National Learn to Swim Day - May
Sat, May 18, 2024

National Learn to Swim Day

National Learn to Swim Day is an annual American holiday that encourages you to learn to swim. It is a very useful skill, even if you live in an urban environment. Swimming has many benefits for the body: it increases endurance, improves the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and has a positive effect on the spine. The holiday is celebrated on the third Saturday in May.


The history of National Learn to Swim Day begins in 2012. It was established by SwimWays, a company that produces swimming equipment and products for water activities. The main purpose of the holiday is to teach children how to swim, as well as to learn the rules of safe behavior on the water.

Many people believe they are good swimmers, but they can also get into dangerous situations on the water. The creators of the holiday want to reduce as much as possible the number of accidents on the water, which are often related to the mistakes of the person himself. You should refuse to swim if you feel unwell, have insufficient water skills, are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. Also, do not take risks if it is stated that swimming is prohibited in a body of water.

Interesting facts

  • Swimming is one of the oldest sports. It was practiced competitively even more than 10 thousand years ago, as evidenced by images on the walls of caves.
  • Crawling is the fastest way to swim. It was created by Native Americans (Indians).
  • Every year more than half a million people drown around the world.

How to celebrate

Teach your children to swim in specialized pools. Master this skill with them if you don’t know how to swim. Learn how to behave in the water by improving your theoretical knowledge base.

Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users, can they swim? How do they rate their swimming skills?

When is National Learn to Swim Day celebrated in 2024?

National Learn to Swim Day is observed on the third Saturday of May.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday May 18 2024
Saturday May 17 2025