safety advocates, fire departments, schools and community recreation departments.
Many of the warmer areas have their April Pools Day event on April 1st. Dallas, Las Vegas, Tuscon, and many others held events this last Monday. For other areas, you can wait a bit longer, until some warmer weather comes later in the month - or have May Day Pool Safety Day!
Here's some tips on Organizing a Pool Safety Event in your Community.
Set your goals first. What areas of pool and water safety will be emphasized? A carnival or fair atmosphere can feature different areas of safety and awareness, with specific stations, timed events and demonstrations. Have age appropriate information for kids, teens and adults.
Do you need to raise money, and for what specific purposes? Money need not be the goal, awareness and skill building are important, but you may need to have sponsors to cover printing and promotion costs, or to extend efforts beyond April Pools Day.
You can ask for support from local sponsors, or solicit donations to the cause at the event. Large donors can be recognized with photographed and publicized oversize check presentations. Here's some groups that would be inclined to support pool safety, but don't rule out other organizations, national and local.
Your sponsors and partners logos should be on literature footers, mailings, on banners and in your social media efforts for the event.
Without getting the word out, your event may be under attended. It seems like a long list, but it can be accomplished in a very short timeframe. And since this is a good cause, you should find most organizations ready and willing to help.
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