There are more than 18 million swimming pools and hot tubs in the United States, but more than one-third of adults in the United States can't swim the length of a pool, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 10 people drown every day, and the majority of them are adults. 

The CDC identifies a variety of factors that can influence drowning risk, including the inability to swim. 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 chances 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. SSLF is proud to support 54 adult learn-to-swim programs in 2018.

Thousands of adults across the country have benefitted from lessons taught by our program partners, thanks to generous contributions from USMS members and other supporters. USMS also accepts planned giving and bequests. Please read our gift acceptance policy.

If you'd like to discuss opportunities to contribute to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, please contact Holly Neumann, Manager, Adult Learn-to-Swim and Foundation Programs, at 941-556-6285 or via email.

Find a USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Program Near You

Organizations receiving grants in 2018
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 CenterCoeur d'Alene Coeur d'Alene ID
Salvation Army Kroc CenterSan 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 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 email us. Here are tips for submitting a strong application.

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 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 REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE." FLORIDA REGISTRATION CH33301