Hope Floats @ Salem Swim

Salem Swim – Hope Floats Founding Member & Partner
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About Hope Floats

Giving Back & Saving Lives

Hope Floats is a 501c3 national nonprofit organization that reviews scholarship applications and distributes scholarships for swimming lessons to kids in local communities. It was founded in 2016 by Cindy Tonnesen, owner of SwimKids in the Washington DC area.

Like many swim school owners, Cindy encountered many families who could not afford the life saving skill of swim lessons for their children, nor could her company afford scholarships for them all. She was committed to founding a simple, sustainable way for swim schools to provide unlimited scholarships for high-quality swim lessons in local communities, and Hope Floats was born. Hope Floats currently partners with 139 swim schools in 25 states, including Salem Swim.

Did You Know?

Drowning Is the Leading Cause of Accidental Death for Children Ages 5 & Under

The equivalent of 13 school buses full of children dies each year in the US alone as a result of drowning.  While drowning does NOT discriminate, statistics tell us that children who are poor are more likely to be sitting on these buses. But the blessing is, drowning is preventable.  

We know the risk of drowning is reduced by 88% when a child participates in formal swimming lessons. By combining our resources, we can connect disadvantaged children with high-quality swim schools and educate their families on how to keep their children safer. Hope Floats allows us to help ALL kids in our community, regardless of their parent’s ability to pay.

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How It Works

Hope Floats at Salem Swim - How It Works

* 100% of funds raised go straight to scholarships - Salem Swim covers all administrative costs.

Together, we conduct fundraisers and send all money raised to Hope Floats @ Salem Swim. Hope Floats places the funds into a “Salem Swim Bucket” that’s designated for our community.  We send families in need of scholarships to complete an online applicationFor families that qualify, Hope Floats sends a scholarship for 3 months of lessons, using our funds.

What's Expected of Qualifying Families

 If this criteria is met, families are able to re-apply for the scholarship until their child has learned to swim.

Hope Floats Scholarship Application Process Infographic

Apply for a Scholarship

As soon as you are approved we will be in touch to register you for classes.