Splash Mid-South is a community-wide, volunteer initiative developed to give more children the opportunity to learn to swim.
Formed after the tragic deaths of two Memphis teens in 2008, we are committed to providing free or low-cost swim lessons, encouraging minority participation in swimming and supporting lifeguard training. We based our efforts on research from the University of Memphis that shows African American and Latino children are more likely to drown compared to their Caucasian counterparts.
Splash Mid-South, is a community coalition led by Safe Kids Mid-South, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, City of Memphis, Memphis Tiger Swimming and University of Memphis.
Connecting at-risk children to local swim lessons is one of our top priorities. We partner with local aquatic centers to help children become familiar with the water and learn lifelong skills.
Occasionally, Splash Mid-South offers a limited number of low-cost swim lessons or water safety courses to children ages 6-12. For more information about low-cost swim lessons at the City of Memphis aquatic centers, contact:
Hickory Hill Aquatic Center
3910 Ridgeway Road
Memphis, TN 38115
Bickford Aquatic Center, City of Memphis
235 Henry Avenue
Memphis, TN 38107
To receive free or low-cost swim lessons, the child should meet the following qualifications:
Age 6 – 12 years
Must be on Free School Lunch Program
Must be able to attend all 10 sessions
Must have swim suit, goggles, towel (may be provided, if not possible to provide)
Must have transportation to and from the swim lesson site
Each year Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital treats about 40 children who drown or almost drown in pools, ponds or other bodies of water.
Home swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for a child between the ages 1 to 4 years, according to Safe Kids USA.
Parents and caregivers who supervise children in the water must know how to perform CPR. CPR can save your child’s life.
Splash Mid-South offers an annual free “friends and family” CPR training session each spring. The course is designed to arm parents and caregivers with the knowledge of how to respond in a tragic situation.
To be added to the event mailing list, contact Susan Helms at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 287-6730.
Mid-South Aquatic Resources
Bartlett Recreation Center
Germantown Athletic Club
Girl Scouts Heart of the South
G.W. Henderson, Sr. Aquatic Center
Memphis Jewish Community Center
Memphis Tiger Swimming
University of Memphis
Cordova Family YMCA
Thomas B. Davis YMCA
Fogelman Downtown YMCA
Ric Nuber YMCA
Olive Branch Family YMCA
Olive Branch, MS
YMCA at Schilling Farms
City of Memphis Pools
17 indoor + outdoor pools across city
Splash Mid-South has based its efforts on cutting-edge research about minorities and swimming participation from the University of Memphis.
In the first study of its kind, “Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation” discovered the gaps and barriers in minority swimming:
68.9 percent of African American youth and 57.6 percent of Hispanic/Latino youth have no or low swimming ability
University of Memphis researchers Carol C. Irwin, PhD, and Richard L. Irwin, EdD, conducted this research commissioned by USA Swimming.
Splash Mid-South partners with the University of Memphis and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change to study minorities and swimming participation.
Supporting Splash Mid-South allows us to teach children to swim. We appreciate those who help us keep kids safe in and around the water.
Donate online or mail a check payable to Splash Mid-South to:
848 Adams Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
For more information, contact Susan Helms at email@example.com or 901-287-6730.
Donations to Splash Mid-South are deemed charitable under Section 501(a) of the internal revenue code as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3). Donations are processed by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital which coordinates the efforts of Splash Mid-South.