Source: National Drowning Prevention Alliance

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Dec. 12, 2011 -- The National DrowningPrevention Alliance and USA Swimming Foundation areco-sponsoring a national competition in search of the 2011Lifesaver of the Year. The nomination period, originally setto close on November 30, has been extended through December16 in response to numerous requests.

"Most of the year we concentrate on the unacceptable numberof lives lost due to this preventable tragedy," said KimBurgess, NDPA executive director. "So it's wonderful tofocus on those whose heroic actions prevented a tragedy.These inspiring stories will remind us all that one personcan make an enormous difference in the world."

Nominators should visit,click the "Lifesaver of the Year" contest tab on the leftand upload a photo and essay about the nominee. The essayshould detail the nominee's heroism in a water-relatedincident. Lifeguards, first responders or laypersons may benominated.

The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip for two toSan Diego, California, where he or she will be honored atthe 11th Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium setfor March 7-10, 2012. For more information, or to registerfor the symposium please visit

NDPA and USA Swimming Foundation will select ten finalists.Public voting will begin January 4, 2012 and votes will becollected for one month.ABOUT NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION ALLIANCEThe National Drowning Prevention Alliance is avolunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in2004. NDPA members are dedicated to preventing drowning forall age groups in all bodies of water through publiceducation, advocacy and strategic partnerships. The publicis invited to join by visiting USA SWIMMING FOUNDATIONThe USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic armof USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation worksto strengthen the sport by saving lives and buildingchampions. The Foundation aims to provide the wonderfulexperience of Swimming to kids at all levels across thecountry. For more information, please visit