The USA Swimming Foundation and U.S. Masters Swimming entered into a new philanthropic partnership to create greater support for learn-to-swim efforts. 

The Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming and has a mission to save lives and build champions, has long dedicated itself to raising funds and awareness for childhood learn-to-swim programs. In January 2021, U.S. Masters Swimming will move its fundraising efforts for adult learn-to-swim programs from its USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to the USA Swimming Foundation. Bringing all learn-to-swim fundraising efforts under the USA Swimming Foundation umbrella will create a greater generational impact by providing swim lessons to people of all ages. 

If a parent doesn’t know how to swim, there’s only a 19 percent chance that a child in that household will learn how to swim, according to a 2009 study by Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and more than one-third of American adults can’t swim the length of a pool, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The combined efforts of U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Swimming under the USA Swimming Foundation aim to change those statistics.

U.S. Masters Swimming will continue to own and administer adult learn-to-swim curriculum and certification for instructors and provide resources to programs offering adult lessons throughout the United States, and the USA Swimming Foundation will continue to provide water safety education, grant support to youth learn-to-swim programs and fundraise for National Team athletes. 


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Want to apply for an Adult Learn-to-Swim grant? The 2024 application window is now open through December 15, 2023. (Application link)

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Watch USA Swimming as we walk through the Adult Learn to Swim Grant application process. View webinar recording and slideshows below. 

Thursday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET (RECORDING & SLIDESHOW will be posted after webinar)
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