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.

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 2019


Swim Fit Alaska/Stingray Masters Swimming (Fairbanks)                                

Top of the World Swimming (Soldotna)                                                              


Memorial Park Natatorium (Jasper)                                                                      

Lakeshore Foundation (Birmingham)                                                                                  


The Joys of Swimming (Bentonville)                                                                                    


Arizona Aquatic Sports Foundation (Mesa)                                                        

Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center (Phoenix)                               


Embarcadero YMCA (San Francisco)                                                                                    

SilverPeak Performance (Sunland)                                                                        

Swymnut Masters (Novato)                                                                                    

Richmond Swims (Richmond)                                                                                  

Walnut Creek Masters (Walnut Creek)                                                                               

Salvation Army Kroc Center San Diego (San Diego)                                                         

Presidio Community YMCA (San Francisco)                                                                      

Competitive Tri-Swim Masters (Rancho Cucamonga)                                                                    


Loveland Masters Swim Club (Loveland)                                                              

District of Columbia  

C and O Aquatics (Washington, D.C.)                                                                                


YMCA of Delaware (Wilmington)                                                                                          


For Fun, For Fitness, For Life (The Villages)                                                                        

Sarasota Family YMCA (Sarasota)                                                                                       

Sarasota Tsunami Masters (Sarasota)                                                                   

Palm Beach Masters (Jupiter)                                                                                 

YMCA of South Palm Beach County (Boca Raton)                                                            


YMCA of Metro Atlanta (Atlanta)                                                                          

Kennesaw State Univ. Dept. of Sports and Rec. Aquatics Dept. (Kennesaw)            


Salvation Army Kroc Center Coeur d'Alene (Coeur d’Alene)                                          

Sawtooth Masters (Boise)                                                                                        


Saluki Masters Swim Club (Carbondale)                                                               


Zionsville Aquatic Masters/Zionsville Community Schools (Zionsville)        

Indy Aquatic Masters (Indianapolis)                                                                                     


Will to Succeed Foundation/68’s Inside Sports (Overland Park)                                   


Lakeside Masters (Louisville)                                                                                  

Wildcat Masters (Lexington)                                                                                  


Gulf Coast Multi-Sport (Slidell)                                                                               

St. Bernard Swim Club (Mereax)                                                                            


YMCA of Martha's Vineyard (Vineyard Haven)                                                                 

Worcester Area Masters (Worcester)                                                                   

Berkshire Family YMCA/Pittsfield Polar Bears Masters (Pittsfield)                               


YMCA of the Chesapeake (Easton)                                                                        

Hopkins School of Medicine Swim Club (Baltimore)                                                       


YMCA of Southern Maine, Casco Bay branch (Freeport)                                  


Holland Community Aquatic Center (Holland)                                                    


Twin Cities Aquatics Cooperative (Minneapolis)                                                


Bozeman Masters Swim Club (Bozeman)                                                                            

North Carolina 

Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation (Charlotte)                                         

Gaston Aquatics (Gastonia)                                                                                     

YMCA of Greater Charlotte (Charlotte)                                                                

New York       

Rockland County YMCA (Nyack)                                                          

UB Foundation c/o Nickel City Splash (North Tonawanda)

Long Beach Recreation Center (Long Beach)                                                                    


Sylvania Masters Swim Club (Holland)                                                                  

Bowling Green Swim Club (Bowling Green)                                                                       


Grants Pass Family YMCA (Grants Pass)                                                               

Hood River Valley Parks and Rec District (Hood River)                                   

Faculty-Staff Fitness OSU (Corvallis)                                                                      

South Carolina 

Greenville Splash Masters (Greenville)                                                                 

Grand Strand Masters Swimming (North Myrtle Beach)                                                


YMCA of Metro Chattanooga Downtown YMCA (Chattanooga)                                   


Rockport Community Pool (Rockport)                                                                  

Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition (Fort Worth)                                

Frisco Masters Booster Club (Frisco)                                                                     

Rebekah's Freedom Floaters (Livingston)                                                                           


Queer Utah Aquatic Club (Salt Lake City)                                                             


US Fitness Holdings/Sport & Health (McLean)                                                   

Hampton Family YMCA (Hampton)                                                                                      


Stowe Swimmers Foundation (Stowe)                                                                  

Intrepid Athletics (Rutland)                                                                                     


Fife Aquatic Center (Fife)                                                                                         

YMCA of Greater Seattle-Bellevue Family YMCA (Bellevue)

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.

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