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.
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.
The past three 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 of April is Adult Learn to Swim Month.
How do I find adult learn-to-swim lessons?
Use our searchable list of USMS-certified Adult Learn to Swim instructors to find a qualified instructor near you. You can also check 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 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 is Adult Learn to Swim Month:
- April ALTS volunteer teacher swim lesson guide
- April ALTS volunteer instructor and student registration template
- April ALTS volunteer and participant certificates