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Adult Learn to Swim

USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation

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There are more than 18 million swimming pools and hot tubs in the USA. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 37% of American adults cannot swim the length of a pool. Every day, about 10 people die from drowning. The majority of unintentional drowning victims are adults. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. The CDC identifies a variety of factors that can influence drowning risk, including the lack of swimming ability. 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 risk of drowning.

The purpose of SSLF is to advocate and raise awareness, and to serve as a resource for programs providing adult learn-to-swim lessons. We solicit charitable contributions and provide grants to SSLF program providers.

Our hope is that once an adult learns to swim or improves their swimming skills, they will have the confidence and desire to continue swimming in a Masters Swimming program and experience the lifelong benefits of swimming.

Through the generous contributions of USMS members and other supporters, SSLF has awarded more than $205,000 in grants and resources to programs that are providing adult learn-to-swim opportunities. Thousands of adults have benefited from lessons taught by our program partners. Programs that have received grants and resources include Mesa Aquatics Club through a partnership with the Arizona Aquatic Sports Foundation. For more information click here for email or call 602-831-7575.

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Free Adult Learn to Swim Clinic

Through a grant from the  Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, we are offering Adult Learn to Swim clinics free of charge to City of Mesa employees.  The classes are small, three students per instructor, to ensure that each participant gets one on one attention and can progress at a pace that is comfortable for them.   The goals of this clinic are to get you comfortable in the water, learn rhythmic breathing, floating, and basic swimming skills. You will be safer and more confident in and around water by the end of the clinic!   If you’ve always wanted to learn how to swim but lacked the opportunity or have put it off, NOW is your time!!! Summer is coming…. don’t be left sitting on the pool deck watching all the fun. BE the fun! Let’s go swimming!


Saturday, April 11

Kino Aquatics Center

848 N. Horne, Mesa

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Saturday, April 18

Skyline Aquatics Center

845 S. Crismon 

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Contact Laura Smith by email  [email protected] or phone 602.831.7575 for information


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