PHTA CEO Elected to National Drowning Prevention Alliance BoardPHTA CEO Elected to National Drowning Prevention Alliance Board
Sabeena Hickman was selected in part due to her work in expanding the Step Into Swim initiative.
September 15, 2021
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) President and CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE, was elected to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) Board of Directors.
NDPA’s mission statement is, “United, we can prevent the tragedy of drowning.”
Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children ages 1–4, and number two for children up to age 14.
NDPA works closely with families who have lost loved ones to advocate for safer aquatic practices and provides a wide range of resources on drowning prevention.
Hickman joins seven other individuals on the NDPA Board of Directors who work in different parts of the pool industry, healthcare, and emergency services.
Hickman was selected in part due to her work in expanding the Step Into Swim initiative and her belief that those working in the pool and hot tub industry should take a lead in drowning prevention efforts.
“As an alliance, we want to make sure that all facets of the pool and hot tub industry are included in the discussions about water safety,” said Dr. Adam Katchmarchi, executive director, NDPA. “There is a close connection between NDPA and PHTA and what we’re both trying to achieve with water safety. We are pleased to have Hickman’s voice on our board to represent the industry. Also, on an individual level, Hickman’s nonprofit and association management experience will be incredibly valuable to our organization.”
“I am honored to serve on the NDPA Board of Directors,” Hickman added. “Drowning prevention should be top of mind for everyone in the pool and hot tub industry. We have a commitment to not just manufacture, build, or service pools and hot tubs, but to educate the public on using them safely. We can all play a role in preventing drownings and saving lives.”