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Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D.

National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Executive Director

Adam Katchmarchi, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and the aquatics director in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Sciences (KHSS) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), and is also Executive Director of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.  Katchmarchi completed his Ph.D. in coaching and teaching studies with a cognate specialization in sport management from West Virginia University. He received his M.S. in sport management from IUP and completed his BSEd in health and physical education with a minor in aquatics from Slippery Rock University. He carries a very active research agenda all surrounding his passion for aquatics. His research interests focus on aquatic education, swimming and water safety, drowning prevention education, lifeguard training and sport facility risk management. Katchmarchi holds provider, instructor and trainer certifications from multiple organizations, and is a licensed teacher in the state of Pennsylvania for grades K-12 in health and physical education. He is also a licensed emergency medical technician (EMT-B) by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. He received a National Swimming Pool Foundation Fellowship Award in 2014 and has been recognized twice by Aquatic International as a “Power Award” recipient, first in 2012 as a “Next Generation Leader in the Field of Aquatics” and again in 2017 as one of the “Most Influential People in the Aquatic Industry.” He has also received a letter of commendation from the National Water Safety Congress in 2011. Most recently, Katchmarchi received a Recent Alumni Award from Slippery Rock University. Katchmarchi’s personal mission is to help grow the field of aquatics, educated future aquatic professionals and conduct research that will further the field of drowning prevention and water safety to help save lives.