Splash Mid-South is a community-wide, volunteer initiative developed to give more children the opportunity to learn to swim.

Formed after the tragic drowning deaths of two Memphis teens on the same day in 2008, we are committed to providing free or low-cost swim lessons, encouraging minority in swimming, supporting lifeguard training, increasing water safety awareness, and providing community CPR training.

Splash Mid-South, led by a group of volunteers and representative from area aquatic centers and swim clubs, local schools and universities, local government, and organizations dedicated to children’s safety and wellness,  is committed to keeping children safe in and around water. Splash Mid-South strives to ensure that children and their families in our community are comfortable around water, know how to swim, and how to respond in case of an emergency.

Our efforts are based upon research from the University of Memphis that shows African American and Latino children are more likely to drown than their Caucasian counterparts.

Splash Mid-South, is a community coalition led by Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Safe Kids Mid-South, City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, The University of Memphis, The Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change, Memphis Tiger Swimming, The YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South and Memphis Pool.