According to the Centers for Disease Control, 37 percent of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool, which puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in the United States.
The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, U.S. Masters Swimming’s charitable arm, has declared the month of April “Adult Learn-to-Swim Month.” That’s when pools, lakes, and beaches are opening up for spring and summer recreation. The past two years, the governors of Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachutes, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming have issued proclamations in support.
If you or a loved one doesn’t know how to swim, contact one of the below resources and get started! Swimming skills can save your life both by preventing drowning, and by providing you with the skills needed to make swimming for fitness part of a long-term healthy lifestyle.
If you can’t find adult learn-to-swim lessons in your area, or would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For learn-to-swim lessons for CHILDREN, contact the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash program.
How can our Masters Swimming program get involved?
USMS is making the following documents available to Masters Swimming programs and volunteers that want to participate in the April Adult Learn-to-Swim month:
- April ALTS program guide
- April ALTS volunteer teacher swim lesson guide
- April ALTS volunteer instructor and student registration template
- April ALTS volunteer and participant certificates
How do I find adult learn-to-swim lessons?
USMS programs that offer learn-to-swim lessons
Use our Places to Swim search tool to find Masters Swimming programs in your area. Not all Masters Swimming programs offer learn-to-swim lessons, so you'll need to contact the programs and ask them if they offer lessons. You can also check our list of Swimming Saves Lives partners—these are programs that have received grants from the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation for their adult learn-to-swim lessons—to see if they're currently offering lessons. If you cannot find a program in your area, try one of these other resources:
21st Century Swimming
Miracle Swimming is a system designed to teach adults who are afraid in water to swim. It is ideal for anyone who has found that traditional swimming lessons don't solve the problem of overcoming fear of deep water. It defines learning to swim as becoming confident, safe, and free in deep water. Strokes come after safety has been won. It is taught by 21st Century Swimming Lessons, Inc., a nonprofit organization, and its licensed instructors around the world. Instructor trainings are offered for Masters coaches and teachers.
Life Time Fitness
American Red Cross
This site has a search tool that may help you find classes by your zip code.
YMCA of the USA
Many YMCAs across the country offer swim lessons for adults. The easiest way to find one in your area is a Google search using the terms: “YMCA adult swim lessons” and adding in your city or geographic area.