Time to Celebrate: A Message from the Founder

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Time to Celebrate: A Message from the Founder


Swim Strong Foundation began 15 years ago with one mission: to reduce unintended death due to drowning and water-based accidents by providing life-saving swimming skills and water safety education to all children and families regardless of their ability to pay.

It’s because of donors like you that we have:

  • Taught more than 10,000 people how to swim
  • Gave more than $1 Million in free swim lessons to underserved families and Veterans needing that support
  • Taught more than 12,000 students our award-winning and lifesaving environmentally-focused water safety training “Know Before You Go®”
  • Graduated more than 200 lifeguards
  • Helped 39 military recruits learn swimming skills needed to get into Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard
  • 21 of our graduates went into first responder roles with EMT, FDNY, and NYPD
  • Mentored 102 junior coaches
  • Initiated legislation to mandate training of water safety education in NY State schools K-12 (Bills S2207/A728)

Yet millions of Americans are at risk because of flooding, storms, and wildfires. Climate-related risks are happening where they did not happen in the past. In New York City, we now experience “sunny day flooding”, a phenomenon that has nothing to do with rainfall; but everything to do with super tides. Our work to teach environmental water safety education is more crucial than ever.

Join us as we celebrate 15 years of Swim Strong by attending our anniversary events:

Virtual panel discussion ‘Water Safety and Swimming Skills: The New Urgency, The New Opportunity’ featuring experts in athletics, safety, psychiatry, coaching, and business|Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 pm ET / REGISTER HERE.


Auction taking place September 20-25 | Items being auctioned include a guitar autographed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss, Stout NYC Gift Certificate, and more! | Bid on items here beginning Monday, September 20.

If you’re unable to join us during our celebration, please donate now so our work can continue. Introduce our organization’s work and mission to friends and family by sharing widely.

Thank you,

Shawn M. Slevin

(pronouns: she/her)


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