Step Into Swim Reaches 23,500 Kids in 2022

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) recently reviewed the achievements of its Step Into Swim program for 2022, announcing that the program raised $750,000 and funded swim lessons for more than 23,000 children. The water safety initiative, led by Rowdy Gaines, Olympic Gold medalist and vice president and development at PHTA, continues to raise awareness for drowning prevention and the lifesaving skill of learning how to swim.

 “Thanks to the support of our generous donors, Step Into Swim has made a difference for families throughout the U.S. and elevated our message about the importance of swim lessons,” said Gaines. “We have had an amazing year, and I look forward to what we’ll accomplish in 2023.”

In 2022, Step Into Swim raised more than $750,000 dollars from the pool and hot tub industry; provided grants to more than 60 facilities in 43 states; funded swim lessons for 23,500 children; featured a swim safety segment on The TODAY Show; and collaborated with its Champions Board, a distinguished group of athletes, industry professionals and philanthropists, to advance the difference-making initiative. 

“There is no greater mission for PHTA’s Step Into Swim program than to create more swimmers. By expanding our reach and working alongside trusted industry advocates, we can continue to instill safety and confidence in even our youngest of swimmers,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, president and CEO of PHTA. “With Rowdy at the helm and our partners beside him, Step Into Swim is a champion for drowning prevention education.”  

On average, it costs Step Into Swim $50 per child to provide swimming lessons. Donors can support Step Into Swim at tiered funding levels, and 100% of funds go directly to Step Into Swim programming to ensure children get the education they need to thrive in and around the water. Visit to see a full list of supporters and to learn more about how to get involved.