There are more than 18 million swimming pools and hot tubs in the United States, but more than one-third of adults in the United States can't swim the length of a pool, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 10 people drown every day, and the majority of them are adults.
The CDC identifies a variety of factors that can influence drowning risk, including the inability to swim. Research also shows that the children of adults who don't know how to swim are at a greater risk of not learning to swim, which increases their chances of drowning.
The purpose of the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation is to raise public awareness about the problem of adult drowning and to serve as a financial and educational resource for programs that provide adult learn-to-swim lessons. Since 2012, SSLF has awarded $430,000 in grants to programs that are providing adult learn-to-swim opportunities. SSLF is proud to support 54 adult learn-to-swim programs in 2018. Swimming for life!
Thousands of adults across the country have benefitted from lessons taught by our program partners, thanks to generous contributions from USMS members and other supporters. USMS also accepts planned giving and bequests. Please read our gift acceptance policy.
If you'd like to discuss opportunities to contribute to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, please contact Holly Neumann, Manager, Adult Learn-to-Swim and Foundation Programs, at 941-556-6285 or via email.
Find a USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Program Near You
Organizations receiving grants in 2018
How to Apply for a Grant
Want to apply for an SSLF grant? The application window is open from May through July, and you can apply here. If you have questions about the application or grant process or would like to be alerted when the application window opens, please email us. Here are tips for submitting a strong application.
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