USA Swimming Foundation Awards $898,184 in 2022 Grant Funding for Swim Lesson Providers


The USA Swimming Foundation today announced that it has awarded $898,184 to learn to swim programs across the country through its 2022 grant program – the largest ever dollar amount awarded through its grant program for swim lesson providers. A gift of $200,000 from Step Into Swim, an initiative of the Pool & Hot Tub Foundation (PHTF) committed to safer swim education and drowning prevention, along with an additional $80,000 approved by the USA Swimming Foundation Board of Directors, helped bring youth learn to swim grant awards to the largest amount in USA Swimming foundation history.

The USA Swimming Foundation, the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, vetted 184 youth grant applications through a competitive annual review process, selecting 102 programs across 29 states to receive $763,184 in funding as part of its 2022 grant program for swim lesson providers. These grants will support youth programs offering free or reduced-cost swim lessons, providing an estimated 19,870 children with the opportunity to learn how to swim. 

A strong advocate of USA Swimming Foundation, Step Into Swim’s donation helps the Foundation continue to save lives and build champions.  

Learning to swim from a qualified instructor drastically reduces the risk of childhood drowning by 88%. The more awareness we bring to the importance of swim instruction, the more lives we can save,” said three-time Olympic gold medalist and VP of Partnerships and Development for PHTA Rowdy Gaines. “Step Into Swim is proud to collaborate with an organization like the USA Swimming Foundation, whose efforts to support learn-to-swim programs is important, life-saving work.”

For the first time, the USA Swimming Foundation has also awarded grant funding to programs that focus on adult learntoswim efforts, granting $135,000 to 39 adult learn-to-swim programs across 22 states, providing an estimated 2,007 adults the opportunity to learn how to swim.  Earlier in 2021, U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) moved its fundraising efforts for adult learn-to-swim programs from its Swimming Saves Lives Foundation to the USA Swimming Foundation, bringing all learn-to-swim fundraising efforts under the USA Swimming Foundation. U.S. Masters Swimming continues to own and administer adult learn-to-swim curriculum and certification for instructors, as well as provide resources to programs offering adult lessons throughout the United States. 

The following programs have been awarded 2022 USA Swimming Foundation grant funding: 

Youth Learn to Swim Programs

Program City State
Andrson Swim School LLC Cincinnati  Ohio
Bangor Region YMCA    Bangor  Maine
Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas Nacogdoches  Texas
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence    Lawrence  Massachusetts
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Inc.    Chicago  Illinois
City of Aiken Aiken  South Carolina
City of Anoka Anoka  Minnesota
City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks    Bakersfield  California
City of Colusa    Colusa  California
City of Englewood Englewood  New Jersey
City of Englewood, CO Englewood  Colorado
City of Folsom    Folsom  California
City of Jersey City    Jersey City  New Jersey
City of King King City  California
City of Marion Marion  Illinois
City of Memphis Memphis  Tennessee
City of Myrtle Beach, SC Myrtle Beach  South Carolina
City of Peoria    Peoria  Arizona
City of Riverside Riverside  California
City Swim Project Buffalo  New York
CLE Swimming, LLC    Olmsted Falls  Ohio
Clovis Unified School District Clovis  California
College Hill Presbyterian Swim Ministry    Cincinnati  Ohio
Dad’s Club Aquatic Center /  Dad’s Club Swim Start    Houston  Texas
Evanston Swim School LLC Evanston  Illinois
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition    Fort Worth  Texas
Grand Rapids Ray and Joan Kroc Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center    Grand Rapids  Michigan
Greater Holyoke YMCA  Holyoke  Massachusetts
Greater Peoria Family YMCA    Peoria  Illinois
Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership Richmond  Virginia
Harris County Precinct One Street Olympics, Inc. Houston  Texas
Historic Cleveland Ave YMCA of Montgomery, AL (YMCA of Greater Montgomery)    Montgomery  Alabama
Inspirational Triathlon Racing International d/b/a i-tri    East Hampton  New York
Jewish Community Center–Indianapolis Indianapolis  Indiana
Kenosha YMCA Kenosha  Wisconsin
Kraken Swim School    Hubbard  Ohio
Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc    New Haven  Connecticut
Madison Area YMCA    Madison  New Jersey
Magnolia Independent School District  – Magnolia Aquatic Club    Magnolia  Texas
Merrimack Valley YMCA Lawrence  Massachusetts
Metro Aquatics Boosters    Tacoma  Washington
Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges  Livingston  New Jersey
Michigan City Piranha Swim    Michigan City  Indiana
Mundelein Swim School LLC Mundelein  Illinois
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy Systems  Muskegon  Michigan
Muskegon YMCA    Muskeon  Michigan
Nashville Dolphins Nashville  Tennessee
NILE SWIM CLUB OF YEADON    Yeadon  Pennsylvania
North Dallas Aquatics Inc. Frisco  Texas
North Suburban Young Men’s Christian Association Northbrook  Illinois
Northbrook Swim School LLC Northbrook  Illinois
Port Charlotte Pirates Swim Club, Inc.    Murdock  Florida
Raritan Valley YMCA, A New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation    East Brunswick  New Jersey
Robbinsdale Community Education-District 281    Plymouth  Minnesota
Rutherford Swim Association    Rutherford  New Jersey
Santa Fe Aquatics    Santa Fe  New Mexico
Sensory Enhanced Aquatics    Kansas City  Kansas
sharks swim club League City  Texas
Silver Bay YMCA    Silver Bay  New York
South Sound Young Men’s Christian Association Olympia  Washington
Specialty Aquatic Programs LLC    Troy  Michigan
St. Augustine Preparatory Academy/Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center    Milwaukee  Wisconsin
Stamford Family YMCA    Stamford  Connecticut
SwemKids International, Inc. Atlanta  Georgia
Swim Beyond LLC    Atlanta  Georgia
Swim Center at Westminster School    Simsbury  Connecticut
Swim to the Top    Tuscaloosa  Alabama
SwimLabs Littleton    Littleton  Colorado
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc.    Tampa  Florida
TANKPROOF    Prairieville  Louisiana
The Gift of Swimming    Winter Garden  Florida
The Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Inc. Wilton  Connecticut
The Salvation Army Rancho Palos Verdes  California
The West Cook YMCA, Inc.   Oak Park  Illinois
Tillamook County Family YMCA    Tillamook  Oregon
Trident Swim Foundation, Inc.    New York  New York
Tucson Jewish Community Center, Inc.    Tucson  Arizona
Upper Palmetto YMCA Rock Hill  South Carolina
Urban Swim Cleveland LLC Cleveland Heights  Ohio
V3 Sports Minneapolis  Minnesota
Valley of the Sun YMCA Phoenix  Arizona
Woodland Hills Aquatic Team    Pittsburgh  Pennsylvania
YMCA of Boulder Valley Lafayette  Colorado
YMCA of Eastern Union County Elizabeth  New Jersey
YMCA of Greater Dayton – Downtown Branch    Dayton  Ohio
YMCA of Greater Louisville    Louisville  Kentucky
YMCA of Greater Michiana    Niles  Michigan
YMCA of Greater Omaha Omaha  Nebraska
YMCA of Greater Seattle    Seattle  Washington
YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County Kingston  New York
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago    Chicago  Illinois
YMCA of New Orleans Metropolitan Metairie  Louisiana
YMCA of Prattville, Alabama, Inc.  Prattville  Alabama
YMCA of Snohomish County    Everett  Washington
YMCA of South Collier    Marco Island  Florida
YMCA of Southwest Washington    Longview  Washington
YMCA of the Greater Houston Area Houston  Texas
YMCA of the North Minneapolis  Minnesota
YMCA of the North Shore, Inc. Beverly  Massachusetts
YMCA, Boston Attleboro  Massachusetts
YWCA Evanston/North Shore    Evanston  Illinois
YWCO of Athens, GA, Inc.  Athens  Georgia


Adult Learn to Swim Programs

Program City State
Bangor Region YMCA Bangor Maine
Central Adult Learn-to-Swim, Inc. Louisville    Kentucky
City of Englewood Recreation Department Englewood    New Jersey
City of Rockport – Community Pool Rockport    Texas
Evolutionary Aquatics, LLC Charlotte    North Carolina
Find Your Fins, Inc Tucson    Arizona
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition Fort Worth    Texas
Friends of + POOL, Inc. New York New York
Greenville Splash Mauldin South Carolina
Groton Recreation Groton New York
Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore Owings Mills    Maryland
Marin Aquatic Masters Novato    California
Miracle Swimming School for Adults, LLC Sarasota Florida
Montgomery County Recreation Wheaton Maryland
Moscow Chinook Masters- Adult Learn to Swim Moscow    Idaho
Mt. Pleasant Aquatics Mt. Pleasant    Utah
Muskegon Young Men’s Christian Association Muskegon    Michigan
Muslimahs Endure, Inc Atlanta    Georgia
Phoenix Swim Club Paradise Valley Arizona
Piedmont Family YMCA Charlottesville    Virginia
Raritan Valley YMCA East Brunswick New Jersey
Rhythm and Stroke LLC Cleveland    Ohio
Rockland County YMCA Nyack New York
S3 Swim DBA Specialty Aquatic Programs LLC Troy    Michigan
Sensory Enhanced Aquatics Kansas City Kansas
Sigma Swimming Fort Worth  Texas
SilverPeak Performance Sunland    California
Swim Fit Alaska Fairbanks Alaska
SwimBox Community Foundation Springfield    Virginia
Swimming with Alaska Masters Anchorage Alaska
Team New York Aquatics, Inc. New York  New York
The Salvation Army Western Territorial Headquarters Rancho Palos Verdes California
Valley of the Sun YMCA Phoenix    Arizona
West Suburban YMCA Newton Massachusetts
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Cincinnati    Ohio
YMCA of Greater Houston Houston    Texas
YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County Kingston New York
YMCA of South Palm Beach County, Inc. Boca Raton    Florida
Young Women’s Christian Organization (YWCO) Athens Georgia
Zionsville Aquatic Center/Zionsville Com Schools Zionsville Indiana

The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by raising funds to support programs that save lives and build champions. To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation, including how to find a learn-to-swim program in your area and grant opportunities, please visit

Since its inception, the Step Into Swim program has provided nearly 300,000 children with free swimming lessons. To learn more about this initiative, please visit


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