Speaking with One Voice

The Northeast Pool & Spa Association is your voice on legislation and regulations impacting our industry. NESPA GRAC monitors legislative action across the region and represents the pool and spa industry when these important actions are being debated.




NESPA's Government Relations Action Committee (GRAC) brings together dedicated member volunteers and lobbyists on behalf of our members to oppose onerous over-regulation and advocate for our industry. We have important relationships with Federal, State and local officials and are in regular contact to share our industry’s perspective on legislation. 

The Government Relations Action Committee consists of representatives from each of our four chapters.  If you have questions about legislation and government regulations contact NESPA at 609-689-9111.

NESPA Foundation Supports Expanded Access to  Water Safety Education in New Jersey
Alcide Guzman

NESPA Foundation Supports Expanded Access to Water Safety Education in New Jersey


Spring Lake, New Jersey (May 30, 2023) –  Dominick Mondi, Executive Director of Northeast Spa and Pool Association & NESPA Foundation, Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, and Joe Ohme, founding board member of the New Jersey Swim Safety Alliance, joined Assemblyman Sean Kean on the boardwalk in Spring Lake, New Jersey to highlight the importance of water safety education this Memorial Day weekend.

All advocates for water safety initiatives, the group gathered to support Kean’s legislation (A618) which proposes that K-12 school districts be required to provide instruction on water safety. The bill is currently awaiting consideration in the Assembly Education Committee.

“The ocean and pool provide amazing opportunities for exercise, relaxation, fun, and cooling off. However, we must always be careful around water—the ocean, lakes, rivers, as well as pools and hot tubs,” said Asm. Kean. “It is important that water safety is taught in schools as part of health and physical education. I hope that this is just the beginning, that learning in the classroom leads to actual swim lessons in water.”

“The NESPA Foundation is focused on creating more opportunities for children to learn lifesaving water skills and introducing kids to a lifelong love of aquatics,” Mondi said. “Drowning prevention starts with building respect for water and understanding water conditions. This bill helps us bring this critical information to more young people in New Jersey.”

According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children 5-14, following motor vehicle crashes. According to data from the NJ Department of Health, 78 people died in New Jersey due to drowning in 20201.

“Drowning is the number one cause of accidental deaths for children under the age of 4, and we believe these tragedies can be avoided with proper education and awareness. Providing this information through our school system will significantly increase the accessibility of this information to children throughout the state, who otherwise might never receive it,” said Oehme. “We support this legislation and similar efforts to create a broader range of delivering the message of water safety education and awareness to all.”

“The best thing we can do to keep our children safe in the water is to continue talking about the lifesaving skill of learning to swim and increase access to swim education to make water safety a reality for children in need,” shared Gaines, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Vice President of Partnerships and Development for PHTA, who leads the Step Into Swim initiative.

Affirming the NESPA Foundation’s commitment to supporting swim education around our region, the Foundation has committed $25,000 to Step into Swim. As part of this pledge, the Foundation will match donations made at www.NESPAfoundation.org. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance will also match this doubled donation, meaning each donation is quadrupled.

Mondi added, “Partnering with Step Into Swim aligns perfectly with our efforts to educate more children and families about water safety.”

For those ages 1 to 4, learning to swim from a qualified instructor drastically reduces the risk of drowning by 88 percent and is critical in keeping children safer in the water. The NESPA Foundation shares in Step Into Swim’s mission to combat drowning prevention with access to free swimming lessons and educational resources that empower our children to be confident in and around water.

“I am grateful to the NESPA Foundation for their continued support of and generosity to Step Into Swim,” said Gaines. “Our donors and sponsors are the driving force behind the success of this program. The NESPA Foundation’s commitment to Step Into Swim allows us to help save lives, promote the benefits of swimming, and serve as an educational resource for water safety in communities where it is needed most.” 


About the NESPA Foundation

The NESPA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s pool and spa experience through charitable endeavors. To learn more about The Foundation, visit www.NESPAfoundation.org.

About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance and Step Into Swim:

Step Into SwimTM is an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance, and its Foundation committed to safe swim education and drowning prevention. By investing in the next generation of swimmers through learn-to-swim programming, the Step Into Swim initiative instills confidence, empowers long-term participation in water activities, touts the positive benefits of water play, and advocates for safe practices. Since its inception in 2012, Step Into Swim has played a role in reducing drowning fatalities and has gifted swim lessons to more than 300,000 children with support from community organizations, partners, industry advocates, members, and more. For more information, visit www.stepintoswim.org.

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with more than 3,700 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.


New Jesey State Health Assessment Data: Complete Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Unintential Injusry


 2Association Between Swimming Lessons and Drowning in Childhood, A Case-Control Study:  Ruth Brenner, et al. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4151293/

670 Rate this article:
No rating
Please login or register to post comments.

Theme picker