What We Do
Hope Floats partners with high-quality swim schools to provide scholarships for swimming lessons for children living in poverty. Hope Floats raises money by partnering with individuals, businesses, and foundations that want to be a force for good in their communities. Scholarships and tuition assistance is provided to children living in poverty, who might not otherwise be able to afford swim lessons.
Did You Know?
Drowning is the Leading Cause of Accidental Death in the U.S. for Ages 4 & Under (CDC).
Drowning is the 2nd Leading Cause of Accidental Death in the U.S. for Ages 14 & Under (CDC).
Globally, the highest drowning rates are among children 1-4 years, followed by children 5-9 years (World Health Organization).
Lower socioeconomic status is associated with higher risk of drowning (WHO).
African American children in the U.S. drown at rates 5.5 times higher than whites (CDC).
Participation in formal swim lessons reduces risk of drowning by 88%! (National Institute of Health, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2009)
Children who learn to swim at a young age, not only are able to save their own life, but are reaching developmental milestones earlier than the norm.
According to Griffith University research (2013), young children who participate in swim lessons at an early age boosts the development of the Whole Child and are:
20 months ahead in understanding directions
17 months ahead in story recall
10 months ahead in cognitive skills
7 months ahead in fine motor skills
How Can I Help?
Take Action by Making a Donation! Your donation will stay in your community to make a difference.
Are You a Business Owner? Partner with Hope Floats to show your community and your clients how much you care.
Are You a Swim Lessons Provider? Help us give qualified scholarship recipients the life-saving gift of swimming.