SOS: Sink or Swim is dedicated to teaching children how to swim and to be safe in the water. Since 2014, more than 3,500 area children received free swimming lessons in St. Michaels and Easton community pools.   


Free swimming lessons are provided through the generous support of donations to SOS Sink or Swim. Children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years may sign up through Talbot County Parks & Recreation. There are three two-week sessions at the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels and the George Murphy Community Pool in Easton. Lessons are given by certified instructors under the supervision of Talbot County Parks & Recreation.


  • The Chesapeake Bay has more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, 600 miles in Talbot County.

  • 20% of all drowning victims are children.

  • Formal swimming lessons reduce a child’s chance of drowning by almost 90%.