Swimming Saves Lives – Learn how to help get involved


The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, USMS’s charitable arm, is undertaking a national awareness campaign to help prevent adult drowning. We want you to know about the campaign and encourage others to join us.We’ve declared the month of April, “Adult Learn-to-Swim Month.” To date, the governors of Indiana, Nebraska, Washington, Maine, New Jersey, and Florida have issued proclamations in support.

Here is the proclamation from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: Swimming Saves Lives Proclamation (1)

You might be surprised to learn that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 37 percent of American adults can’t swim the length of a standard 25-yard pool. Even more alarming, 10 people drown every day in the U.S., and 8 of those are adults or young adults.

The Swimming Saves Lives Foundation and USMS can’t ignore these numbers–we feel compelled to help.

We see and hear every day from you, our members, how the fitness, health, and social benefits of swimming are life-changing and sometimes, literally lifesaving. But many of us take our swimming skills for granted, and forget that lifesaving in the immediate sense begins with basic swimming skills.

Once adults have basic swimming skills, getting them comfortable and confident in water so they can use Masters Swimming programs in their communities ultimately fulfills our “Swimming for Life” purpose.

On a planet that’s 70 percent water, everyone should know how to swim. Please visit our awareness campaign page atusms.org/learntoswim to learn more and help us spread the message.

Rob Butcher | Executive Director, U.S. Masters Swimming

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