FSPA and our Florida Swims Foundation announced we’re pursuing an appropriation from the State of Florida to fund childhood swim lessons.
This is just the first step in a larger effort from the Florida Swims Foundation and FSPA. The goal with this appropriation is to identify and multiply the effectiveness of childhood learn to swim programs that have the potential to be scaled up for statewide implementation.
House Bill 4245 is a $200,000 Appropriations request for the Florida Swims Foundation to support and expand existing childhood swimming lesson programs in Broward, Hillsborough, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. These counties have some of the highest childhood drowning rates in Florida.
Ultimately, the top priority for us and the Florida Swims Foundation is to reduce the drowning rate in our state and funding more childhood swimming lessons is the first step in the process. It's an essential life skill for children that will save lives.