Adult Learn-to-Swim (ALTS)

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More than a third of adults in the United States can’t swim the length of a pool, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which puts them at risk of being one of the 10 people who drown every day in this country.

U.S. Masters Swimming's Adult Learn-to-Swim initiative is on the front lines to change this statistic. With education, outreach, and financial support, USMS is making more adults safer around water. 

Education: USMS's Adult Learn-to-Swim instructor certification program trains and educates swim instructors in the methods and techniques that work best for adult learners. The course is taught around the country multiple times a year. 

Outreach: The April is Adult Learn to Swim Month national campaign raises awareness to the problem of adult drowning risk, and helps members of the public find quality swim lessons near them. Many U.S. Masters teams and certified ALTS instructors offer low- or no-cost lessons in April in order to reach those who might not otherwise be able to learn to swim. 

Financial assistance: The USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, USMS's charitable arm, provides grant funding and training to swim lesson providers who work with adult clients. SSLF focuses on adults, with the hope and understanding that once an adult learns to swim, the children in that person's household are more likely to learn, too. By teaching adults to swim, USMS helps entire families be safer around water.

If you or a loved one doesn’t know how to swim, please use our instructor database or Places to Swim on the USMS website. You will be able to use your ZIP code to identify places to swim and certified instructors near you. 

If you need help locating an instructor in your area, or would like more information, please contact us at

For learn-to-swim lessons for children, please contact the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash program.