Aquatics Committee & Resources

Aquatics Committee & Resources

This page is dedicated to all CRPA members who have an interest in pools, lakes, beachfronts, and aquatic activities. Here you can find committee meeting notices, highlights from the committee, links to related aquatics sites, and much more!

All CRPA members in good standing are welcome to attend our meetings! Please let us know what we should add to make this an even more useful resource.  Click here to access the committee meeting dates & locations

Aquatics/COVID Resources

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our options for cooling down on the beach or in an outdoor pool might be different this year, but there’s still a need to learn water safety. 

If a child in your life isn’t able to take formal swim lessons right now, you can still help them learn to be safer around backyard pools, ponds or other bodies of water.

We're here to help parents, caregivers, and kids learn and share water safety knowledge and skills together.  Below are a few FREE resources to help you do so:

  • Longfellow the Whale helps kids learn and share water safety knowledge through his WHALE Tales. Each video has a lesson, activity sheet and quiz families can work on together. These short episodes are designed to be family-friendly and educational. 
  • The Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers Online Course focuses on developing an awareness of the risks of drowning and how to minimize those risks, especially for young children.
  • The Red Cross Swim App gives you water safety tips at your fingertips! It also includes educational games and videos for kids, plus a swim lesson progress tracker. Text "SWIM” to 90999 to download.

Listings of aquatics classes offered in CT

Looking to take an aquatics certification course? Click the link above to find a list of aquatics courses currently offered around Connecticut.  

If you offer lifeguard certification, recertification, WSI, or lifeguard instructor courses that are open to the public, click here to add your course to our website. Please note: in order for your course to be posted all fields must be filled out completly. 

Aquatics Section Meeting: Informal Summer Check-In

Aquatics Resources

2010 ADA Standards For Accessible Design

2010 Department of Justice ADA Standards for Accessible Design

2015 Swimming Pool Code Summary & Updates

Connecticut State Building Codes - 2015 Swimming Pools Code Summary

American Red Cross, Connecticut

Information on all Connecticut Red Cross chapters, contact info, course info, disaster preparation information etc.

American Red Cross: Learning Center

A website dedicated to supporting American Red Cross instructors who deliver our lifesaving training programs - find course updates, digital materials, teaching tools, course record forms and more. Login required.

Aquatic Safety Research Group

Offers a wide variety of lectures and presentations which can be custom tailored to meet the needs of your particular audience. We believe we can address just about every water safety concern you may have.

CDC - Back Yard Pool Safety

Stay Safe and Healthy in Your Backyard Pool

CDC Model Aquatics Health Code

This page contains the MAHC 3rd Edition, the latest and current version of the MAHC. It was posted on July 18, 2018.

CDC Water Injury Prevention & Control

A collection of resources from the CDC on preventing water related injuries.

Coloring Activities

Provides printable coloring activities for children to help teach pool safety.

CT Department of Labor EMPLOYMENT OF MINORS Permitted Occupations for 14 & 15 Year-Olds

CT Department of Labor working requirements and parameters for 14 & 15 year olds

CT Department of Public Health: Swimming Pools Regulations

Connecticut Statute - 19-13-B33b. Public pools

CT DPH Public Swimming Pool Regulations, Resources, & Forms

Find information from the Dept. of Public Health on the regulations and guidelines for public swimming pools.

Healthy Swimming

Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control's new program designed to reduce the spread of recreational water illnesses (RWIs)

Lifeguard Requirements for 15 Year Olds - FLSA Child Labor Laws

Lifeguard requirements for 15 year olds, per Federal Fair Labor Standards Act: Not at a Waterfront

Lifesaving Resources

Access to the latest authoritative information on water safety, water rescue, drowning statistics, seminars and more, the information-packed site for Lifesaving Resources.

Lightning Safety

Anything and everything about lightning safety. Information includes indoor and outdoor pools, boating, outdoor shelters and sports, personal safety and emergency action and evacuation plans.

National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Provides a list of pool safety tips for parents and caregivers

Pool Safety Tips

Provides tips to protect children from drowning from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Swimming Safety Tips

Whether it’s a trip to the beach or a dip in the community or backyard pool, you can ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun by following a few basic safety tips.

Water Safety Guide for Children With Special Needs

This page contains water safety information and links from

Water Safety Tips for Parents

Water safety tips for parents including: importance of supervision, swimming lessons, what to do in an emergency, and general safety tips