USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation


There are more than 18 million swimming pools and hot tubs in the USA. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of American adults cannot swim the length of a pool. Every day, about 10 people die from drowning, the majority of them adults. The CDC identifies a variety of factors that can influence drowning risk, including the lack of swimming ability. 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 risk 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. Thousands of adults across the country have benefited from lessons taught by our program partners, thanks to the generous contributions from USMS members and other supporters.

USMS also accepts planned giving and bequests. If you’d like to discuss opportunities to contribute to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, please contact the USMS National Office at 941-256-8767 or via email. You can also make an online donation. Please read our gift acceptance policy.

The USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation is proud to support 52 adult learn-to-swim programs in 2018. Congratulations to these grant recipients. We're excited to help you make more adults in your communities safer around water.

Find a USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation program near you  

Organization City State
Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center Phoenix AZ 
Arizona Aquatic Sports Foundation Mesa AZ
Blue Wave Aquatics Federal Way WA
Bozeman Masters Swim Club Bozeman  MT 
Charles River Masters  Cambridge MA 
City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation Hialeah FL
Disabled Sports USA Rockville MD
Diversity in Aquatics Virginia Beach VA
Dragon Swim School Moorhead MN
Embarcadero YMCA San Francisco CA
Evolution Multisport San Diego CA
Face in Water San Diego CA
Faculty Staff Fitness -- Oregon State  Corvallis OR
Fife Swim Center Fife WA
For Fun, For Fitness, For Life The Villages FL 
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition Fort Worth TX
Grand Traverse Bay YMCA/North Coast Masters Swimming Traverse City MI
Greenville Splash Masters Mauldin SC 
Gulf Coast Multi-Sport Slidell LA
Hood River Valley Parks and Rec/Columbia Gorge Masters Hood River OR
Intrepid Athletics, Inc. Rutland VT
iSwim Lafayette IN
Killington Aquatic Club Killington VT
Lakeside Masters Louisville KY
Manatee YMCA Bradenton FL
Memorial Park Natatorium Jasper AL
North Providence Pool and Fitness Center North Providence RI 
North Suburban YMCA Northbrook IL
Penobscot Bay YMCA Rockport ME
Queer Utah Aquatic Club Salt Lake City UT
Regency Sport and Health McLean VA
Richmond Swims Richmond CA 
Saluki Masters Carbondale IL
Salvation Army Kroc Center Coeur d'Alene Coeur d'Alene ID
Salvation Army Kroc Center San Diego San Diego CA
Santa Clara Swim Club Santa Clara CA
Sarasota Family YMCA Sarasota FL
St. Bernard Swim Club Meraux LA
Stowe Swimmers Foundation LTD Stowe VT 
Swymnut Masters Novato CA
UC Berkeley Rec Sports Berkeley CA
Veterans on the Rise Washington DC
Walnut Creek Masters Danville CA
Ward 3 Recreation Lake Charles LA
Worcester Area Masters Worcester MA
YMCA of Delaware Wilmington DE
YMCA of Greater Charlotte Charlotte NC
YMCA of Greater Seattle-Bellevue Family YMCA Bellevue WA
YMCA of Martha's Vineyard Vineyard Haven MA
YMCA of Metro Atlanta Atlanta GA
YMCA of Metro Chattanooga Chattanooga TN
YMCA of Southern Maine Casco Bay Branch Freeport ME
YMCA of the Desert Palm Desert CA
Zionsville Aquatic Masters/Zionsville Community Schools Zionsville IN


How to apply for a grant

Want to apply for an SSLF grant? The application window is open for 2021 from January 1 through February 20, and you can apply here (link will become available during grant window). If you have questions about the application or grant process or would like to be alerted when the application window opens, please contact Tips for submitting a strong application can be found here.

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