USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

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January 24th, 2020 Masters, News

Courtesy: US Masters Swimming

SARASOTA, Fla. – Nearly 70 adult learn-to-swim lessons providers nationwide will receive funding and education support from the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation in 2020.

The grants totaling more than $100,000 are given in support of U.S. Masters Swimming’s efforts to make more adults safer in and around water. These programs offer swim lessons to adults at a reduced cost or for free and are most often led by USMS-certified adult learn-to-swim instructors. These instructors have been educated by USMS in the techniques and methods that work best for adult-beginner swimmers.

In 2019, nearly 2,000 adults took swim lessons in SSLF programs around the country, making them less likely to be among the 10 people who drown every day in the United States.

The benefit of adults learning to swim goes beyond the student. Research shows that children of an adult who doesn’t know how to swim have only a 19 percent chance of learning.

“Adult swim lessons save lives,” says Bill Brenner, chief operating officer of USMS. “We here at USMS and the foundation are committed to making more people safer around water. The SSLF grant programs and our certified adult learn-to-swim instructors are making a difference in whole families.”

SSLF was established as the charitable arm of USMS in 2010 and is supported by donations from USMS members and friends and has awarded nearly $700,000 since its inception.

USMS is the national governing body of adult competitive swimming in the United States.

The 2020 USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation grant programs are listed below by state. Information about individual programs can be found here.


Swim Fit Alaska, Fairbanks


Memorial Park Natatorium, Jasper


Pine Bluff Aquatic Center, Pine Bluff


Arizona Aquatic Sports Foundation/Mesa Aquatics Club, Mesa

Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center, Gilbert

Northern Arizona University Campus Rec, Flagstaff

SaddleBrooke Swim Club, Tucson


Embarcadero YMCA, San Francisco

SilverPeak Performance, Sunland

Richmond Swims, Richmond

Walnut Creek Masters, Walnut Creek

Salvation Army Kroc Center San Diego, San Diego

Competitive Tri-Swim Masters, Rancho Cucamonga

Cal Rec Sports, UC Berkeley, Berkeley

Marin Aquatic Masters, Novato

SAMO Masters, Culver City

Temescal Aquatic Masters, Oakland

District of Columbia        

C and O Aquatics, Washington, D.C.


YMCA of Delaware, Dover


For Fun, For Fitness, For Life, The Villages

Sarasota Tsunami Masters, Sarasota

Palm Beach Masters, Jupiter

Swamp Water Aquatics, Gainesville         

SWIMS Foundation, Overland Park

Waddle’s Adult Swim Academy, Sarasota

Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Orlando


YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta

Kennesaw State Univ. Dept. of Sports and Rec. Aquatics Dept., Kennesaw

Swim Beyond the Boundaries, Atlanta


Salvation Army Kroc Center Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene

Moscow Chinooks Masters, Moscow


Saluki Masters Swim Club, Carbondale


Zionsville Aquatic Masters, Zionsville


Central ALTS, Louisville

Clear Creek Masters, Shelbyville

Western Kentucky Green Gators, Bowling Green


Gulf Coast Multi-Sport, Slidell


YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Haven

Worcester Area Masters, Worcester

Charles River Aquatics Masters, Boston


YMCA of the Chesapeake, Easton

Hopkins School of Medicine Swim Club, Baltimore


Penobscot Bay YMCA, Rockport


Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, Traverse City


Twin Cities Aquatics Cooperative, Minneapolis


Megan Cameron Swim Coaching, Joplin


Bozeman Masters Swim Club, Bozeman

North Carolina  

Gaston Aquatics, Gastonia

Greensboro Aquatics Center, Greensboro

New York           

Nickel City Splash, North Tonawanda


Bowling Green Swim Club, Bowling Green

Rhythm & Stroke LLC, Beechwood

Y of Greater Cincinnati: Clermont and M.E. Lyons branches, Cincinnati


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, N. Myrtle Beach

Palmetto Masters, Mount Pleasant


Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, Fort Worth

Texas Ford Aquatics Masters, Frisco

PowerWatt Coaching, Brownsville


Queer Utah Aquatic Club, Salt Lake City


Sport & Health, McLean, McLean


Stowe Swimmers Foundation, Stowe

Upper Valley Aquatic Center, White River Junction


YMCA of Greater Seattle-Bellevue Family YMCA, Bellevue


Making Waves Milwaukee, Milwaukee

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