Encouraging More Adults to Swim
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.

SSLF's purpose is 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 2011, SSLF has awarded nearly $335,000 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 Dawson Hughes at 941-556-6270 or via email. You can also make an online donation. Please read our gift acceptance policy.

The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation is proud to support 38 adult learn-to-swim programs in 2017. Congratulations to these grant recipients. We're excited to help you make more adults in your communities safer around water.

Programs that have received grants and resources 

Organization City State
Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center Phoenix AZ 
Bozeman Masters Swim Club Bozeman  MT 
Charles River Masters  Cambridge MA 
Diversity in Aquatics Virginia Beach VA
Evolution Multisport 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
Greenville Splash Masters Mauldin SC 
Hood River Valley Parks and Rec/Columbia Gorge Masters Hood River OR
Intrepid Athletics, Inc. Rutland VT
iSwim Masters Lafayette IN 
Kalamazoo Masters Portage MI 
Memorial Park Natatorium Jasper AL
Minnetonka Masters Minnetonka MN
Mount Pleasant Recreation Department Mount Pleasant SC
Napoleon Aquatic Club/Napoleon Special Needs Napoleon OH 
North Providence Pool and Fitness Center North Providence RI 
Penobscot Bay YMCA Rockport ME
Queens Masters Swimming, Inc. Elmhurst NY
Queer Utah Aquatic Club Salt Lake City UT
Richmond Swims Richmond CA 
Saluki Masters Carbondale IL
Salvation Army Coeur d'Alene Kroc Center Coeur d'Alene ID
SAMO Masters Santa Monica CA
Score4More Roxbury MA
St. Bernard Swim Club Meraux LA
Stowe Swimmers Foundation LTD Stowe VT 
Swimcalm  Charleston SC 
Swymnut Masters Novato CA
The Citadel Charleston SC 
Town of Christianburg/Christianburg Aquatic Center Christianburg VA 
Trinity United Methodist Church Kearns UT 
East Texas Aquatics Tyler TX
Walnut Creek Masters Danville CA
Wild Rivers Coast Masters Crescent City CA
Wrangell Parks and Recreation Department Wrangell AK
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 from May through July, and you can apply here. If you have questions about the application or grant process or would like to be alerted when the application window opens, please contact Holly Neumann.

U.S. Masters Swimming is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. U.S. Masters Swimming’s tax identification number is 31-0999051. You can find out more about us on guidestar.org under United States Masters Swimming, Inc. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. 1- 800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) OR www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE." FLORIDA REGISTRATION CH33301

Sponsor #14Sponsor #43Sponsor #36Sponsor #58Sponsor #51
Sponsor #29Sponsor #41Sponsor #49Sponsor #52Sponsor #56
Sponsor #42Sponsor #25Sponsor #59Sponsor #57Sponsor #13Sponsor #60Sponsor #20