SOS: Sink or Swim is dedicated to teaching children how to swim and to be safe in the water.
Through the help of charitable donations to SOS Sink or Swim and partner support, more than 3,500 area children have received free swimming lessons at St. Michaels and Easton community pools since SOS began in 2014.
HOW IT WORKS
Children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years may sign up through Talbot County Parks & Recreation. Three, two-week sessions are held 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.
Donations to SOS Sink or Swim help make the program free for all participants, with as little as $50 sponsoring two weeks of free swimming lessons and making a difference for a child in need.
As an official Local Partner with USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative to help save children's lives through swim lessons, SOS Sink or Swim is nationally recognized as a learn-to-swim provider, and community-based water safety advocate.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Chesapeake Bay has more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, 600 miles in Talbot County
20% of all drowning victims are children
According to a Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine report, formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%
A 2017 USA Swimming Foundation study reports 79% of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability