Adult Learn to Swim Program
There are more than 18 million swimming pools and hot tubs in the USA. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 37% of American adults cannot swim the length of a pool. Every day, about 10 people die from drowning. The majority of unintentional drowning victims are adults. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. 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 SSLF (Swimming Saves Lives Foundation) is to advocate and raise awareness, and to serve as a resource for programs providing adult learn-to-swim lessons.
Through the generous contributions of USMS members and other supporters, SSLF has awarded grants and resources to programs that are providing adult learn-to-swim opportunities. Thousands of adults have benefited from lessons taught by the program. Our hope is that once an adult learns to swim or improves their swimming skills, they will have the confidence and desire to continue swimming in a Masters Swimming program and experience the lifelong benefits of swimming.
How do you start?
You don't need much, just a swimsuit, towel and googles. Goggles can be purchased at the pool or we have some for your use.
Lane 1 (furthest lane from the entrance) is for new swimmers who are in the program and learning to swim. At the completion of the course you will be able to complete the five Red Cross basic water competencies:
Any other questions about the program? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the program please fill out the information to the right: