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.
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.
Splash Mid-South offers free or low-cost swim lessons or water safety courses to children ages 6-12. For more information about 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 receive any kind of Tennessee assistance
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 nearly 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 free “friends and family” CPR training sessions annually. The course is designed to arm parents and caregivers with the knowledge of how to respond in a tragic situation.
For more information contact Susan Helms at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 287-5992.
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:
850 Poplar Building 2
For more information, contact Susan Helms at email@example.com or 901-287-5992.
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.