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The USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation* works to reduce adult drowning risk through education, financial support, and community outreach. Donations to SSLF, the charitable arm of U.S. Masters Swimming, support adult learn-to-swim providers and programs nationwide, helping to make swim lessons more accessible to more people.
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 USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation works hard to reduce these risks by serving as a financial and educational resource for programs nationwide that provide adult learn-to-swim lessons. Since 2012, SSLF has awarded more than $550,000 in grants to adult learn-to-swim providers and programs.
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.