National Learn to Swim Day

National Learn to Swim Day was held on May 20, 2017. Join us for the 7th SwimWays National Learn to Swim Day on May 19, 2018!

National Learn to Swim Day is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim. With summer right around the corner, learning this invaluable life skill is even more essential for safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14. If we work together to promote learning to swim, we can improve this scary statistic and make water wonderful for everyone!

It's a Swimming Celebration!

Founded by Swimways in 2012, National Learn to Swim Day is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim. Held on the third Saturday of May each year, Swimways encourages parents and caregivers nationwide to celebrate in their own way. (See below for some great ideas and resources!) National Learn to Swim Day can be any day you want – there's no time limit on learning to swim!

Swim Team Badge

Follow along with our Swim Steps Swim Team as they teach their kids to swim this summer! 

Meet the 2017 Swim Team!

Event Toolkit & Rewards

Whether you're hosting a National Learn to Swim Day event, blogging about the movement, or teaching someone to swim at the local recreation center or from the comforts of home – we have lots of tools to help you along the way! 



Event Logo


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Drowning Facts Infographic


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Event Invitation & Host Guide


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Swimming Certificate


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Coloring Pages


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NLTSD Scuba Dudes

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Ways to Celebrate

Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day with these fun and educational activities:

  • 1. Enroll your kids in swim lessons through USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Local Partners, a local YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America or other local swim clubs.
  • 2. Visit a community pool as a family – and remember to pack a picnic!
  • 3. Lifeguards are unsung heroes. Take a few minutes to tell your local lifeguard how much you appreciate them.
  • 4. Host a group swimming lesson at a local pool.
  • 5. Check out smart pool safety tips in our Resources section.
  • 6. Have a pool? Invite a few friends over for a synchronized swimming competition.
  • 7. Encourage kids with downloadable rewards such as our National Learn to Swim Day swimming certificate and free coloring pages in the toolkit to the left. 
  • 8. Still too cold to swim outside? Grab a float and a swimsuit and practice some silly splashes in the bathtub.
  • 9. Take a CPR or First Aid class. 
  • 10. Visit a local library and check out a book about famous Olympic swimmers.
  • 11. Talk to your children about water safety.
  • 12. Start your own Learn-to-Swim Celebration. Contact your local pool, waterpark or community center and help organize a fun event.

National Learn to Swim Day is timed with other events being held during National Water Safety Month (May) in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim, and provide resources to parents for teaching their kids this important skill.

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The partnership between SwimWays and the USA Swimming Foundation was created to combat alarming childhood drowning statistics, and help bring an end to this national epidemic. Each year our organizations join forces for National Learn to Swim Day, dedicated to raising the awareness about water safety and the importance of teaching all children to swim. Join us!

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Drowning statistics source: (CDC) Weekly 5/18/12 61 (19); 344-347. See the CDC website for additional information about drowning prevention.

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