Take Steps to be safer around the water

 - Learn to Swim!
 - Get an adult if you go near the water.

 - Always swim with a buddy.
 - If someone is in trouble in the water call for help, don't go in!


Find a place to learn to swim today!



Learn to Swim!

Why should your child learn to swim? Because learning to swim significantly reduce the risk of drowning. Whether or not you plan to head to the pool, water is all around us - in rivers, lakes, drainage ditches, even large puddles. Equip your child with this life skill and you'll also be giving him/her access to all the fun and fitness the water can provide!


Why Make a Splash?

  • MAS Logo Primary (Med)70% of African American children cannot swim
  • 60% of Latino children cannot swim
  • 40% of Caucasian children cannot swim
  • Ten people drown each day in the U.S
  • Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood unintentional death for children under the age of 14 


Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.


Research Study reveals 60-70% of African-American and Hispanic kids can't swim.


Make a Splash Tour Presented by Phillips 66

 In 2009, the USA Swimming Foundation launched its Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66. The tour is designed to educate parents, children, educators and communities about the importance of learning to swim and being safe around the water.

Learn more about the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 which visited four cities in 2014.

Local Partner Program

Through our Make a Splash Local Partner Program, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers nationwide to offset the cost of swimming lessons and educate communities about the importance of learning how to swim.

Affiliate Coalition

The Make a Splash Affiliate Coalition is comprised of aquatic industry leaders and community organizations with the common goal of promoting the importance of learn-to-swim and water safety to children all across America. Learn more about how you can partner with the USA Swimming Foundation and become a Make a Splash Affiliate.



Get Involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved in Make a Splash and help us save lives. Whether you are a swim school looking to join our network of local partner providers, a parent searching for more information or a concerned advocate wanting to donate, you've come to the right place! Check below for all the ways you can get involved.

Donate to the USA Swimming Foundation


Become a Make a Splash Local Partner 

Atttend one our stops on the “Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66”


Become a Make a Splash Affiliate


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