SUMMIT, NJ - The month of May has been declared Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month in Summit by the Summit Common Council. The proclamation coincides with the same national designation of the month via an annual awareness campaign coordinated by The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals -- with support from the National Recreation & Parks Association, the American Red Cross and the World Waterpark Association -- and designed to increase awareness of safe water practices.

The declaration also comes in the same month that the Summit Family Aquatic Center (SFAC) is slated to open, with the family-friendly facility set to begin summer operation on May 27. As part of the water safety campaign, the SFAC will provide Summit residents with water safety tips, educational programs and events, and include the hosting of the 'World’s Largest Swim Lesson' June 22.   

In 2016, the SFAC received a Community Lifesaver Award from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance for its educational water safety videos: “I’m Watching Your Child, You Should Be Too,” "Shark Diddy TV Splash & Learn," and for its free life jacket rental and swim test programs.

For more information visit summitcommunityprograms.com.