At BEST, our mission is to reduce
the rate of drowning among children and teens by teaching
fundamental, lifesaving water safety skills and by providing access
to all levels of the sport of swimming.
For more than 10 years, BEST has served as the leader in aquatic
education in the Boston community. We believe that swimming
is not only a sport - it’s a lifesaving skill. BEST is a
non-profit organization built on the principle idea that every
child deserves access to high quality swim education regardless of
their family’s economic means. Our mission is to reduce the
rate of drowning among children and teens by teaching fundamental,
lifesaving water safety skills and providing access to all levels
of the sport of swimming. Through our unique approach to swim
education, we have taught hundreds of swimmers and given them the
skills necessary to thrive both in and outside of the pool. Our
philosophy is quite simple: access + education = opportunity. We
are building stronger communities one swimmer at a time. We
Tackling the problem -
Lack of swim education is not just a local issue, but a national
one as well. Let’s tackle this together.
Every day, about ten people die
from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged
14 or younger.
Drowning ranks fifth among the
leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United
African American children drown
5.5 times the rate of other children.
Nearly 64% of African American
children and 45% of Hispanic children have low or no swimming
Drowning was the leading cause of
unintentional injury death among Massachusetts children 0-14 years