More than a third of adults in the United States cannot swim the length of a pool, putting them at risk for becoming one of the 10 people who drown every day in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Masters Swimming, with its adult learn-to-swim initiative, is on the front lines to change this.

USMS’s annual April Is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month campaign aims to reduce adult drowning risk by encouraging USMS clubs and certified adult learn-to-swim instructors to offer swim lessons in April. Many of these lessons are taught be USMS volunteers for free or at greatly reduced cost for participants, making swim lessons more accessible for more adults. Last year, more than 1,200 adults learned how to swim in April ALTS Month programs.

Anyone interested in finding adult learn-to-swim lessons is encouraged to visit usms.org/learntoswim.

Hosting an April ALTS Month Lesson Program

Every year, U.S. Masters Swimming formally declares the month of April, “Adult Learn-to-Swim Month.” That’s when pools, lakes, and beaches are opening up for spring and summer recreation, and it's a perfect time to focus on drowning prevention awareness and outreach for adults.

Want to host an April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month lesson program at your pool, but don't know what to do first? We have created some planning resources for you. Find ALTS Month logos, flyer templates, social media sharables, Spanish-language swimming terminology, an instructor guide, certificate templates, and more here.

Plus, you’re always welcome to contact the National Office for more information and assistance.

If you're having trouble accessing the files above, please email us.