Every Child A Swimmer Legislation introduced in New York


FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – May 23, 2024 – The Every Child a Swimmer Program, a division of the
International Swimming Hall of Fame, provides low to no-cost scholarships to swim schools to fund lessons for
low-income families and also advocates for life saving legislation.

In 2021, with the leadership of Dr. Bill Kent, International Swimming Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board, the
Every Child a Swimmer legislation was passed in the state of Florida. It requires all schools in the state to
provide parents, when they initially enroll their child in school, with information on the important role water
safety education courses and swimming lessons play in saving lives. It also requires schools to include info on
local options for age-appropriate swim lessons and how they can receive those lessons for free or at a reduced
cost.

This same legislation passed in Georgia and Arkansas in 2023. New York is the next state to consider this life-
saving legislation. Senator Cleare introduced this act to amend the education law on May 10th, proposing the

act to take effect July 1, 2024.
Every Child a Swimmer strives to get this legislation passed in all 50 states, as well as spread education and
help fund swim lessons around the world. It’s imperative that every child in the world is educated in water
safety and has access to local lessons. Every child deserves to learn this basic survival skill. You can help
donate today at https://everychildaswimmer.org/donate/.


If you are in need of lessons, you can find a swim school who is offering scholarships based on financial need
here: https://everychildaswimmer.org/find-a-lesson/.

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Casey McGovern – Program Manager
Phone – 954.275.9035
Email: casey@everychildaswimmer.org

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