Local Partner Program

What is Make a Splash?

Make a Splash is a national child-focused water safety initiative created by the USA Swimming Foundation to save lives and teach every child in America how to swim.

Launched in 2007, Make a Splash works by aligning the nation's top learn-to-swim resources in an effort to save lives.  Make a Splash educates parents through a national awareness campaign, saves lives by joining forces with grassroots learn-to-swim programs and reaches thousands of children.   


The Opportunity


Since the launch of the Make a Splash initiative, many organizations throughout the U.S. have reached out to USA Swimming to find out how to participate in Make a Splash. One of the guiding principles of Make a Splash is to spread the word and mission of the USA Swimming Foundation to EVERY community in the nation. In order to reach the widest audience possible, Make a Splash will partner with both USA Swimming member clubs and non-member organizations through the Local Partner Program.  

The Plan

Develop a nationwide network of community organizations and programs to join the USA Swimming Foundation in activating the Make a Splash initiative. These "Local Partners" will make up the network of providers that deliver Make a Splash programs.

Current Local Partners 

Who Can Be a Local Partner?

The Make a Splash Local Partner Program is geared toward small and large community programs across the U.S. We envision particiation by the following groups with a variety of curricula and more:   

  • USA Swimming member clubs
  • YMCAs
  • Learn-to-Swim Programs
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Parks & Recreation Departments
  • Summer League Programs
  • School Districts
  • You!

 Why Should My Local Program Make a Splash?

The Local Partner program provides the opportunity to make a difference in your community using the power of Make a Splash.  The Make a Splash campaign will help you locally to: 

  • Expand awareness about the importance of water safety and the need to learn to swim
  • Make your learn-to-swim program services become more visible in your community.

The specific benefits of partnering with the USA Swimming Foundation are numerous.  We share the common goal of saving lives and getting kids more fit.  Your program can take advantage of these great Local Partner benefits: 

  • Utilize the Make a Splash name and branding in your community to help drive awareness for your learn-to-swim and aquatic programs
  • Participate in an on-going, national marketing and public relations campaign along with the USA Swimming Foundation and its corporate and aquatic partners.
  • Receive a FREE promotional kit of materials to use in your community to include:

        CD/DVD set that includes flyer templates, posters, water safety day ideas, images, press release templates, logo artwork and logo usage guidelines, professionally produced radio and TV PSAs

         20 Make a Splash promotional cards with logo pins

         20 laminated Water Watcher cards and wristbands

         100 Make a Splash tattoos and stickers

         Make a Splash Banner to hang in your facility

         Opportunity to purchase additional Make a Splash materials at cost

  • Access to a national learn-to-swim general liability insurance program with attractive rates
  • Enhanced ability to raise funds in your community to help provide “scholarships” to children from economically-disadvantaged populations
  • Potential to apply for future grant dollars and/or scholarship support


How to Get Started

Click here for the Local Partner Program Application

Click here for the Local Partner Application Checklist

Click here for Local Partner Program Requirements

Click here for Local Partner Program Benefits

Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Click here for more information about the USA Swimming Foundation

For more information on the Local Partner Program please contact Kim O’Shea at koshea@usaswimming.org or call 719-866-4578.