That’s the word from the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) who are continuing its nationwide annual April is Adult Learn-to-Swim Month campaign to reduce adult drowning risk by encouraging USMS clubs and certified adult learn-to-swim instructors to offer swim lessons in April, making swim lessons more accessible for more adults.
Alarmingly, 37% of American adults cannot swim the length of a 25-yard pool, according to the CDC; putting them at risk for becoming one of the 10 people who drown every day in the U.S.
“If we can convince water-shy adults to learn to swim in… we hope to save lives when people gather at pools and beaches for summer recreation” says Rob Butcher, executive director of U.S. Masters Swimming.
There are 1,500 programs available nationwide, encouraging adults to swim and enjoy the lifetime health, fitness and social benefits of swimming. Many of these April lessons are free or at greatly reduced cost for participants, supported by grants from the organization’s charitable arm, the USMS (Swimming Saves Lives Foundation). More than 1,000 adults learned how to swim at grant programs last year.
To learn more or find an adult learn-to-swim program, go to www.usms.org/alts-central/april-is-alts-month