Foundation Announces Partnership with Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation announced Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation as a member of its Make a Splash Affiliate Coalition. This partnership was forged in an effort to increase drowning prevention nationwide. Make a Splash is the national, child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation that aims to provide every child in America the opportunity to learn to swim.
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 across America.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation to promote the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative,” said USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse. “As we expand our Coalition, we look forward to positively impacting kids across the nation by saving lives through the message of learn-to-swim.”
As an Affiliate partner, the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation will be a “dry land” component of the Make a Splash Initiative, enhancing all that USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Local Partners do in the water for their participants. The Safer 3 Foundation will provide its educational materials to USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash Local Partners and Affiliates throughout the country, mutually supporting the two organizations’ common vision of a world without drowning.
Sobering Drowning Statistics
Approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14. Drowning is also a silent killer—most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time, according to the Present P. Child Drowning study.
Furthermore, 60-70 percent of African American and Hispanic/Latino children have low or no swimming ability, and only 13 percent of kids who come from a non-swimming household will ever learn to swim, according to a national research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis. African American children drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers, the CDC reports.