Partners Aim to Provide More Swim Lessons to Kids in Need

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14. In recognition of World Drowning Prevention Day on July 25, the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) and Every Child A Swimmer announced they were partnering with Goldfish Swim School Franchising to ensure more children have access to low- to no-cost swimming lessons.

The organizations will collaborate to expand Every Child A Swimmer nationally, providing access to swim lessons for children in more communities. By connecting with entities across different states, both groups aim to create a cohesive and comprehensive approach to water safety education.

Together, the organizations will also work to expand current legislation related to water safety and swimming education. By pooling their resources and expertise, they aim to influence policymakers and make comprehensive swimming lessons accessible to all children.

Recognizing the influence of pediatricians in promoting child health and safety, Goldfish Swim School's Goldfish RX program provides tools for pediatricians and family doctors to promote water safety conversations. Goldfish Swim School Franchising also partners with renowned pediatrician Dr. Molly O’Shea to provide additional educational opportunities to help raise awareness about the importance of swim lessons and water safety through pediatrician networks.

"Our new alliance with Goldfish Swim School marks another step forward in our mission of spreading water safety education and reducing incidents among children," said Every Child A Swimmer Program Manager Casey McGovern. "By joining forces, we're able to bolster our ability to help families across North America."

Additionally, in May, the organization successfully lobbied for legislation in Georgia and Arkansas that requires every school to provide parents with water safety information and the location of local swim school resources. Florida was the first state to pass this legislation in 2021. The program's ultimate goal is for all 50 states to pass similar bills.