Providing a Healthy Swimming Experience: Recreational Water and Injury Prevention Week


By Amy Chang, Program Assistant, Environmental Health, NACCHO

Every Memorial Day weekend, swimming pools across the nation open their doors to eager swimmers. To help pool operators and swimmers ensure a safe, healthy, and enjoyable swimming experience for everyone, May is designated National Water Safety Month and the week before Memorial Day is designated National Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week. This year’s RWII Prevention Week is May 19–25 and focuses on how public health officials, aquatics staff, swimmers, and others can prevent pool chemical injuries, illness outbreaks, and drowning.

Many recreational water-related injuries are preventable. A variety of resources exist to help LHDs educate the public about preventing recreational water injuries:

Recreational Water Injury Prevention Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: RWII Prevention Week – This year’s RWII theme is “Healthy and Safe Swimming: We’re in it Together.” It highlights swimmer hygiene and the need for swimmers to take an active role in helping to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs.
  • National Water Safety Month – National Water Safety Month is a joint collaboration among the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the American Red Cross, the National Recreation & Park Association, and the World Waterpark Association. It focuses on making aquatic activities safe and enjoyable.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The Model Aquatic Health Code – The Model Aquatic Health Code that can help LHDs and other authorities make swimming and water activities healthier and safer. It includes guidance on codes, rules, regulations, laws, or standards governing the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of public swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and other disinfected aquatic facilities.

Preventing Pool Chemical-Associated injuries

Preventing Drowning

Preventing Recreational Water Illnesses

Infographic source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( and

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