Drowning is the second-largest cause of death in children under 12.
The number of people who die from drowning each day in the United States is in the double digits.
Children from underserved families are at the greatest risk of drowning, due to lack of resources to pay for structured swimming lessons.
Dolphins of the Desert Swimming Academy believes that everyone needs to learn to swim, regardless of any obstacles. Since 2007, we have helped thousands of people become better swimmers in Arizona, but we realized that needed to reach out to those less fortunate.
In 2016 and 2017, DDSA co-founders Jeff Commings and Geoff Glaser hosted “Swimming With Inspiration and Motivation” on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. In 2016, the event featured 26 children from the Greeley Transitional House, which helps families find stability after the loss of a job or other financial setbacks. The highlight of the day was an introductory 30-minute lesson for the children. For some, it was their first formal swimming lesson, and hopefully the start of a lifelong love of the sport. The members of the UNC women’s swim team served as teachers in the water. A3 Performance donated swimsuits and goggles for every child to use during the lesson!
In 2017, Olympic triathlete Ben Kanute was the guest speaker, and nearly 50 children from the Greeley Transitional House and Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County came to UNC for their free introductory swim lesson. Many learned quickly in their first formal swim lesson and became water safe thanks to Kanute and the UNC women’s swim team serving as instructors! Special thanks to TYR and A3 Performance for providing goggles and swim caps free of charge for the swimmers!
Dolphins of the Desert Swimming Academy is now a Local Partner with the USA Swimming Foundation! The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. To date, more than 5 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 850 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.
We are looking to make this an annual event in Greeley, and you can help to make it happen. To learn how you can contribute to the Greeley SwIM event, send an email to Geoff Glaser.