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Vision Statement

The National Water Safety Congress is dedicated to promoting safe use of both private and public water resources in the United States of America.


Mission Statement

The National Water Safety Congress is committed to continuing their leadership role in advancing the promotion of education for the safety of recreational water activities throughout the United States, and internationally, by addressing water related recreation accidents and drowning throughout the nation. To accomplish this, the Congress will:

The National Water Safety Congress is committed to continuing their leadership role in advancing the promotion of education for the safety of recreational water activities throughout the United States, and internationally, by addressing water related recreation accidents and drowning throughout the nation.

The National Water Safety Congress (NWSC), working in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard will support the mission, goals, and objectives of the National Recreational Boating Safety strategic plan, and will thereby assist in providing and ensuring the public a “safe, secure, and enjoyable recreational boating (and water safety educational) experience”, which will in turn minimize loss of life, injury, and property damage while protecting the environment and cooperating with national security efforts. The National Water Safety Congress has officially signed on to support the Strategic Plan and the NWSC does act as implementing partners of the Strategic Plan.


Who We Are

The National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) is a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization dedicated to serving the general public by promoting recreational water and boating safety in the United States, and has been at the forefront of many boating and water safety issues. The NWSC was organized in 1951 as one of the first non-profit water safety organizations, whose purpose was to take a leadership role to address the growing number of recreation-related boating accidents and the associated property damage, drowning, and deaths associated with the huge growth in water-related recreational activities. In addition to our annual International Summit for Boating and Water Safety, the Congress's activities have grown to include:

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