National Learn to Swim Day

Saturday, May 17, 2014 was the third annual National Learn to Swim Day,  the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim. With summer right around the corner, learning this invaluable life skill is even more essential for fun as well as for safety.

According to the American Red Cross, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14. If we work together to promote the importance of swimming, we can improve this scary statistic and make water wonderful for everyone.

It's a Swimming Celebration!

Founded by SwimWays® in 2012, National Learn to Swim Day is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim. Held on the third Saturday of May each year, SwimWays encourages parents and caregivers nationwide to celebrate in their own way. (See below for some great ideas and resources!) National Learn to Swim Day can be any day you want – there's no time limit on learning to swim!

Swim Team Badge

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2014 Event Toolkit & Rewards

National Learn to Swim Day 2014 Toolkit

Whether you're hosting a National Learn to Swim Day event, blogging about the movement, or teaching someone to swim at the local recreation center or from the comforts of home – we have lots of tools to help you along the way! 

How to download files: Click on the small images below to open a new browser window with the full size file, then simply save the file to your computer.

Logos and Web Banners

Want to promote National Learn to Swim Day online? Use our logo and web banners to tell your friends and followers!

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Event Poster

Hosting your own National Learn to Swim Day Event? Use our invitational poster and hosting guide we created to spread the word! 


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Swim Achievement Certificate

Has your child made strides in learning to swim? No matter how small the step, recognize and encourage their progress with this certificate we specially designed for you! 


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Coloring Pages

Looking for something to give the little ones to do on a rainy afternoon? Download our coloring pages for a fun, creative way to spend their time when they can't get to the pool! 

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Ways to Celebrate

Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day with these fun and educational activities:

  • 1. Enroll your kids in swim lessons at a local YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America or other local swim club.
  • 2. Visit a community pool as a family – and remember to pack a picnic!
  • 3. Lifeguards are unsung heroes. Take a few minutes to tell your local lifeguard how much you appreciate them.
  • 4. Host a group swimming lesson at a local pool.
  • 5. Check out smart pool safety tips in our Resources section.
  • 6. Have a pool? Invite a few friends over for a synchronized swimming competition.
  • 7. Encourage kids with downloadable rewards such as our National Learn to Swim Day swimming certificate and free coloring pages in the toolkit to the left. (And don't miss our coloring contest in May!)
  • 8. Still too cold to swim outside? Grab a float and a swimsuit and practice some silly splashes in the bathtub.
  • 9. Take a CPR or First Aid class. 
  • 10. Visit a local library and check out a book about famous Olympic swimmers.
  • 11. Talk to your children about water safety.
  • 12. Start your own Learn-to-Swim Celebration. Contact your local pool, waterpark or community center and help organize a fun event.

National Learn to Swim Day is timed with other events being held during National Water Safety Month (May) in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim, and provide resources to parents for teaching their kids this important skill.

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Drowning statistics source: (CDC) Weekly 5/18/12 61 (19); 344-347. See the CDC website for additional information about drowning prevention.

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