USA Swimming Foundation

USA Triathlon and USA Swimming Foundation Partnership

USA Triathlon and the USA Swimming Foundation have partnered in launching a joint campaign to provide all USA Triathlon Splash and Dash and Youth Aquathlon participants, and their families, with an incentive and opportunity to participate in quality, affordable and easily accessible learn-to-swim programs.

Swimming is a lifesaving skill as well as an excellent source of exercise, one which opens the door to various recreational activities, such as triathlon, among other water-related sports, providing a lifetime of opportunity.Hubbard

With one of the main components of a Splash and Dash event being the swim, it is with the utmost importance that all participants are educated on proper swim techniques and other aquatic skills. For those who are unable to participate in the USA Triathlon Splash and Dash event due to their inability to swim, families can find proper learn-to-swim programs via the USA Swimming Foundation’s network of Make a Splash Local Partners. To find a qualified learn-to-swim provider near you and register your child for swimming lessons today, click here.

Further, the empowerment it will give to the youth athletes will enable to them to not only gain self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment, but also the drive to compete in swimming, running, cycling, and other multisport events.

About the USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions—in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with learn-to-swim skills through our Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more, please visit

Affiliate Coalition

USA Triathlon is proud to participate in the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Affiliate Coalition. The Affiliate Coalition is a strategic cohort comprised of businesses and organizations who share the common goal of promoting the importance of learning to swim and water safety.  By joining this coalition of nationally recognized partners and vendors, USA Triathlon is recognized as a national member of the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Affiliate Coalition, which works together to end childhood drowning in the United States.  Together, a nation can be created where every child has the opportunity to learn to swim, and we can expand our reach further than we ever thought possible.

To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Affiliate Coalition, click here.

By The Numbers

  • On average, ten people drown every day in the U.S.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14
  • 70% of African American, 60% of Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability
  • If a parent does not know how to swim, there is only a 13 percent chance that a child within the household will learn how to swim.
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  2National research study commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation and conducted by the University of Memphis (2010) 3Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (2009)

Make a Splash

Why should your child learn to swim? Because learning to swim significantly reduce the risk of drowning. Whether or not you plan to head to the pool, water is all around us - in rivers, lakes, drainage ditches, even large puddles. Equip your child with this life skill and you'll also be giving him/her access to all the fun and fitness the water can provide!

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The Research and Statistics


Swim-a-Thon™ is a fun and easy way to raise money for your team!

Participants earn money by swimming lengths of the swimming pool. Swimmers have a two-hour period in which to swim a maximum of 200 lengths. Swimmers get pledges from family, neighbors or businesses to support their efforts. Donors can either pledge a certain amount of money per length, or make a flat donation in support of your team.

USA Swimming Foundation's Swim-a-Thon™ is the only official pledge-for-length swim program. Since 1998, Swim-a-Thons™ have generated more than $30 million for swim clubs and swim programs across the country.

The USA Swimming Foundation is proud to support your fundraising efforts. Participating teams will receive a new and improved fundraising toolkit, where you’ll find all the information you need to run a successful Swim-a-Thon™. Additionally, you’ll learn how the USA Swimming Foundation can incentivize your program with certificates and awards for your athletes, and provide promotion support to ensure the success of your event.

Click here to find out more!

Swim-a-Thon™ is a registered trademark of the USA Swimming Foundation. In order to host a pledge-for-length swimming event, participating organizations must sign a contract with the USA Swimming Foundation. Participating teams agree to pay a nominal fee to the USA Swimming Foundation of 5% of the gross revenue from your Swim-a-Thon™ event. The fee that is paid to the USA Swimming Foundation supports its mission to save lives and build champions—in the pool and in life.